Universities build reputation through research, publication
The Jakarta Post 20 Jun 2016 The Jakarta Post
University of Indonesia (UI) lecturer Haula Rosdiana always engages students in her research projects.
Students lend a hand during the research and the writing stage of the research paper, Haula said, arguing that student involvement introduced students to research activities early and enabled a research tradition to be nurtured on campus.
“Involving students in any international research or conference is a part of regeneration in my respective study,” said Haula, who teaches tax policy.
Increasing research activities and writing in international journals has become a commitment among state and private universities so as to strengthen the image of their respective campuses among the global academic community.
It is hoped that publication of scientific papers or research in international journals will add credit and eventually lift the university’s global university rank.
Tarumanagara University deputy rector, Eko Harry Susanto, said the campus offered its lecturers foreign language classes in an effort to assist them to write research papers for international journals.
“We provide several foreign language programs for lecturers taught by native speakers, including English, French and Chinese, to ready them for global competition,” Eko said recently.
“The lessons are part of our new faculty member development program, in which we have teamed up with experts from foreign universities such as Chulalongkorn Unversity in Thailand, the University Sains Malaysia and the SIM University in Singapore.”
The commitment to increase research activities in universities corresponds to the government’s call for campuses to prepare for a more competitive era in higher education.
If a university produces scientific research and publishes writing in international journals, according to the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry, the university’s reputation should improve.
“It takes time for a university to gain a good reputation,” ministry director general for learning and student affairs, Intan Achmad, told The Jakarta Post recently, discussing a survey conducted by education rating institution Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released Tuesday that placed 11 Indonesian universities among the 350 best campuses in Asia this year.
The only Indonesian universities to appear among the top 100 in Asia, UI and the ITB were ranked 67th and 86th, respectively.
Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta; the Airlangga University in Surabaya, West Java; the Bogor Agricultural University in Bogor; and the Padjadjaran University in Sumedang, West Java, were ranked 105th, 190th, 191th, 199th on the list, respectively. Diponegoro University in Semarang, Central Java, was listed among the 231 to 240 ranking band.
This is the first time since 2013 that private campuses made it to the QS’ list, which grades Surakarta Muhammadiyah University (UMS) in Central Java and Bina Nusantara University (BINUS) in Jakarta within the 251-300 and the 301-350 ranking band, respectively.
They are among four new Indonesian universities to enter the ranks this year, along with the East Java based Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology in Surabaya and Brawijaya University in Malang.
The National University of Singapore ranks highest on the list that is largely dominated by Chinese universities. Some 82 Chinese universities made it to the list, including Tsinghua University that ranks 5th, making it the best university in China.
The QS University Ranking for Asia used eleven indicators in its scoring system, with academic reputation accounting for 30 percent of the overall score, followed by 20 percent for employer reputation and 15 percent based on faculty-to-student ratio. Citations per paper and paper per faculty accounted for 10 percent, respectively, followed by staff with PhD level degrees offering 5 percent, proportion of international faculty, proportion of international studies, proportion of inbound exchange students and proportion of outbound exchange each accounting for 2.5 percent, respectively.