Rector of Undiknas, Prof. Dr. Ir. Nyoman Sri Subawa, S.T., S.Sos., M.M., IPM., ASEAN.Eng. said that the globalization of education is currently starting to be echoed a lot in the world of education. The term globalization itself refers to almost all aspects of human life which are interconnected with each other and goes beyond national geographic boundaries or primordial ties such as ethnicity, nation, race, and religion. In more detail, the education implementation activities referred to will be related to teaching and learning activities that can be carried out at home and abroad. In the future, it is possible that foreign educational institutions may also establish their own institutions and organize various educational activities and programs in Indonesia. By reading this opportunity, since 2020, the Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology has launched the Independent Campus Independent Learning Program (MBKM) to facilitate educators and teaching staff to carry out teaching and learning activities independently according to their interests, talents, and related potential. The MBKM program is a flagship program used by the government in measuring the achievements of Higher Education’s Key Performance Indicators (IKU). When examined further, the indicators in the KPI are closely related to the indicators for ranking the world’s best universities, namely the indicators in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QS WUR), namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty Student Ratio, Citation per Faculty, International Faculty and Students. Therefore, the Rector of Undiknas added that Undiknas is heading towards a World Class University, adhering to the Undiknas tagline, which also underlies every work program of Undiknas. In line with Undiknas’ tagline, namely Techno Research-Preneur University, Undiknas is committed to creating young, independent and resilient entrepreneurs, prioritizing the use of technology, and based on research results. In this regard, Undiknas has designed a curriculum that requires students to have an entrepreneurial spirit, hone student hard skills and soft skills, and have digital literacy, so that the graduates have a link and match with the Industry, Business World, and the World of Work. Not only that, every year Undiknas also facilitates students to develop their business ideas through the Undiknas Entrepreneurship Grants funding program, with total funding reaching 1 billion rupiahs. Assistance and coaching for students who receive grant funding will be carried out in the Undiknas Business Incubator.
In addition, Undiknas succeeded in becoming a pioneer of a Joint Degree with HELP University Malaysia, then increasing the number of foreign students studying at Undiknas, both with short courses, full degree and internship schemes, curriculum development, and an international-based learning system, increasing the number of lecturers participating in Tridharma activities with international standards, as well as the development of cooperation with various foreign partner universities for the realization of international student’s exchange programs, double degree programs, international enrichment programs, joint-research, adjunct professors, bridging to professors for Undiknas lecturers, and others. This means that Undiknas provides space for the involvement of various institutions, organizations and industries engaged in various fields as partners in realizing the vision and mission of Undiknas, especially strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit and utilization of technology. In accordance with this, in this graduation procession, Undiknas collaborated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ikatan Nasional Konsultan Indonesia in Bali, as well as International Cooperation with the United Indonesia Micro, Komite Pengusaha Mikro Kecil Menengah Indonesia Bersatu (KOPITU) and Red Sea Associates.
“These MoUs are part & parcel of UNDIKNAS’s roadmap towards World Class University (WCU). We want to project Bali as a corridor for Higher Education Hub just not in tourism, but also as educators of knowledge. Our research needs to be strengthened in both quality and quantity on relevant UN-guided sustainability indicators. This is in parallel with our main objective to attain WCU status. The main element to be a WCU, we need to be recognized in an international accreditation, the current recognition all over the world is both QS & Times Higher Education university rankings. The indicators in the rankings revolve around academic & employer reputation, papers, and citations in the SCOPUS database, both international faculty and student engagements this above when well established than we are in the WCU horizon. The chart shown here is the Top Private Universities in the SEA Region. Indonesia has 4 representatives in this fraternity. In Indonesia, we have many private universities, we need to aspire to be a WCU thus in becoming an Education Hub & Corridor in this region.” said Prof. Vithyacharan in his speech.
“As stated earlier, our research is the calling card to promote the visibility of UNDIKNAS on the national & international platforms. Research should not just focus on the numbers, but for knowledge contribution, supporting nation building especially in technology transfer and finally research should be beneficial to our community in increasing quality of life. Thus, UNDIKNAS is on the roadmap towards establishing itself as World Class University and adapting the Digital Smart University system in this borderless world.”, he added.