Mataram, Indonesia, The Rector of Universitas Islam Negeri Mataram (UIN Mataram), Prof. Dr. H Masnun Tahir, M.Ag., was surprised but excited with Universiti Muhammadiyah Malaysia (UMAM) at the 21st Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) in Edu-expo event. By this moment, UINs across Indonesia might open collaboration in research, as well as improving the quality of human resources among academia.
Rector of UMAM, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Waluyo Adi Siswanto during the opening ceremony said that the students of UMAM can conduct researches in Indonesia or any other countries with research-based PhD programmes; (1) PhD in Information Technology, (2) PhD in Education, (3) PhD in Social Science, (4) PhD in Islamic Studies, and (5) PhD in Business and Management. He hopes that the existence of UMAM can contribute to accelerating numbers of lecturers in Indonesia to receive a Doctor of Philosophy with international qualification.
He underlined the importance of co-promotor during talkshow#1 to the PhD lecturers to take this big opportunity as it will benefit them in terms of knowledge, publications, and experiences because in Indonesia the chance to supervise PhD research students is very limited.
“All initiatives brought by the delegations in the event is to foster a better civilization in Indonesia and globally,” stated by the Rector of UIN Mataram during his speech. Among other prominent delegates who participated in the opening ceremony was the Dean of Fakultas Dakwah dan Ilmu Komunikasi and AICIS program director UIN Mataram, Dr. H. Muhamad Saleh, MA, Senate, postgraduate studies of UIN Mataram, Prof. Dr. H. Farurrozi, M.Ag., and director of Religion English Language Office (RELO) at US Embassy in Indonesia, Rick Rosenberg.
In the middle of the talkshow, Head of Programme PhD in Islamic Studies, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sohirin M. Solihin illustrated the uniqueness of PhD in Islamic Studies at UMAM. The HOP plans for a more distinctive feature in Islamic Studies, encompassing interdisciplinary research, which differs from the classical paradigm of Islamic Studies in the Middle East universities.
Other keynote speakers also shared their input, such as Head of Pusat Litbang Lektur, Khazanah Keagamaan, dan Manajemen Organisasi Badan Litbang dan Diklat Kementerian Agama, Prof. Dr. M. Arskal Salim GP, M.Ag who informed the students to use the digitalized classical manuscript as part of their research. Rick Rosenberg in his given time also offered the lecturers and students to download and spread the English language learning modules available at their website and exchange programs fully funded by the US Embassy.