UMM leaders and IUIU took a picture after meeting discussing about university management(Picture: Aan/UMM PR)
Vice Rector of Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda visited University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) on Friday (7/12) welcomed warmly by the UMM Rector, Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd. However, his visit aimed to know about the university management.
Ismail revealed that IUIU is lack of lecturers and financial resources. The only source of fund is from students’ tuition that they pay every semester. “We only have 9 thousands students. Most of them come from poor family. It makes us difficult to survive”.
IUIU is the only Islamic university in Uganda. The government’s attention is very limited somehow. FYI, Human Development Index (HDI) in Uganda is 157 of 182 countries. “UMM students need to pay four millions rupiahs every semester”, said Fauzan that made Simbwa surprised because that money is considered very cheap. Fauzan explained that it is quite expensive because the living cost in Indonesia is cheap. Furthermore, UMM has many business units that can reduce students tuition fee. They are also used as laboratories by students so the cost can be so much reduced.
Fauzan said that UMM offers scholarships for developing countries. “This year, there are 300 students studying at UMM. Most of them get scholarship”. added Fauzan. UMM will soon open scholarship for Africans, so IUIU can take part of it.
Fauzan reveals possibility for IUIU to cooperate with UMM, like Erasmus Mundus and Darmasiswa. “This meeting is the beginning of the cooperation that will be run by both universities to develop nations through education”. (lus)