UNAIR NEWS – Various steps to improve global reputation have been made by Universitas Airlangga. Collaboration through joint research, academic mobility and visits to international universities are some of the efforts carried out every year as an ongoing internationalization program. These internationalization programs will help universities improve their ranking among world universities.
Times Higher Education (THE), one of the world’s university ranking institutions, has just held THE Training Session at Universitas Airlangga on February 11, 2020. The activity was held from a collaboration between Ministry of Education and Culture with Times Higher Education.
THE representatives were Julie Wilkens McMahon, J.D., Asia Pacific Regional Director and Simone Dilena, Asia Pacific Client Engagement Manager, while the Ministry of Education and Culture was represented by Dra. Nining Setyawati, Head of Sub-Directorate of Higher Education Performance Assessment.
Representatives from the World Class University Task Force Team in 14 state and private universities were also present as participants. Representatives of higher education institutions attended included the University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Bogor Agricultural University, Hasanuddin University, Diponegoro University, Sepuluh November Technology Institute, Brawijaya University, Sebelas Maret University, Padjajaran University, Bina Nusantara University Jakarta, Indonesian Education University and University of North Sumatra.
UNAIR Faculty and Postgraduate School leaderships, Head of the Planning and Development Board, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, S.E., MBA., Ph.D, and Head of Airlangga Global Engagement, Dian Ekowati, Ph.D, and their staff were also present in the session.
UNAIR Vice Rector I, Prof. Dr. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih, Dra., MSi., opened the session carried out in Kahuripan Room 301, UNAIR Management Building, Campus C. In his remarks, Prof. Nyoman was grateful to be able to host the session and conveyed the importance of university ranking.
“Ranking has become a significant part in the landscape of higher education, both domestically and globally. Ranking also has a very important role in showing the quality of an institution of higher education to prospective students, parents, employers, and the government, “said Prof. Nyoman
Representative from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dra. Nining Setyawati after Prof. Nyoman also had the opportunity to express her gratitude for the presence of Times Higher Education representatives and expressed her expectation for the event.
“Thank you for your coming Julie, and I hope this activity can be fruitful for all of us and improve our university ranking in Times Higher Education ranking,” said Dra. Nining Setyawati.
In the training session, two representatives of THE each presented material related to THE ranking. Julie Wilkens McMahon, J.D. explained about how to understand THE ranking, especially about the source of the data and methodology of ranking.
“THE’s mission is to help create the conditions and culture that universities need to succeed, by providing data and insights from the world’s top universities,” Julie said.
She also said that the ranking should not be used as the main goal of an institution but as a tool to help develop strategies and become a guide for students, academics, government and industry.
Meanwhile, Simone Dilena, THE Asia Pacific Client Engagement Manager, presented material that was more technical, about THE Data Points and how to enter new data into the system owned by Times Higher Education.
“THE ranking, especially the most recent one, in 2020, comprised over 1,400 institutions and from Times Higher Education Data Points there are three rankings, World University Rankings, Reputation Rankings and Subject Rankings,” said Simone Dilena.
Author: Andi Pramono
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh