UNAIR Master Program in Linguistics gains international accreditation

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Lecturers from Faculty of Humanities (FIB) Universitas Airlangga receives a visit from the assessment team of Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Although it is considered the youngest program at Faculty of Humanities (FIB) Universitas Airlangga, the Master Program in Linguistics is also serious in improving its quality of education. It was proven through accreditation at national and international level which was successfully gained some time ago.

The exciting news related to the accreditation was conveyed by Dr. Dra. Ni Wayan Sartini, M.Hum., as the coordinator of Linguistics Master’s Program via telephone. According to Wayan, since it was established in 2014, it gained two accreditation.

“First, is the B accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT) in 2016. Second, the accreditation from the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) which was just gained last March,” said the ethnolinguistic expert.

The doctor graduated from Udayana University in Bali explained that initially Linguistics Science program was appointed to apply for FIBAA international accreditation with two other programs, Psychology and Law Program. In order to gain smooth accreditation process, FIB then formed a committee to prepare a self-assessment report (SAR).

“During the preparation of various documents requested for accreditation, the program always coordinates and receives a lot of support from the faculty. After going through a long process, finally the Linguistics Program succeeded in gaining FIBAA accreditation, ” she said.

The lecturer who has been researching about Mapag Toya tradition also said that the aim of FIBAA accreditation is to guarantee the quality of Linguistics program so they are equal to the quality of renowned international universities.

“Furthermore, this accreditation also opens up opportunities for cooperation in academic activities such as joint research, staff exchanges, and student exchange programs. If our reputation is good, it can increase the attractiveness of students both at national and international levels to enroll in the Study Program of Linguistics, “said Wayan.

Until now, she had carried out several international academic activities. One of them is a double degree collaboration with Asia University, Taiwan. In addition, there are some international students who take lessons in the program.

“So far, we have graduated two international students. Then there are two students undergoing the program and there will be three new more international students. Now, the 4 international students are studying Indonesian, ” she explained.

In improving the quality in the future, the program intended to focus on research excellence, academic outbound mobility, community service excellence, and boost the number of international students for degree programs.

“So, we will adjust the curriculum along with learning achievements to market and stakeholder needs. Then encourage academics to have international acknowledged competencies, one of them is through publication. And, accepting many international students for degree or non-degree programs, ” she said. (*)

Author: Nabila Amelia

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia

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