UNIVERSITY of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), lead by Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, MAP and Prof. Dr. Bambang Widagdo, MM, visited Japan on February 8. This visit to Japan was to strengthen the cooperation between UMM and two Japan universities, Kanaza Technical College ad Kanazawa Institute of Technology. The UMM group was welcomed by the higher-ups of both universities.
According to Jarum, M.Ed, the Head of International Relation Office (IRO), UMM strengthen and broaden the cooperation in many fields, one of them is the learning curriculum. “We planned to create a joint curriculum, especially in technology field. That curriculum will be specially applied in UMM whether that (curriculum, red) will be applied in whole faculty or just in Engineering Faculty,” Jarum explained.
Besides cooperating in curriculum, Jarum added, there would be cooperation in engineering and industry field. He said that Japan had many industries and companies in Indonesia. That’s why cooperation in industry was needed to secure those companies. “Japan companies will need to learn about culture and social aspect and how is the recruitment system in Indonesia. UMM is ready to transfer those informations,” Jarum asserted.
Jarum said that UMM had already cooperated with the other foreign universities through Learning Express (LEx) student exchange program. “In the next March, those two universities will sent their 18 students to UMM,” as said by this Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) lecturer.
UMM, Jarum added, chose this two universities because both have some specialities and uniqueness. Both universities have a program of uniting cooperation between university, industry and also government. “There are offices for industry which became the partner of universities and their workers can visit those offices. Those offices are two times wider than the classes. So, if the students and professors invent something new, they can discuss it with those industries,” he explained. (gas/han/t_rfd)