30 delegates from Muhammadiyah Higher Education visited Australia under coordination of Muhammadiyah Higher Education Council. Their visit to do an academic collaboration initiation with some universities and educational institutions on 12 until 18 February 2018. The first agenda of the visit was to have the collaboration with Holmesglen Institute. Ms. Marry Faraone as Holmesglen Institute’s Chief Executive addressed few points regarding the management of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) programs in Australia. The program is similar to vocational education or polytechnic in Holmesglen. The vocational education in Australia is developed in a certain way so it can match with every requirement that industry needs and it is also important to have the programs have the same synergy with government roles in vocational education programs.

Students are given exactly the same training that they will do in the real industry. They will get a certificate that will be useful to apply for job. The certificate refers to Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) or it’s similar with Kerangka Kualifikasi Nasional Indonesia (KKNI) which has 10 levels. The lowest level gets the Certificate 1 until the highest level gets a doctoral degree.

“Holmesglen has collaborated in the field of research programs with industry, local community, and government which focused on courses development, working readiness, and quality improvement in industry and education” said, Dr. Henry Pook.

After the presentation of how Australia, especially Holmesglen Institute, manages its vocational education, the second day of the schedule was the MoU signing ceremony between Holmesglen with 18 Muhammadiyah Higher Education under Council of Higher Education Research and Development of Muhammadiyah. The ceremony was held at Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure, Melbourne. This MoU should become the trigger for Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institutes around Indonesia to reach higher level education standard following what Holmesglen Institute already has.

According to Head of International Relations Office, University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta, Endang Zakaria (who joint the visit), the possibilities of collaboration with Holmesglen can be done in many fields of higher education, particularly in the vocational education.
Vice Rector 2 of UMJ, Dr. Haris Sarwoko also states the same statement. (Ghea)

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