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.