National-scaled accreditation was not enough to measure the universities' quality in Indonesia. Eventhough the Universities' National Accreditation Board did its duties, many universities still needed 'second opinion' from another parties. That was why the Directorate General of Higher Education facilitated universities to be directly measured by an international accreditation institution, QS Star.
QS Star was an international accreditation board based in England.One of its duties was to rank world-scaled universities. As the star given to hotel, the international status done by QS Star, the universities also got star.
It was on 2010 when 28 universities in Indonesia for the first time was participated on QS Star rank. But unfortunately, there was no university in Indonesia which got three stars or four stars. It was only two stars and UMM was the only one which got it. In East Java, UMM was the only private university which got two stars, accompanied with Unair, ITS and Unibraw.
“UMM highest point is on its internationalization. It shows that we are success to make UMM a good campus for foreign students. Our international cooperations are also good,” said the Rector Assistant of Foreign Cooperation kata Asisten Rektor bidang Kerjasama Luar Negeri UMM, Suparto.
In a release sent by QS Star to UMM, there were some criteria, except internationalization. The criteria were researches qualities, graduate employability, lecturing quality, infrastructure, inovation and knowledge transferring, and public service missions.
Suparto explained that the indicators of measuring the internationalization were international-scaled faculties, researches collaborations, foreign students, religious facilities, inbound and outbound students' exchange. “Thanks Allah, the foreign students in UMM are satisfied with our services and make them tend to come back here to continue their subject,” stated Suparto.
Lately the universities which got two stars were UPI, Parahyangan University, IPB, Bina Nusantara University, Gunadarma, Undip, UNS, Unair, and ITS. While those which got one star were Syah Kuala University, ITB, UII, UM, and Unhas. Others had not get any stars yet.
So, UMM now was not only in local and national scale, but also international scale. In local scale, UMM was the top university in East Java, according to Kopertis VII on 2008, 2009 and 2010. In national scale, UMM was accreditated 'B' and was one of The 50 Promising Universities, according to Directorate General of Higher Education on 2008. (nas/t_ris)