Islamic universities in Asia must adhere to quality assurance standards

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Rector of UIN Jakarta, Prof. Dede Rosyada, MA. (fourth from left). UIN Jakarta hosts assessor training for the “Asian Islamic University Association Quality Assurance (AIUA-QA) program at Kristal Hotel, Terogong Raya, Jakarta (11/10/2018). (photo: IO/UIN)

IO, Jakarta – An event titled “Asian Islamic Universities Paving the Way One Step Further in Improv­ing Good Governance and Inter­national Recognition” was held in Jakarta, from Thursday to Monday (11-15/10/2018). Islamic State University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta acted as host to the Asian Islamic University Association Qual­ity Assurance (AIUA-QA) assessor team training.

UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Quality Assurance Agency Secretary Dr. Kusmana stated that the event was a follow-up to assessment prepa­rations for Islamic university quality assurance. “Thank God, the event was participated in by various Islamic universities who are members of the AIUA-AQ,” he said.

Kusmana explained that a num­ber of important issues served as training materials, such as AIUA base competencies assessors’ pro­files, networking, basics of Islamic university quality assurance in Asia, and the accrediting sensitivity on ethics and local culture. Additional­ly, there was a simulation of AIUA assessor competency through case studies and PDCA methods, prepa­ration for assessment in the field, in­terview simulations in the field, and assessment report-making. Spare time was used for a visit to UIN Ja­karta.

The training which involved rep­resentatives from various Islamic universities was well-received by UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Rector Prof. Dr. Dede Rosyada and Presi­dent of AIUA-QA Prof. Dr. Yudian W. Asmin. Both agreed on the urgency of improving the quality assurance of Islamic universities in order to be on level ground with other world univer­sities.

UIN Jakarta Rector stated that universities are being asked to work harder to raise quality, especially since ASEAN nations agreed to be a free trade zone. “The implementation of this agreement has opened the flow of service and product trade which has brought competition to universi­ty graduates.”

In the same event, Yudian stated that the presence of AIUA-QA should be fully utilized by national-regional religious universities to improve their quality. “The quality assurance asso­ciation has been formed; now is the right time for Islamic universities in Asia to have their own quality assur­ance standards,” he said.

Established in April of 2015, AI­UA-QA is a regional forum which facilitates members in increasing their academic quality. Regard­ing this, AIUA-QA helps members strengthen themselves by working together with academic institutes in the fields of education, research and public service. (UIN Jakarta Public Relations)