“ We believe that education is the act of spurring the “mental revolution” initiative because through this measure, we are shaping the minds and perspective of the people. ”
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) strives to maintain its standing as a leader in education as a study within Indonesia’s higher education sector. Currently, we have 1,200 lecturers and approximately 35,000 students at the university. Although we have received requests from the local government to expand upon our available study programmes, our university remains committed in prioritising our Education study programme. We aim to produce highly-adept teachers and education facilitators understanding their important role for the future generation of Indonesian children. As such, we actively encourage research initiatives that seek to provide solutions for the higher education sector; among these measures include motivating our lecturers to play an active role in teaching and publishing research in international journals. In order to achieve this goal, UPI maintains strict standards in the recruitment process in which we require our lecturers to fulfill the minimum requirement of obtaining a master’s degree.
Going forward, UPI has created plans on making available new faculties and study programmes as part of our efforts to continuously improve as a university. We have future plans of expanding our study programmes to include psychology and nursing as part of the Faculty of Psychology as well as the Faculty of Health. Moreover, UPI will move ahead with plans of initiating partnerships with esteemed international universities as we seek to further develop our curricula.
The higher education sector in Indonesia has immense room for growth for the coming future. Given this potential, the Joko Widodo administration has selected 11 universities including UPI to strive in becoming a world-class university as well as a leading university in Indonesia; this is largely because only a handful of local universities have been chosen in globally-ranked university indices. In fact, the government has tasked UPI and our counterparts a mission of being selected as the top 500 universities in the world. We are confident that we are able to attain this goal for subject-based top ranking indices. We estimate that we would need approximately 5 – 10 years to achieve this mission particularly for the study of education. My aim as Rector of UPI until 2020 is to realise this mission of positioning our Education study programme as a top-ranking programme globally in education.
We believe that education is the act of spurring the “mental revolution” initiative because through this measure, we are shaping the minds and perspective of the people. Moreover, the movement calls for character building which is an aspect that UPI has long undertaken through our courses such as peace education. Other measures we have implemented also include cooperating with local talents who are open-minded and eager to contribute to the higher education industry.
The idea of producing adaptable as well as work-ready graduates has long been a topic of discussion within our sector. As such, we have had discussions with a number of leaders in key industries to explore various solutions to this challenge. Most recently, we signed an MOU with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism; given the tourism industry’s robust potential in the next five years. This MOU signing therefore demonstrates UPI’s eagerness to directly contribute to the county’s tourism industry through well-equipped human capital.
UPI has established years-long relations with universities in the ASEAN in which we have utilised our network to improve upon our facilities and curricula through faculty and student exchange programmes among other measures. Thus I believe local universities should seek to find a common interest with ASEAN-based institutions in order to fully maximise the advantages of the ASEAN Economic Community.
We already have an extensive network of local and international partners which we will continue to maintain as well as expand. Currently, UPI’s partners include leading universities in the USA, France, Netherlands, the UK, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Korea. Through each partnership, we hope to identify individual areas of focus by maximising each university’s respective strengths.
Given UPI’s advantage in research, we are looking forward to collaborating on joint research initiatives as a means to further advance our research programmes. This would also assist our lecturers in publishing their research topics in international publications which is a strategy that we continue to uphold at the university.
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia is a well-known, education-focused university in Indonesia and we encourage local and international institutions to collaborate with us in wide-ranging areas of studies. Furthermore, we are trying to obtain international certification and accreditation in order to enter the ASEAN University Network. In order to realise this goal, we are also planning to have international classes and we have invited international lecturers to the university to teach our students.