Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) is now on its track to be a world class university. A number of international programs have been undertaken such as International Teaching Practicum Program, Credit Earnings Program, Student and Staff Exchange, Summer Camp, International Student Community Engagement, BIPA Program, and International Internship.
The international internship program of UMP allows international student to do internship at UMP for a certain period. Recently, UMP has accepted new intern, Kevin Sabourin from France. He will be working at the university for 6 months started on March 13, 2017.
Kevin is a master degree student of Department of Languages in University of La Rochelle, France, and studies English and Bahasa Indonesia at the university. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia quite fluently. In addition, it is not his first experience in Indonesia. Previously, in 2013 he lived in Bandung for 6 months and studied at Universitas Padjadjaran in the student exchange program. No wonder Kevin got used to the culture of Indonesia very easily.
“Due to the time difference and the long trip from France to Indonesia, I just experienced jet lag a bit. However, I could cope up with it in a few days after my arrival and now I am able to sleep at night and everything is going alright,” Kevin said.
At UMP, Kevin will help the university build up the international atmosphere by doing a number of academic and non-academic activities such as visiting classes and schools, teaching English, translating documents, proofreading, joining football exhibitions, etc.
Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., the Director of International Affairs Office of UMP, believed Kevin’s presence will be beneficial for the development of UMP internationalization. “Now we are pursuing to become a world class university. This international internship program will surely boost the internationalization of UMP and help us establish the international atmosphere at the university. With his ability to speak three languages (Bahasa Indonesia, English, and French), I believe Kevin is able to contribute a lot for UMP,” she said. (Nov)
Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) with the other 33 Muhammadiyah Universities signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 12 most well-known higher education institutions from Taiwan in the occasion organized by the Central Board of Muhammadiyah in hall KH. Dahlan Gedung Pusat Dakwah Muhammadiyah Jl. Menteng Raya No. 62 Central Jakarta.
The MoU under the name of University of Muhammadiyah Leading Group and Tainan Universities Alliance contains 5 matters e.g. students exchange, faculty cooperation, scholarships and staffs, curriculum development cooperation, mutual research collaboration, cooperation on culture, economy, norms, society and politics with impacts on modernity of technology with global competitiveness.
According to Dr. Ns. Jebul Suroso, S. Kep., M. Kep., the vice rector for development and partnership, it is a good news for the academicians of UMP and for the Muhammadiyah higher education institutions since the MoU indicates significant achievement for the internationalization of Muhammadiyah to establish modern education.
“This partnership is beneficial not only for UMP or Muhammadiyah but also for the education in Indonesia. The benefits from this partnership will elevate the quality of education in Indonesia. It enables us to share the educational concept, system, and management. Those are what we need now in order to improve the quality of higher education in Indonesia,” explained Jebul.
Meanwhile, Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., the director of International Affairs Office of UMP (IAO UMP), said this MoU will make any practical cooperation between UMP and those 12 Taiwan universities easier. “The door has been opened. Soon, IAO UMP will disseminate this information to the deans of faculties and heads of department in UMP in order to undertake the cooperation in the near future. We necessarily need to do real action in a little while,” she emphasized.
The event was attended by Dr. H. Haedar Nashir, M.Si., the chief of PP Muhammadiyah, and -Te Lai, M.D., the major of Tainan, Taiwan. It is reported that 33 Muhammadiyah universities took part in the partnership, e.g. Universitas Muhammadiyah (UM) Purwokerto, UM Tangerang, UM Jakarta, UM Buton, UMPalangkaraya,UMMataram, UMSumatera Utara, UM Sukabumi, UM Maluku Utara, UMB anjarmasin, UM Kendari, UM Tasikmalaya, UAD, UM Sidoarjo, UHAMKA, UM Bandung, UM Makassar, UM Gresik, UM Semarang, UM Aceh, UM Palembang, UM Surakarta, UM Ponorogo, UM Surabaya, UNISA Yogyakarta, STISIP Muhammadiyah Rappang, STIKES Muhammadiyah Klaten, STF Muhammadiyah Tangerang, STKIP Muhammadiyah Enrekang, STT Kebumen, STIKES Muhammadiyah Gombong, STIEM of Muhammadiyah Cilacap, STIKES Muhammadiyah Palembang, and STKIP Muh Rappang.
12 Taiwan universities participated in the event were National Cheng Kung University, Southern Taiwan University of Sceince and Technology, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan National University of The Arts, National University of Tainan, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, University of Kang Ning, Tainan University of Technology, Taiwan Shoufu University, Far East University, Kun Shan University, and Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science. (Gun translated by Nov)
Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) together with other 11 Muhammadiyah higher education institutions in Indonesia holds a majority stake in Asia E University, one of the most well-known private university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is stated in the letter of assignment number 04/TGS/I.A/2017 from the central board of Muhammadiyah on February 12, 2017.
It is reported that the reason Muhammadiyah decided to hold stake of Malaysian university is due to the easier process of university establishment in Malaysia than in other countries. In addition, most universities in Malaysia have been considered a world-class university and have been ready for the doctoral study development.
Dr. Ns. Jebul Suroso, S. Kep., M. Kep, the vice rector for development and partnership of UMP, said that the action of UMP together with the other 12 Muhammadiyah universities in holding stake of Malaysian university is the real effort to be the world-class universities.
“We are preparing to be a world class and research-based university in 2031, and it is one of our strategies. Moreover, it is also an internationalization of Muhammadiyah,” he said.
Furthermore, Jebul explained the process of acquisition can be accomplished this year. Therefore, in the new academic year in September 2017, Muhammadiyah universities can send its lecturers to continue their doctoral study at Asia E University. “It is in line with Muhammadiyah’s objective that in the next three years there will be 1000 lecturers with doctoral degree at Muhammadiyah universities,” he explained.
The 12 Muhammadiyah universities holding stake in the consortium are Universitas Muhammadiyah (UM) Purwokerto, UM Surakarta, UM Surabaya, UM Malang, UM Jakarta, UM Semarang, UM Sumatera Utara, UM Palembang, UM Yogyakarta, UM Makassar, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, and UM Prof Dr Hamka. Since the majority of the stake is held by the Muhammadiyah universities, the name of Asia E University will possibly be changed to University Consorsium Muhammadiyah Malaysia (UCMM). (Gun translated by Nov)
Bahasa Indonesia is an obligatory language to use by foreign workers in Indonesia. The regulation number 24 year 2009 regarding the national flag, language, symbol, and anthem states that the foreign workers must be able to speak Bahasa Indonesia. It is reported that there are more than 70.000 foreign workforces in Indonesia. This fact presents a good opportunity for educational institutions in Indonesia to provide training of Bahasa Indonesia for those foreign workers.
Therefore, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) through its International Affairs Office (IAO) conducted a two-day workshop on Management of BIPA Program in Higher Education Institutions on March 2-3, 2017. The workshop which took place at AK Anshori hall of UMP was attended by 47 participants from universities all around Indonesia.
Yusro Edy Nugroho, S.S., M.Hum (the head of Affiliation of BIPA Teacher and Activist/ UNNES), Drs. M. Muzakka, M.Hum. (the committee of Darmasiswa Program/UNDIP), Emma Maemunah, M.Hum. (Balai Bahasa Jawa Tengah), and Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D. (Director of IAO UMP) were invited to the workshop.
Yusro talked about the management of BIPA program in Higher Education Institution. There are four pillars of well-organized BIPA management e.g. academic, managerial, administration and immigration, and information and marketing pillar. Further, Yusro emphasized that everyone involved in those four pillars need to work together so that the BIPA program will run well. “BIPA is not only about teaching Bahasa Indonesia to foreigners. It’s more complex than that. All related parties must get involved in it,” he said. In addition, Muzakka discussed regarding the Darmasiswa program. In his presentation, Muzakka introduced the Darmasiswa program including the requirements, management, and any technical things about the program. Meanwhile, Emma Maemunah from Balai Bahasa Jawa Tengah, explained the material about the role of Balai Bahasa Jawa Tengah in the development of BIPA in central Java. She presented some facts about BIPA and Bahasa Indonesia such as the increasing interest of foreigners to study the language.
