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)