Sebelas Maret University (UNS) is developing joint programs for undergraduate, graduate, as well as doctoral programs, in cooperation with Murdoch University, Australia.
The agreement was written in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Rector of UNS, Prof. Dr. Ravik Karsidi, M.S. and the Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Prof. Richard Higgot, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The same agreement was also made between UNS and Curtin University and University of Western Australia (UWA).
“Murdoch University really welcomes this plan. The point is UNS students will have the chance to take several courses at Murdoch University, and Murdoch University will also send its faculty staffs to give lectures at UNS and to supervise students’ thesis or dissertation,” Ravik said.
By joining this program, it is expected that UNS students will have more competences. “Students will get full access to the facilities owned by Murdoch University, for example laboratory equipments and references sources in the library,” Ravik added.
Murdoch University representatives will visit UNS to select faculty staffs who are interested in taking doctoral programs at the University. Moreover, they will also give English language training for prospective students whose IELTS score do not meet the requirements. “Technically, we have two options. First, Murdoch University will send English teachers to UNS, and we will have to provide local accommodation for them. Or, we can send our faculty staffs to learn English there, without having to pay for the tuition fee.”
The collaboration with Murdoch University has actually been established a long time ago. One of the collaborative activities is joint research. There is an ongoing collaboration on fish conservation, conducted by Prof. Sutarno, Ph.D. with Prof. Allan Lymbery. This program will be developed in other fields of study, including social sciences, especially Asian Studies and Business Schools. Murdoch University is highly interested in conducting research on Borobudur and they have invited UNS as research partner.
Collaboration with Curtin University and University of Western Australia
UNS has been developing collaboration with Curtin University for a long time through Double Degree Program in Master of Accounting managed by the Faculty of Economics of UNS and Curtin Business School. “Scholarships are available and Curtin University is ready to host the program. We will prepare students to join the program,” Ravik said. In addition, researchers from both universities have also been conducting joint researches.
Curtin University is also ready to accept UNS faculty staffs to take doctoral studies there. The university does not even include IELTS as one of the requirements since it is preparing its own English language test.
UNS will also develop the same collaboration with University of Western Australia (UWA). “We will focus the collaboration on agriculture. We are very rich in agricultural resources, and UWA is one of the top 40 universities in the world in the field of agricultural sciences,” Ravik added.
In addition, UWA also invited UNS to join several other outstanding universities in Indonesia which are members of the “Group of Eight” (the top eight best universities in Indonesia) to discuss further possible collaboration.
“We are also preparing our faculty staffs, especially those with doctoral degree, to join the Academic Recharging program. Murdoch University, Curtin University, and UWA are ready to facilitate this program,” Ravik added.