Three Things Discussed in East Java State Universities’ Rectors’ Meeting

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There were ten high officials of state universities present in “East Java State Universities’ Rectors’ Forum Meeting” on Tuesday, January 31. (Photo: Alifian Sukma)

UNAIR NEWS – There were ten high officials of state universities present in “East Java State Universities’ Rectors’ Forum Meeting” on Tuesday, January 31. It was held in Technopark Building, Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran.

The ten state universities taking part were Universitas Airlangga, Institut Teknologi 10 Nopember, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Jember, Universitas Trunojoyo, Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, and UPN as the host.

The forum presided by UNEJ Rector Drs. Moh. Hasan, M.Sc., Ph.D, as the coordinator of East Java State Universities’ Rectors’ Forum, discussed some important points; joint procurement of journals and electronic books, publishing book which promotes East Java state universities’ excellence, and joint research and publications.

Regarding the procurement of journals and electronic books, at the moment, the budget to subscribe electronic journals and books has reached Rp 25 billion. UNAIR itself has spent Rp 5.3 billion, with Rp 4.1 billion and Rp 1.2 billion respectively.

UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak, interviewed after the meeting said that the joint procurement of electronic journals and books for East Java state universities has cost a lot money. Therefore, an effective and accurate formula is needed to make journal subscription efficient. The solution is to create a consortium for joint subscription but an agreement on this has not been made.

“We will not make one subscription for all in East Java so we can get varied journals. But we haven’t decided yet. We can’t possibly let others with a budget at 150 million stay at that amount, there will be no effect of this. They with low budget for it will be encouraged to increase their budget but not as high as UNAIR at 4 billion. Let UNAIR reduce it and the others increased it a bit,” said Nasih.

In the forum, UNAIR was appointed as the coordinator of book publishing promoting excellences of state universities inEast Java, also for joint research in social and humanities. Later on, the book will describe each university’s excellence. Vice Rector IV UNAIR Junaidi Khotib, Ph.D., after the meeting said that his unit does not limit the content of the book due to universities diversification reason.

“Some excel in agribusiness and others in health sciences. And when they become one book, it becomes a strength as the universities have something to be proud of,” he added. The target, the book will start printing in March.

Regarding the joint research and publications indexed by Scopus and Thomson Reuters, Junaidi said that head lectors and professors have been accustomed to publish research so it should not be a big problem. But for the one who did not use to it, it will be difficult. Therefore, joint collaboration of research and publications should be improved.

He gave an example, in a research team with UNAIR mandatory research program budget, the team leader must be from UNAIR, and the members are from other universities. “Every grant is Rp 250 million. The leading researcher should be from UNAIR, while the team is made of researchers from other universities in this forum,” said the lecturer of Faculty of Pharmacy (FF).

Previously, the collaboration of researchers between universities is common but through this forum, the joint collaboration of research and publication is scheduled as a program so it can be soon accelerated. (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S

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