The youngest program at Faculty of Humanities of Universitas Aairlangga, Master Program in Linguistics has successfully received accreditation at the national and international level
The exciting news related to the accreditation was conveyed by Dr. Dra. Ni Wayan Sartini, M.Hum., the coordinator of Linguistics Master’s Program via telephone. According to Wayan, since it was established in 2014, it has gained two accreditations.
“First, is the B accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT) in 2016. Second, the accreditation from the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) which was just gained last March,” said the ethnolinguistic expert.
The doctor who graduated from Udayana University in Bali explained that initially Linguistics program was appointed to apply for FIBAA international accreditation with two other programs, Psychology and Law Program. In order to gain a smooth accreditation process, FIB then formed a committee to prepare a self-assessment report (SAR).
“During the preparation of various documents requested for accreditation, the program always coordinates and receives a lot of support from the faculty. After going through a long process, finally, the Linguistics Program succeeded in gaining FIBAA accreditation, ” she said.
The lecturer who has been researching about Mapag Toya tradition also said that the aim of FIBAA accreditation is to guarantee the quality of the Linguistics program so it has equal quality with renowned international universities.
“Furthermore, this accreditation also opens up opportunities for collaboration in academic activities such as joint research, staff exchange, and student exchange programs. If our reputation is good, it can attract students both at national and international levels to enroll in the Master’s Program of Linguistics, “said Wayan.
Until now, she had carried out several international academic activities. One of them is a double degree collaboration with Asia University, Taiwan. In addition, there are some international students who are taking lessons in the program.
“So far, two international students have graduated. Then there are two students undergoing the program and there will be three new more international students. Now, the four international students are studying Indonesian, ” she explained.
In improving the quality in the future, the program intended to focus on research excellence, academic outbound mobility, community service excellence, and boost the number of international students for degree programs.
“So, we will adjust the curriculum along with learning achievements to market and stakeholder needs. Then, encourage academics to have internationally acknowledged competencies, one of them is through publication. And, accepting many international students for degree or non-degree programs, ” she said.