UMM Presents Diaspora Scientists from Swinburne Australia, Sharing the Tips to Achieve World Class University

Author : Humas | Wednesday, August 21, 2019 17:35 WIB
Dr. Dina Wahyuni, Swinburne University of Technology Australia lecturer while sharing her experiences in front of UMM lecturers. (Photo: Mirza/PR UMM)

In this4.0 industrial era, various dimensions of life must be improved. The used oldschool pattern must be updated by integrating with various technological sophistication nowadays. Universities also needed to make adjustments. One of the ways is by giving lectures based on networks (online).

"This method has been implemented well at the Swinburne University of Technology," explained Dr. Dina Wahyuni, Swinburne University of Technology Australia lecturer while attending the Strengthening of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Internationalization Program towards World Class University, Wednesday (8/21).

Dina is one of the diaspora scientists from Indonesia who became a permanent lecturer abroad. This alumnus of Jember State University, East Java shared his observations of the academic environment of world-class universities in Australia, especially where she taught as an Indonesian diaspora.

"There, the entire quality of higher education is assessed by customers, namely students," she said. This includes teaching in class, lecturer competence and quality of teaching materials. The university where Dina teaches always gets first place in the education service. She also explained how tight the academic atmosphere was at Swinburne.

"If the lecturer is unable to attend, they cannot change classes up to them,"she said. The lecturer, she continued, had to contact their teaching partner and the class had to continue because everything had been systemized. Every teaching and learning process will be automatically recorded and the students can play back after class.

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There are three types of lecturers at Swinburne. Teaching Only, Research Only and Conventional. Teaching Only has no obligation to research, the task is only to teach. Then, conventional lecturers are obliged to do research and teaching. This distinction is an effort to continue focusing on educational institutions in carrying out their ideals and obligations.

The research ecosystem that is where Dina teaches is also not far from the situation in Indonesia. Little difference is the large-scale research initiated by the Government. "This year, we are researching carbon emissions," said Dina.

According to Dina, to get to World Class University, it takes seriousness in forming a good academic culture. Starting from research to education services for students. She also gave an example, when she taught,she had the responsibility of teaching 1000 students in one subject.

Then he divided into two meetings, which means, 500 studentsfor each meetings who were taught in large classes. The theory class only lasts 2 hours. Then continued withdivided tutorial small classes with each instructor.

Not just direct classes, there are also online classes. Online class does not mean fully online. There are still 12 face-to-face meetings conducted. The appearance of this online class is almost the same as applied by the Open University in Indonesia.

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Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Sc, Vice Rector I of UMM explained that World Class University (WCU) was UMM's endeavor. The road to the vision needs to be taken well. One of them is through sincerity in providing outcomes in the form of scientific publications. There are many containers for scientific publications and they must be well utilized.

In addition, for Syamsul, universities in Indonesia also need to learn from several universities that have become a reference for world universities. "We have a great opportunity to become one of the best universities in the world," he said. (joh)



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