Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, Ubaya welcomed special guests. The guest was the assessor team of the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) consisting of Prof. Dr. Wyona C. Patalinghug, from De La Salle University; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan, from the National University of Singapore; Dr. Kittiya Evans, from King Mongkut’s International Demonstration School; Prof. Dr. Clarita Carillo, from the University of Santo Tomas; and Ms. Supatcha Supapant, as program officer from the AUN-QA Secretariat. The five guests attended the 131st AUN-QA Assessment at Program Level. In this event, the assessor team assessed two Ubaya study programs, namely Pharmacy study program from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Industrial Engineering study program from the Faculty of Engineering. The event was also attended by Prof. Ir. Joniarto Parung, MMBAT, Ph.D., as Ubaya Rector and other Ubaya leaders, Dr.Dra. R.R. Christina Avanti, M.Sc., Apt., as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and other Faculty of Pharmacy leaders, and Dr. Dra. Amelia, M.T., as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and other Faculty of Engineering leaders.
“To be able to sustain ourselves for such a long period (50 years) is an achievement we proud of. However, the global challenge demands our response to adapt beyond our 50 years of existence. Therefore we are looking forward to a partner that can nurture and strengthen our educational system. We believe that AUN-QA is the right choice for such purpose,” said Prof. Joniarto in his speech. For three days, the five assessors examined the completeness of Ubaya through 11 indicators, some of which are: educational structure and content, teaching-learning processes and approaches, academic and non-academic staff quality, learning output, and so on.
“We prepared this visitation since November 2018. Actually, we have registered since 2017 but because of the long waiting list, then we have the visitation just now,” said Eric Wibisono, ST, M.Eng., Ph.D., as the visitation coordinator. He stated that this certification is a learning tool, not just an effort to ‘seek’ certificates. He also added that the feedback from the AUN-QA team gives Ubaya a valuable experience. “Of course if accompanied by follow-up, the results will be more optimal,” he added.
The event ended on January 24th, 2019 with the presentation of the initial findings from the AUN-QA Assessors. All participants present were enthusiastic in listening to constructive feedback from the AUN-QA team. The team explained all aspect one by one in a simple but detailed manner. “On behalf of AUN, I am very pleased to be with you. Higher education provides higher quality for human resources, which contributes toward sustainable development of society. That’s why there’s a need to maintain consistency for higher education. This is your first assessment and thank you for your trust,” said Prof. Dr. Wyona C. Patalinghug as chief assessor of this AUN-QA team. (sml)