On Tuesday, February 7 2024, the UIN Salatiga Postgraduate Program carried out benchmarking at UIN Yogyakarta and FISIPOL UGM. On this occasion, UIN Salatiga was given the opportunity to learn and share related to institutional management, development of study and scientific programs as well as programs and study institutions that have been developed in work units. The benchmarking activity was led by the Director, Prof MIftahuddin, M.Ag and Deputy Director, Noor Malihah, Ph.D. and accepted by Prof. Dr. H. Ahmad Mustaqim as director of UIN SUKA and Ahmad Muttaqin, Ph.D.
Ahmad Rafiq, Ph.D as Head of the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Doctoral Study Program explained that currently all linear study programs have returned to faculties and the only unique study programs are IIS and SI so that these 2 study programs are managed and developed into several concentrations. Furthermore, according to Dr. Nina Mariani Noor as head of the Masters study program explained that of course it takes a lot of effort to develop this concentration. IIS as a modification of the ongoing scholarship program development implemented by the Ministry of Religion and CIDA and MORA in 2003, at that time provided full scholarships to INA students by inviting professors from McGill University Canada and providing the opportunity to study there. However, this stopped in year 3 and in in the next years after UIN Yogya opened up opportunities to develop the IIS study program across disciplines such as social work, gender, disability and inclusion. Of course, acceleration from IAIN to UIN and its management must be followed by institutional development at the study program level and this is what UIN Salatiga will observe, imitate and modify.
Next, the benchmarking continued at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM. This activity was led directly by the Deputy Chancellor for General Administration, Planning and Finance, Prof. Asfa Widiyanto said that it is hoped that this activity will provide new insights for post-UIN Salatiga students, especially regarding the development of study centers. This activity was received by the Dean Dr. Wawan Mas’udi directly. On this occasion, Deputy Dean for Research and Community Service, Cooperation and Alumni Fina Itriyati, Ph.D said that there were several programs developed by FISIPOL UGM as well as collaboration in research and offering quality partnerships. Later, these partnerships in the education sector can be implemented directly and integrated into MBKM activities, for example student exchanges and/or joint lectures or joint conferences. This will certainly be welcomed by UIN Salatiga postgraduate students in the future in a clearer and more measurable format.
It is hoped that the insights resulting from this knowledge sharing can become a reflection in planning institutional development programs. (Mami)