UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga was rusted to be the host of a gathering titled “East Java State University Rectors’ Forum”. It was held in Plenary Room, Management Office Building Campus C Universitas Airlangga on Wednesday October 5.
The delegation of ten state universities (PTN) in UNAIR were from Institut Teknologi 10 Nopember, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Ampel, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Trunojoyo, Universitas Jember, Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jatim, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, and UNAIR as the host.
There were three agendas discussed during the meeting attended by 31 university high-ranked officials. In a brief interview, the forum coordinator who is also UNEJ Rector, Drs. Moh. Hasan, M.Sc., Ph.D said that there are three main agendas to discuss in the forum. They are procurements of electronic journals and books, book composition on community service and collaborative consortium of state universities in East Java and West Australia.
Rector UNAIR Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak., after the meeting stated some important issues regarding education internationalization. Prof. Nasih said that his unit is making efforts to make government provide student visa for foreign students who study in Indonesia. The objective is to increase the number and ease the access for foreign students to study in Indonesia (inbound mobility).
“We are pushed towards internationalization so there should be more foreign students study here. Not only us, should work this out. . So foreigners who want to study here have difficulties as what visa they should come here with. It is important. If we are always be pushed to go abroad, the benefits will be for other countries only,” said Prof. Nasih.
Almost all countries provided student visa for foreign students who study in those countries.
The second issue highlighted by UNAIR was the effort on tackling radicalism in academic community through supervision on staff. According to Prof. Nasih, every employee should have commitment to the nation, Indonesia.
“To prevent radicalism especially among the contract civil servants (CPNS), as they do not meet the requirement related to the nation aspects, we will stop their employment process, so the CPNS can’t be PNS. While the PNS, will get their employment stopped if there are sign and proofs, as it is likely to happen at the moment,” said the professor of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UNAIR.
Regarding the East Java state universities collaboration with West Australia universities, Prof. Nasih expected improved inbound mobility from the students or researchers of Australia. He hoped that the collaboration will be mutual, especially on Education, Research and Community Service. (*)
Author : Defrina Sukma S.
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh