Benefits And Areas Of Cooperation



Students exchanges programs that have been taken placed between Sultan Idris Education University (SIEU) - Syiah Kuala University (SKU) in Banda Aceh and Indonesia Education University, formerly known as IKIP Bandung, have been highly appreciated by students and faculty members of both countries. They have gone through academic and cultural exchanges during the last five years. Similar students’ exchanges can be developed among members of consortium and with partner universities outside the consortium and among members of the consortium.

2Joint Community Development and Services 


It is also proposed that there should also be at least one or two projects to be developed involving students and faculties from members of the consortium for joint community development and or services annually within countries of the consortium a year. The projects could be teaching, research, community developments and other types of services related to education; formal, non-formal and informal.

DualDouble Degree Program 


Student and faculty exchanges and sabbatical programs will also be initial steps in establishing dual or double degree programs within the member universities in the consortium. New departments of a member university can request help from stronger university in certain areas of studies to improve the quality of its training and education services to meet the needs of more qualified lecturers/professor for a member country/university in certain areas of studies.  Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia has developed double degree program in EFL with Syiah Kuala University and as many as 45 Master’s degree students in EFL have graduated from the university and are now serving the needs of EFL teachers in Aceh.  Similar programs can be developed with other universities in the consortium and with other partner universities.

12Cross Border programs


As this consortium is a non-profit and non-political forum, one of the proposed programs which have had green lights from Indonesian and Malaysian governments are Internship Programs and Students Outreach Program initiated by Indonesian Government.  More than 60.000 pupils who join their families working in hundreds of palm oil and rubber estates in Malaysia are “uneducated or dropouts” and will soon be “unreachable learners” and will create problems to both, Malaysia and Indonesia.  It is proposed that the Sultan Idris Education University (SIEU) in Malaysia and Indonesian universities of education develop a join program to cater the needs of education for these pupils living in Malaysian plantations and mega projects. 

The best students in their final year (the fourth year for undergraduate) in selected areas of studies will be selected and sent to SIEU to pursue one semester course works.  After completing the first semester, these students will be assigned to teach for a period of 12 months in Malaysian estates and mega projects and returned to Indonesia with dual degrees through the agreed transfer credits between SIEU and Indonesian education universities.  Similar programs can be made for Master’s degree programs. 

The main obstacle in coping with the above problem is “visa” for Indonesian teachers to be sent to Malaysia.  By developing a dual degree/double degree with SIEU, the visa can be issued by SIEU and Indonesian teachers can be sent to Malaysia to provide education to many “unreachable learners” of Indonesia in Malaysia under the supervision of both SIEU and Indonesian universities.

Faculty Exchange 


The Sultan Idris Education University (SIEU), Syiah Kuala University (SKU), Sriwijaya University and Indonesia Education University (IEU) in Bandung have gone through several phases of faculty exchanges during the last three years after the first MoUs were signed between the three universities.  Such exchanges will ignite research collaborations and establish dual/double degree programs between member universities and with partner universities. The first joint publication between SIEU and IEU was declared last September in Kuala Lumpur.

Joint Research and Publications


The consortium will also develop cooperation with member universities in conducting joint research funded bilaterally or trilaterally between the core members and also with other party interested in the projects.

Disaster Related Services2


Since several countries are located above, nearby and around the longest world rings of fires, active volcanoes and other disasters related to land movement and sliding are taking place daily, it is also necessary that members of the consortium prepare programs and modules in coping with any disaster that might happen in any member country at any time. The member of the consortium might be involved individually or together with other members of the consortium.

Professional Teacher Training Program


The members of the consortium can also develop joint training programs to train teachers, principals, school administrators, and other professions related to education at any member of the consortium in which trainers are selected from professional staff from members of the consortium. Through MoU signed between Government of Aceh and SIEU, for instances, two batches of math and science teachers and principals of modeling schools in Aceh have been trained by UPSI without taking any profits.  The trainings were conducted on the basis of “CSR-corporate social responsibilities” of the Sultan Idris Education University.

Professional Attachments


As it is with the training programs, “attachment” is another important program that can be developed in developing, improving and widening horizons of education and training management in each member of the consortium.  The attachment can be at each member of the consortium or arranged by each member at each center of excellent in areas of studies needed by the member of the consortium. Having links with professional training providers will reduce costs, will guarantee the quality, will assure the transfer of the skills needed and speed up the development of skills needed by pupils and students in each member country. 

In State Tuition


“In-State-Tuition” program is another interested cooperation to be developed between members of consortium.  This will reduce the costs and students from member universities have chances and opportunities to find out the best programs among the member universities to develop their career and professions.

Automatic Credit Transfer


All transcripts of all members of universities must be translated into English and these credits are transferable between members of consortium except for subjects related to state ideology, philosophy, religion and local contents. This agreement is valid for undergraduate and graduate levels of studies.  Members of the consortium must have similar course descriptions of core courses offered by members of the consortium and approved academically and administratively by member universities.  In addition to course descriptions, member universities should also approve “credit loads” of each subject/course offered by members and transferable with similar credit values.

Diploma Accreditation


Diplomas issued by each member university will be accredited through systems of each member countries. There should be a system developed jointly by related ministries in each country in which diplomas (undergraduate, graduate or other forms of formal degrees) are officially accredited.  This system will convince higher rate of student and faculty exchanges between members of the consortium.

House family Home Stay Program


Another interesting program that can be developed between members is ‘home stay programs” at any university member, including home stay in the partner universities in the US, in Europe, and in Australia.  This program will enrich students’ perspectives and widen their horizons in education, culture, language and mindsets. This program is also very good in developing foreign language proficiencies among students of member universities.  Having perspective teachers with multicultural understanding as the results of cross-cultural education will help the region develop and maintain mutual understanding between different ethnic groups in the region and between nations of the world.

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The member university may request the management of the consortium to hold seminar, workshop and other form of academic meeting, at least once a year, and call for papers from faculty and students of members of consortium.  The consortium should waive or reduce fees for any faculty or students from members of the consortium to participate in the seminars.  It can be held in campus or outside of campus, depending on the facilities available in each member university and the budget.

Reduction of Accommodation Cost


Should students from members of consortium pursue their programs outside of their own campus, the host campus must charge students of members of the consortium with “local rate” to increase higher degree of exchange between students of members of university.  Through this agreement, even students without scholarships may be able pursue their degrees at any faculty/program outside of their own original university in member countries.

Sabbatical Leave Program


A faculty member of the Faculty of Economics and Management of Sultan Idris Education University is now at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a part of cooperation in sabbatical program between a member university and the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Similar programs are now being developed with DAAD in Germany and Deakin University in Australia.  The program can be developed among members or partners of the consortium.

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