Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ) has visited South Korea for Benchmarking Program on 29 Januari 2018. Mr. Irfan Purnawan (Vice Rector for Student Affairs – UMJ) with other representatives of Muhammadiyah Higher Education (PTM) was staying there for 5 days to meet representatives of three big universities in South Korea. There are Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUSF), Dong-A University, and Woosuk University. The departure of PTM representatives was facilitated by Nathaniel Global Agency. They are consist of Rectors, Vice Rectors, Deans and Heads of International Relations from 8 Muhammadiyah Higher Education across Indonesia;

  1. University Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ)
  2. University Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka (Uhamka)
  3. University Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP)
  4. University Muhammadiyah Palu (UM Palu)
  5. University Muhammadiyah Luwuk (UM Luwuk)
  6. University Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya (UM Palangkaraya)
  7. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Muhammadiyah Kudus (STIKESM Kudus)
  8. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Muhammadiyah Gombong (STIKESM Gombong)

“We did discussion and visitation to campus’ facilities in Busan. We also signed Memorandum of Understanding with Dong-A University and Woosuk University, as for the process of cooperation with BUFS is going to be continued back in Indonesia. The goal is to initiate a collaboration,” said The Rector of Uhamka, Prof. Suyatno who is also The Leader of Muhammadiyah Higher Education Delegations to South Korea, in his press release, Thursday (01/02)

The group was assisted by Professor Je Dae Sik, A Korean muslim who has studied at IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta and UNJ. They visited The Grand Mosque in Busan and Seoul. They also visited The Indonesia Ambassador for South Korea, Mr. Umar Hadi, in The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia. He sent his message especially to Muhammadiyah Higher Education, to have important roles in the internationalization of education, collaboration, and networking, in order to reach the same quality like other international higher education institutes/universities.

The discussion with three universities from South Korea was established in order to initiate collaboration in visiting professor program, staff/student exchange, research, community service, dual/double degree, further study, international seminar and other mutually beneficial activities. The collaboration priority in nearest future is Visiting Professor Program especially in engineering field, Business Administration, Economics, and Health.

Next projects which would be followed up are Dual Degree Program, Student Mobility, International Conference, PhD program for lecturers, Joint Research (Particularly for engineering programs) and also scholarship opportunities.

The offered scheme for Dual Degree program is 2+2, which is a program that the student will study in Indonesia for the first 2 years, then the next 2 years will be in South Korea. The students have to study Korean Language for 1 year to master Topik 3 Korean Language as the minimum requirement to study in South Korea. Due to this issue, Mr. Irfan Purnawan suggests that the Korean language studies could be done parallel with the studies in Indonesia in order to save budget and time for Indonesian Students. Besides, that could be an opportunity to set up a Korean Language Center in Muhammadiyah Higher Educations (PTM) to facilitate the learning process. That also a form of promotion for them.

We hope all arranged programs could be soon implemented internationally for PTM advancement, especially University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta.


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