Jember – In 2021, the University of Jember will encourage three Study Programs to obtain international accreditation. One of them is the Agribusiness Studies program, the Faculty of Agriculture appointed to prepare for ASIIN international accreditation (Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik).
The Agribusiness Study Program, the Biology Education Study Program, and Agrotechnology Study Program have succeeded in obtaining ASIIN accreditation with several requirements that must be met until October 2022. Head of Task Force ASIIN Agribusiness Study Program M. Rondhi, S.P., M.P., Ph.D. said the three study programs at the University of Jember have all been accredited by ASIIN with the requirements according to the results of the visitation which was carried out on October 5-7, 2021.
ASIIN is an accrediting agency based in Duseldolf, Germany. ASIIN accredits specific fields, from engineering, technology, agriculture, science to mathematics. It is not as easy as imagined to get this accreditation; it takes careful preparation, both from the university, faculties, and accredited study programs.
The Agribusiness Study Program itself has made preparations from 2018. The study program has prepared documents containing the vision and mission, profile, objectives, learning outcomes, course curriculum, and supporters. The preparation began with implementing an output-based education system (OBE) so that many changes were made, especially in curriculum design and the learning outcomes assessment process.
Then continued the preparation of the Self Assessment Report (SAR), all of which were written in English, which began in 2019. The SAR itself is a document that contains six standards, namely the first regarding the concept, content, and implementation of undergraduate programs. The second point discusses the structure, methods, and the implementation of the undergraduate program, the next contains the evaluation of systems, concepts, and assessment organizations, the fourth is about resources (lecturer and equipment), the fifth is about transparency and documentation, and the last is related to quality assurance. All the processes were carried out for almost three and a half years, the faculty supported the study program and coordinated by the Institute for Learning Development and Quality Assurance (LP3M) Unej had worked hard through all stages of the accreditation process.
In addition, other preparations include the completeness of other facilities such as laboratories to support courses in the Study Program. In addition, the readiness of the academic community needs to be considered, especially before the visit by conducting workshops and benchmarking to several universities that have already achieved ASIIN accreditation.
In line with the preparation that took approximately three years, the funds needed for this accreditation were indeed not small. Furthermore, the Head of the ASIIN Taskforce Team stated that the funds used for international accreditation came from the University of Jember and assistance from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
These results are expected to improve the quality of education, conformity and international recognition, accountability to the community, strengthen the implementation of OBE, and achieve the targets of the Agribusiness Study Program and UNEJ in realizing IKU No. 8, namely the International Standard Study Program.
The Coordinator of the Agribusiness Study Program said that the results of this accreditation were not only one of the critical indicators of study program performance but also became the foundation and motivation for the Agribusiness Study Program to become a center of excellence especially in the field of Agribusiness in the world.
In line with that, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Ir. Soetriono, M.P. assessing the results of this accreditation is a form of international recognition of the breakthrough of the Faculty of Agriculture so that it will make the faculty a center of excellence in agriculture.