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UT and SEAMOLEC Cementing Collaboration for Open and Distance Learning

Located inside the same compound, Universitas Terbuka (UT) or Open University of Indonesia is the closest neighbor and has always been a long-time partner to SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC). On Monday, January 28, 2019 Dr. Alpha Amirrachman and his team visited the university and had a very fruitful meeting with Prof. Ojat Darojat, Rector of UT who welcomed SEAMOLEC’s team with his vice rector, and experts

Prof. Ojat said that UT received mandate from the Minister of Research Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) to increase the number of enrolment; which currently is 350.000 to be 1.000.000 students within this year. For that particular purpose UT invites SEAMOLEC to collaborate in targeting Indonesian high school graduates who are unable to pursue their study to higher education, and also for the graduates of open high school programme to pursue their study in UT.

Dr. Alpha briefed the Rector and his team about SEAMOLEC’s assistance to Faculty of Economy of UT in 2018 in conducting the Entrepreneurship programme for vocational schools in Indonesia with the grant given by Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Indonesia. This could be the initiative to open future collaboration in designing new study program offered to vocational high school teachers who teach entrepreneurship subject, and to students who already have start-ups/or businesses. They will be offered free credits to enter the study program provided by UT.

Prof. Ojat also suggested the idea of collaborative research between UT and SEAMOLEC in developing open and distance learning (ODL) model in Indonesian context, as well as the plan of developing digital literacy materials for joint-training programmes provided for lecturers of conventional universities and other ministries in Indonesia. Other possible collaboration is to have sharing massive open online course (MOOC) contents with other open universities in Southeast Asia that will support the ASEAN studies programme.

The meeting had been fruitful and opened many opportunities for both sides to be actively involved. It also resulted in the plan of establishing independent accreditation body to develop the instrument for quality assurance in ODL together among 3 institutions; UT, ICT Center for Education (PUSTEKKOM), and SEAMOLEC.