In order to achieve its vision and mission, SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) is very keen on establishing a stronger networking system through partnerships and synergizing with other related parties. Only with good network and partnership the Centre treasures to grow bigger in the future. Therefore, on the same day after visiting Universitas Terbuka, SEAMOLEC visited its existing partners, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (UNTIRTA), Serang, Banten to explore new possible cooperation. It is also one of SEAMOLEC efforts in support to SEAMEO Priority Area No. 6: Harmonising Higher Education and Research.
SEAMOLEC Director Dr. Alpha Amirrachman with his team visited the university and had warm and productive discussion with Rector of UNTIRTA, Prof. Dr. H. Sholeh Hidayat, M.,Pd and his vice rectors, deans, and other officials on Monday, January 28, 2019. In his remarks Prof. Sholeh mentioned that UNTIRTA is the only public university in Banten province with more than 50 study programmes.
Dr. Alpha presented SEAMOLEC’s newest programmes, which were perceived to be suitable for UNTIRTA’s lecturers to improve their ICT literacy and skills. He offered various face-to-face and online training regarding ICT integration into teaching and learning process to all UNTIRTA’s lecturers. In fact, some of UNTIRTA’s lecturers who had joined SEAMOLEC’s training in few years ago have already applied Digital Class programmes in their classroom activities, and it contributes greatly to how they manage their classes.
In fact, over the years, UNTIRTA and SEAMOLEC have developed a well-maintained partnership. Several visitations to SEAMOLEC have been held by UNTIRTA students and lecturers to study about the newest technology to be applied in teaching and learning activities.
One of the activities of cooperation between SEAMOLEC and UNTIRTA is bridging partnership between UNTIRTA and Hanbat National University (HNU), one of reputable universities in South Korea. Two representatives of HNU also attended the meeting; Prof Oh Yong Jun, the Vice President and Director of International Affairs, and Mr. Hwang Sun Poy, the Team Leader of International Affairs. Prof. Sholeh appreciated the initiative of having partnership with HNU and was interested in establishing Korean Language and Cultural Centre in UNTIRTA as there is a sizeable number of Korean companies in Banten Province. This should pave the way for UNTIRTA students to prepare themselves to work there.
At the end of the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was renewed between both institutions, agreeing to conduct various programmes in the next three years. The MOU stated that among activities to be conducted are trainings, ICT utilization, exchanging scientific materials, sharing publication and information and other relevant projects. The MOU was signed by Prof. Dr. H. Sholeh Hidayat, M.,Pd and Dr. Alpha Amirrachman witnessed by team members of both parties.