| Prof Dr Bambang Widagdo MM. (Vice Rector I UMM)
Soon, graduates of SMA, SMK and MA will come to university. Come of them even have registered through certain lines before they graduate. This is the season of choosing university. Diferentiating between state and private university for some people is no longer relevant. It is because difficult to distinguish the quality, accreditation and tuition fee.
“It does not mean that state university is cheaper and more qualified. It happens also to private one which is not always expensive and low in quality,” said Vice Rector I of UMM, Prof Dr Bambang Widagdo MM. Below are his tips to choose a university.
First, look at the accreditation for both national and international accreditation. Today, standard of accreditation is believed as getting closer to the real quality. You can check through campus website, Dikti or you can directly come to the university.
Second, take a look at the qualification, works and networks of the human resources (lecturers), whether they are supported by adequate campus facilities such as library, laboratory and other learning facilities or not.
Third, find a campus with character, strong identity and not campus with no 'gender'. It means there are special characteristics you can identified to yourselves when you have become alumni. For example, the campus has a particular outstanding achievement.
Fourth, note the institutional reputation of campus. For private one, make sure that there is no conflict between foundation and university management or between leaders. You have to make sure as well that the campus is known by user stakeholders. It means studying at the campus is prestigious, you can be confident. Consider not to trust campus with distance learning.
Fifth, search the alumni whether they recommend to study at the campus. If yes, the alumni were satisfied with the alma mater. Find out whether there are successful alumni with good names in job, state or even religious leader.
Sixth, even though it is simple, it is also very important: campus external factor. Find the information about whether the place is prone to disaster or not, for instance, whether the social environment supports for learning or not. Make sure you are safe from natural disaster and social interaction. At least, check whether the campus has a good relation with the social environemnt of where you will live later.
“If you have found them all, Insya Allah you have got a right choice,” concluded Bambang. (nas/t_alf)