A Visit: Education Attaché of the Malaysian Embassy Jakarta to State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga
State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta is currently intensively moving towards internationalization. This is to realize the reputation and quality of universities in order to be able to compete nationally or internationally. In the era of industrial revolution 4.0, the future of the academic world will become even more global, because it requires higher education. The education is needed to strengthen innovation, networking and collaboration of domestic and foreign institutions. Like working with Malaysia, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga has been carried out since the 1980s, including the University of Malaya, IIUM, the Teacher Training Institute (Academic Teacher Training) and many other universities that collaborate with faculties and study programs at State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga
"In addition, there have been a lot of students from Malaysia studying at State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga. Not only that, once there were alumni who took reunions to UIN for nostalgia for college," said Vice Chancellor for Academic and Institutional Development, Prof. Dr. Sutrisno, M.Ag., while welcoming the arrival of the Education Attaché of the Malaysian Embassy accompanied by the Head of the AUK Bureau and Head of the AAKK Bureau. Their meeting is held in the Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Building Prof. K.H. Saifuddin Zuhri State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Thursday (18/7)
Besides, the Education Attaché of Malaysian Embassy, Mohd Mubarak Shamsuddin conveyed the intention of his visit to State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga. It is part of finding out the progress of learning for students from Malaysia. In the past, the Malaysian Embassy had MSD, Promotion Office, now it has changed to EMI (Education Malaysia Indonesia). "The establishment of EMI is based on the close relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia," he continued.
He also added that there was a possibility if the Malaysian campus would open a branch in Indonesia. The Embassy has met with the Ministry of Religion to discuss 5,000 Doctors. If there are lecturers from State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga wishing to enroll in Malaysia, they will be appointed to universities that are in the category of QS World University Rankings.
"We will give a great welcome if there are lecturers who want to study further into Malaysia. For example in IIUM, there are many international students. If there are UIN students sent to Malaysia, then Malaysia must send students to Indonesia, "he also continued.
Achmad Uzair, MA, Ph.D., Chair of the International Office of UIN Sunan Kalijaga also responded that in September there will be an international conference in collaboration with UPM (University Putra Malaysia) to monitor the progress of student learning from Malaysia and the introduction of State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga study programs by MQA Malaysia. The agenda will also work with various parties. In addition, UIN Sunan Kalijaga has a Student's Academic Visit to Foreign Countries (SAVIOR) agenda which will be sent to 5 countries to study for 2 weeks. The countries are: Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines and Malaysia.
"Many Malaysian students are currently still studying in religious faculties. Meanwhile, there has no student from Malaysia at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FISHum). Even so, we held eNJOY Camp on last June, many participants are coming from Malaysia. We also hope that the visit can be promoted to Malaysian students to study at FISHUM whether through International Office or the Education Attache of the Malaysian Embassy, "added the Dean of FISHUM, Dr. Mochammad Sodik, M.Si.