Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is one of five universities getting appreciation from Quality Assurance Directorate in Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry in terms of their participation in fostering other universities.
Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., IPU., ASEAN Eng., said the appreciation was the result of the hard work put in by UGM in making contribution to higher education communities. UGM being appreciated shows UGM’s qualities in improving higher education institutions by sharing knowledge and supporting universities that have earned C accreditation or even not yet accredited.
“This achievement shows the seriousness of UGM in supporting other universities regarding quality assurance. It’s how to improve higher education quality to generate more qualified graduates,” he said on Wednesday (18/12).
This was a repeat to the last year when UGM was declared among five best universities that foster other universities (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi Perbanas Surabaya, Universitas Kristen Petra, Universitas Mercu Buana, and Universitas Udayana), and thus receiving grants from the Ministry.
Head of Quality Assurance Office UGM, Prof. Dr. Indra Wijaya Kusuma, M.B.A., said UGM had joined the programme for two years. In 2018 UGM lent support to 20 study programmes from 4 universities while in 2019, 22 study programmes from 7 universities.
“This year we have supported 22 study programmes from 7 universities, namely Universitas Darussalam Gontor, Universitas Muhammadiyah Gresik, Universitas Gunung Kidul, Universitas Setiabudi, STMIK AUB Surakarta, Sekolah Tinggi Psikologi Yogyakarta, and Sekolah Tinggi Teologia Baptis Indonesia,” he said.
Indra explained UGM received grants amounting Rp300 million for the programme. UGM participation in this programme, said Indra, was a commitment in helping higher education quality assurance as part of community services.
For 8 months UGM fostered 22 study programmes to level up their accreditation and help internal quality assurance. As a result, 2 study programmes have levelled up to B accreditation.
The programme is aimed at highest accredited universities to support other universities and study programme that have yet to be accredited or C accredited. The programme starting in 2017, currently there are 30 universities fostering and 190 universities being fostered. In 2018 the figures increased to 29 and 141 respectively.