MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, MALANG – Department of Communication Science of f Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) became the first private university achieving the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) on Tuesday (25/5). The achievement shows that the department, established in 1986, is certified internationally.
The certification began from a Self-Assessment Report of documents sent to the office of AUN-QA. Then, there’s a remote visitation by two professors, namely Prof. Dr. Rosemary Seva from De La Saile University, the Philippines and Asst. Prof. Supitcha Cheevapruk from Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand. They assessed the university, faculty, and department. During the assessment, they also confirmed the submitted documents to the SAR team, faculty and department leaderships.
Besides, they virtually visited several university areas such as library and other university facilities. The university staff were also required to affirm the university data.
Rector of the UMM Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd. stated that the international certification showed that the university would like to reach broader scope. “The establishment of the UMM is devotion of Muhammadiyah to this nation. This achievement convinces us to take roles in international levels,” he declared.
Head of Department of Communication Science Himawan Sutanto was optimistic that the department could go through the certification well. His parties had prepared it well and were supported by university and faculty parties. “Achieving A-accreditation three times, the department could obtain the AUN-QA,” he told.
The AUN-QA would become a stepping stone for the UMM to foster the department in international levels. Himawan informed that his parties would offer an international class by collaborating with strategic foreign partners.
In addition, Vice Rector I of the UMM Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si. agreed that the AUN-QA would become one of the university policy bases to offer international classes. “The classes is about not only using English as a medium of instruction but also broadening international networks,” he conveyed.