|The signing process of cooperation between UMM and Youngsan University (YSU) in YSU, South Korea.|
STUDENTS of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) now have more opportunities to study abroad through transfer credit program. The latest, UMM has just signed a cooperation agreement (MoU) with Youngsan University (YSU), South Korea.
MoU was done by UMM Rector, Drs Fauzan MPd, Vice Rector, Prof Dr Syamsul Arifin, MSi, and the Head of the Office of Foreign Affairs, Dr Abdul Haris, MA, when they visited YSU on 17 to 23 September. Following up on the MoU, representatives of YSU, Prof. Dr. Je Dae Sik, would visit UMM on Tuesday (27/9).
Abdul Haris explained that, several programs had been agreed between UMM and YSU, which were transfer credit program and double degree. "If it is credit transfer, UMM students can run the credits there. If double degree, students who are taking undergraduate courses will be two years at UMM and the two years in Youngsan, "said Haris.
Haris added that, if UMM students did a double degree program, it would automatically receive two diplomas. For a final project or thesis, it could be guided through online system. "When it is done, they will receive a diploma from UMM and Youngsan University."
Not only the students who were taking undergraduate course only who could learn there, but also UMM graduates could also continue their studies in Youngsan and get special treatment. "If UMM alumni received a letter from Rector, they will get a 50% discount on the cost of the Youngsan University," he explained further.
Abdul Haris stated that, UMM deliberately took the cooperation in order to achieve international recognition. "We want UMM students could have international experience that can be a provision for the future," said Faculty of Islamic Studies (FAI) lecturer.
Moreover, said Harris, YSU is a university located in the industrial area. "Students can easily find part time jobs to make ends meet and for tuition," he explained. Until now, UMM had done many cooperation with various international universities. By this partnership, UMM hoped all students could be motivated to have an international experience.
Meanwhile YSU representatives, Prof Dr Je Dae Sik, said that, the plan offered lectures were the students who must take 16 credits in the first two semesters and must have proficiency in English at least 530 in TOEFL score.
Not only that, Je Dae Sik explained that, YSU would facilitate UMM students who continued his studies. "The study can be done S1 or S2 to learn in 40 undergraduate study program and 5 faculty for the graduate program," he said. (Jal / han)