In addition to Android-Based Testing, the Unpad Independent Pathway Admission Selection will Apply Multiple Mini Interview Method

[, 1/7/2019] New student admission selections through the Universitas Padjadjaran Independent Pathway for the regular Bachelor program for the 2019/2020 academic year will apply the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) method. This selection method will be experienced by participants who have passed the stage I selection, which consists of Android-based Mobile Assisted Testing (MAT).

Academics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Dr. Mohammad Arif Kamarudin (top left) and Dr. Mohammad Nurman Yaman (top right) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, interacting with several lecturers participating in the training “Introduction to the Implementation of Multiple Mini Interviews” held at the Unpad Training Center (UTC), Jalan Ir. H. Djuanda No. 4, Bandung, on Monday (1/7). (Photo: Syauqy Lukman) *

In contrast to the similar interview selection processes where participants are interviewed by one or several interviewers at once, in MMI, participants are required to conduct several short interviews with several interviewers at different times. In addition, participants are also interviewed at different locations by moving places or rooms.

The MMI method was first developed by McMaster University Medical School in 2001. This campus located in Ontario, Canada uses MMI to select prospective students. It is believed that this method can more accurately predict the in-class performance of students and to assess the interpersonal abilities of participants.

The MMI method has been adopted globally by a number of leading campuses throughout the world, especially for selecting prospective students in the health sector.

“There were requests from several faculty deans that they wanted to get more prospective students that are more suited to the study programs that they were interested in,” said the Unpad Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A.

Based on discussions with several deans, Dr. Arry believes that one of the selection methods for getting the best candidates is by using MMI.

“Because the Independent Pathway selection process is under the authority of respective university, hence the MMI method was chosen by Unpad,” explained Dr. Arry.

To prepare faculty managers to implement MMI well, Unpad held a training session titled “Introduction to the Implementation of Multiple Mini Interviews” at the Unpad Training Center (UTC), Jalan Ir. H. Djuanda No. 4, Bandung, on Monday (1/7) and Tuesday (2/7).

In this training, Unpad invited Dr. Mohammad Nurman Yemen, and Dr. Mohammad Arif Kamarudin, from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). UKM itself has implemented MMI in the selection process of its prospective students in the last three years.

“MMI is more objective and fair compared to panel interviews,” said Dr. Nurman Yeman.

Furthermore, Nurman emphasized the fact that the outcome for prospective students would be determined by many people, rather than based on one or two interviewers.

“Participants who lack in one aspect of the interview can increase their points in other aspects in the interview,” Arif Kamarudin said about the superiority of MMI which allows candidates to test their abilities from various aspects.

When interviewed during the event, Nurman and Arif highlighted the most important challenge from MMI, namely resources.

“MMI takes a lot of time, requires a lot of energy, money, people and infrastructure,” Nurman explained.

Nevertheless, MMI is believed to be a good method for selecting the best of the best prospective students. There have been many studies that show that students who pass the MMI process have more superior characteristics compared to students who pass the traditional interview process.

“What is more important is to familiarize the interviewers with MMI guidelines so that the MMI can be done correctly,” Nurman concluded, regarding the importance of preparing interview guides for MMI training in the selection process for new Unpad students. *

Report by Syauqy Lukman / art
Translation by Shabrina Maharani

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