Apart from that, Santhy shared her experience of managing BIPA program at UMP. She explained a lot about how BIPA program of UMP grows and what challenges have been faced so far. “In order to provide excellent BIPA Program for the students, there should be support from the institution. Therefore, the higher education institution running this international program must apply the management with international standard,” Santhy said.
Moreover, Dr. H. Syamsuhadi Irsyad, MH., the Rector of UMP, appreciated the enthusiasm of the participants coming from Universities from all around Indonesia. It was reported that they were from Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Bali, and even Sulawesi Island. “I am grateful that this workshop successfully attracts the participants not only from Java but also from other Islands. I hope the participants can take the advantages of the material presented by the experts that have been invited to this workshop,” said the Rector.
Dr. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs, said BIPA must be developed through workshop or seminar. “BIPA needs to be developed as a bridge of the internationalization of institutions due to its strategic role,” said Jebul in his closing speech. (Nov-kui)
With the vision “Start Here, Go Anywhere” Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) runs a number of internationalization programs. Recently, UMP sent 15 achievement students chosen from Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) of UMP to Malaysia to undertake teaching practice program (PPL) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The program is planned to run for 29 days from February 16 to March 16. 2017.
Prof. Dr. Baharuddin Aris, Ph.D., the dean of Faculty of Education of UTM, warmly welcomed the students of UMP represented by Drs. Pudiyono, M.Hum., the dean of FKIP of UMP on Tuesday, February 14. In the meeting, both UMP and UTM are committed to mutually develop their students.
“We are expecting 15 students sent here can take advantages of knowledge and skills. The differences found in this campus will help them develop their competences,” said Pudiyono.
Referring to the data from International Affairs Office of UMP, the university has run international programs in collaboration with 37 countries around the world involving the cooperation of Tri Darma of higher education such as Education, Research, and Community Services. (Gun translated by Nov)
Asean Economic Community (AEC) becoming the popular issue nowadays insists all citizens of the South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, be well prepared in terms of international-level capability. Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) with its tagline START HERE GO ANYWHERE is committed to prepare its students with ability to compete in this global world. One of efforts done to undertake the internationalization is the implementation of International Teaching Practicum in Univesiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the students from Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) for 28 days.
Last week, UMP through International Affairs Office (IAO) conducted a briefing for the students before they leave for UTM. The briefing attended by Santhy Hawanti, PhD., the Director of IAO, Drs. Pamujo, MPd., the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of FKIP UMP, and Pratik Hari Yuwono, MA., the lecturer of FKIP UMP was for giving the explanation of any important information before the students’ departure to Malaysia.
Dr. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs, believes this international teaching practicum program is very important to show how UMP wants to position itself in the international level. “This program is intended to give both academic and cultural experience for our students. As a vice rector, I give my appreciation for the dean of FKIP and the director of IAO for implementing this program. In the future, we are expecting to have more collaborative activities such as community services for all faculties,” said Jebul.
Moreover, Santhy who has experienced of living in Australia during her doctoral study and in Bulgaria while teaching Bahasa Indonesia in the SAME Program from the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti) gave motivation and preparation so that the students will be mentally ready to teach Malaysian students at schools in Johor Baru region, Malaysia. “You all have to enjoy any challenges you face in your life, so you’ll find it easier to solve them. Believe in yourself!” said Santhy.
Apart from that, Pamujo told the students to behave well, obey any rules during their stay, and save face of the university’s reputation. He wants to ensure the students are completely ready to undertake this teaching practicum. In addition, Pratik emphasized this program is so beneficial and valuable that the students need to take as many advantages of it while learning and gaining experiences in Malaysia. The students will carry out this international teaching practicum program from February 14th to March 15th, 2017. (Nov-kui)
Inter-institutional agreement is a programme funded by Erasmus+ with which the institutions involved agree to cooperate for the exchange of students and / or staff in the context of Erasmus+. They commit themselves to respecting the quality requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education in all aspects of the organization and management of mobility and agree on a series of quantitative and qualitative measures to ensure mobility of high quality and impact.
Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) now has an Inter-institutional Agreement with Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria. This agreement is a result of a long discussion done by Santhy Hawanti, PhD, the Director of International Affairs Office of UMP, with representatives from Sofia University during her stay in Bulgaria. Sofia University that has been one of program countries of Erasmus+ sent an offer of inter-institutional agreement to UMP.
The inter-institutional agreement signed by the rectors of both universities enables UMP to send its students and/or staffs to Sofia University in order to improve their competences and the other way around. Sofia University proposes the humanities and languages subject areas of the student and staff mobility for this inter-institutional agreement. However, a further discussion between UMP and Sofia University can be undertaken in order to decide another subject area to include in the agreement.
Santhy explained this staff and students mobility can be carried out twice a year with the student mobility period of 2x5 months and staff mobility period of 1x10 days in one academic year. The students of UMP may take subject(s) in Sofia University which can possibly be counted towards their degree at UMP. In addition, the staffs sent to Sofia University will do teachings at the university for 10 days in accordance with their discipline. Dr. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs of UMP believes this agreement will help UMP boost its internationalization. UMP: Start Here Go Anywhere! (Nov-kui)
The Trump’s controversial policy regarding the ban of Moslems from 7 countries in the middle-east to enter the United States of America (USA) does not give any significant effect for Indonesia. It is proven by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP/ Indonesia) and Islamic University of Minnesota (USA) in Jakarta last week. The delegates from UMP were Dr. Ns. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs, and Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., the Director of International Affairs Office.
Jebul said this partnership involves several points related to academic activities to implement the Tri Darma of higher education such as Education, Research, and Community Services. He exemplified in terms of education, there will be students and staff exchange as well as scientific forums. In research aspect, a number of joint researches will be undertaken to achieve the targets of excellence of both parties. In addition, in terms of community service aspect, he said, “we’ll carry out a scheme of community services involving the two parties with mutual benefits”. It is reported that under Jebul’s leadership UMP has successfully cooperated with more than 41 universities abroad. He added that the partnership with Islamic University of Minnesota is a good breakthrough for UMP. “The existence of higher education institution in USA is really strategic and will boost the internationalization of UMP,” he said.
Besides the academic activities, Jebul stated an implicit message of this partnership that UMP wants to actively participate and positively contribute to a good relationship with USA. “The current issue in the mass media regarding the ban of Moslems to enter USA does not influence the possibility of partnership in education between both countries. We’ll share knowledge and educational insight for the mutual development,” he said. Moreover, Jebul also ensures that UMP supports Moslems living in USA. (Pra translated by Nov)
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the realisation of the region's end goal of economic integration. It envisions ASEAN as a single market and production base, a highly competitive region, with equitable economic development, and fully integrated into the global economy. It is now becoming the main concern among south east ASEAN countries, including Indonesia.
The Government of Republic of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti), encourages all higher education to do internationalization in order to be ready in facing the AEC. Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) supports the government’s mandate by undertaking a number of internationalization programs. One of which is to send its alumni to teach in other ASEAN countries.
To realize the program, the delegates from UMP, Dr. Jebul Suroso (Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs) and Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D. (Director of International Affairs Office), had a visit to Buranakarn Suksa Witya School in Pattani, Thailand. The representative from Buranakarn Suksa Witya School was Dr. Hasan E-Tae (Director of Buranakarn Suksa Witya School).
The agenda held on October 27, 2016 included the discussion on the agreement between UMP and Buranakarn Suksa Witya School regarding the Teaching Alumni program. Both parties agree to mutually run the program. UMP with its Faculty of Teacher Training and Education will regularly send its alumni to teach in Buranakarn for 1 year. All accommodation during their stay in Thailand will be covered by the school.
This Teaching Alumni program will definitely be beneficial to UMP for its internationalization. Until present, there have been 4 alumni of UMP teaching in Buranakarn Suksa Witya School. (kui-nov)