Coordination of Private Universities (Kopertis) VI held a Coordination Meeting (Rakor) to invite university leaders in Central Java region. The meeting discussed the current issue of higher education, which was “Kemenristekdikti policy in managing private universities in digital era”.

About 200 university leaders from the city and also district in Central Java met to listen the latest policy from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti). Mohamad Nasir, Ph.D., Ak.

The minister, who was inaugurated in 2014, said that digitizing was a challenge that could also be an opportunity. Big leap were created through transformation in this digital era. Following the needs of the industry, universities must be adapted. “The world’s top universities begin to innovate in order to face the disruptive era, they innovate the learning system and curriculum. We must adopt this in Indonesian universities, “he explained.

Some major Universities such as Harvard University, Barkley University and MIT University have implemented a digital lecture system. Even in Indonesia there are already several universities that open online courses such as Bina Nusantara University and Terbuka University. “One of the online lecture methods is Blended Learning. The combination of learning methods between face to face method and the provision of materials online can be applied on University to reach a lot of student “he added on Thursday 28th of December 2017.

The Directorate General of Technology and Higher Education (Iptek Dikti) Patdono Suwignyo PhD and Coordinator of Kopertis VI Prof. Dr. DYP Sugiharto were also attended that event which was held on the 3rd floor of E building Dian Nuswantoro University (Udinus).

The number of universities in Central Java were increasing. In 2016 there were 248 universities and 256 this year. The coordinator of Kopertis VI reminded Universities’ leaders to be aware of responding the global challenges. Currently there were 3 private universities that got an A accreditation from the National Accreditation Board of Higher Education (BAN PT). Of course that made other private university had to keep up. “We are targeting the increasement of number of private universities in Central Java that receive A-accreditation from PT BAN next year” he said. (* PR / mey)