Indonesia becomes the second country after Egypt which targeted by students of Southern Thailand to continue their study in Higher Education institutions. Most of Thai students who study in Indonesia choose Muhammadiyah Universities (PTM). This was stated by the Secretary General of Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) Thailand, Suphanat Sirunthawinati, when he was welcoming 6 PTM delegates led by Prof. Dr. Edy Suandi Hamid at SBPAC headquarters in Yala, Southern Thailand on Wednesday (30/5).

The PTM delegates are The Chairman of the Association of International Relations Office (ASKUI) of PTM, Endang Zakaria, who is also The Head of International Relations Office (IRO) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta, Head of IRO of Universitas Ahmad Dahlan Ida Puspita, Secretary of IRO of Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara Emni Purwoningsih, Head of IRO of UHAMKA Purnama Syaepurohman, and Head of IRO of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Yordan Gunawan.

“PTM graduates who return to Thailand have worked in government and private sector institutions” We are glad they are studying in Indonesia because for us Indonesia is our brother”, said Suphanat.
Prof. Edy, who is also Vice Chairman of Higher Education Council Muhammadiyah, addressed his expectation to SBPAC to improve the collaboration with Muhammadiyah. “We will renew the MoU to increase the opportunity for Southern Thailand’s people to study at PTM, and we will also provide scholarships, which we are currently offering scholarships from 16 PTM. This number will be increased,” said Prof. Edy.

The selection of 99 Thai students who will study at 16 PTM was conducted through SBPAC. The selection process will also be held to 90 applicants who are applied through MEDAT (Muslim Education Development Association of Thailand) in Songkhla and Bangkok.

The number of PTM that spread in various regions of Indonesia becomes the attraction factor for students from Thailand. “Not only from Southern Thailand but from other regions”, said Prof. Edy Suandi.

Meanwhile, Chairman of ASKUI PTM, Endang Zakaria added that the field of Islamic dakwah for Muhammadiyah is no longer limited by the border of state and religion, but must be more universal, to gain great influence of dakwah. “Muhammadiyah should expand the dakwah area to all mankind from various countries, through education sector”, Endang Zakaria concluded.

Jakarta, March 9, 2018, University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ) hosted a Cooperation Initiation Meeting between 14 Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institutions (PTM) and Chikyujin Foundation for the Students internship program of Agriculture Faculty in Japan. This meeting was attended by 26 representatives of 14 PTM from all over Indonesia, consisting of Rectors, Deans of the Agriculture Faculty and Heads of International Office (KUI) of each PTM. The Chikyujin Foundation has previously established an internship partnership with the University of Muhammadiyah North Sumatera (UMSU), where UMSU has sent 12 students to Japan for Internship at Yukiguni Maitake Mushroom Company in Niigata, Japan, in the period August 2017 to February 2018.

Chikyujin Foundation itself is an organization aimed to provide a variety of supports to foreign students that are studying in Japan from all countries around the world, they can learn Japanese culture, traditions, technology, hospitality and others. The meeting at UMJ was attended by The Founder of Chikyujin Foundation, Mr. Iwamoto Shinichi  and Managing Director of Chikyujin, Mr. Naofumi Shirotani. In this meeting was introduced Chikyujin Foundation profile and PTM profile and ended with a special cooperation offer made for PTM; they are Internship Program and Japanese Studies.

General Manager of Chikyujin Indonesia, Mrs. Aznina conveyed that for the next period of student internship is estimated in September 2018 which has 8 until 10 Months internship time span. The students will work in Vegeta Corporation and Bingo Corporation in Fukuyama, Japan. Mr. Kazuo Sawachi, as President Director of Chikyujin Indonesia also conveyed his commitment to give priority to Muhammadiyah Universities for the programs offered by Chikyujin Foundation.

Vice Rector 1 of UMJ, Mr. A. Kahar Maranjaya who attended the opening ceremony welcomed the offer of this collaboration. He softly reminded that all initiation of international cooperation should be implemented for the needs of accreditation.

Chairman of the Association of International Relations Office of PTM (ASKUI) who is also the Head of International Relations Office of UMJ, Endang Zakaria conveyed that ASKUI with the support of Council of Higher Education, Research & Development – Central Board of Muhammadiyah, will bridge the implementation of cooperation between several PTM with Chikyujin Foundation-Japan.

“The International Relations Office of PTM  in Indonesia is very solid and work together to complement and strengthen each other in improving the implementation of international cooperation in each PTM”, said Endang Zakaria.    (Ghea)

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)