[unpad.ac.id, 19/06/2019] The QS ranking agency has released the “QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2020” on Wednesday (19/6). Universitas Padjadjaran is currently ranked 751 – 800.
The QS WUR 2020 rankings methodology still considers a number of indicators, including: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty/student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international faculty (5%), and international students (5%).
Unpad received the highest points on the faculty/student ratio indicator. For this indicator, Unpad was ranked 366 at the global level. The points that must be strengthened from the 6 indicators mentioned above include internationalization which includes academic and employer peer reviews which are weighted more heavily. Additionally, the international faculty index and international student index also need improvement (currently still ranked 601+).
The Head of Unpad International Office, Dr. Ronny, M.Kes., AIFO, PhD., explained that overall, Unpad’s cumulative achievements are not as good as in 2018. As a result, this year, Unpad’s ranking has dropped compared to last year.
The internationalization factor is affected by the change in Unpad data on QS. The most affected criteria are the faculty ratio as well as the number of foreign students, as fewer foreign students chose to continue their studies at Unpad.
Ronny explained that Unpad continued to strengthen in terms of data governance policies under the coordination of the Vice Rector for Planning, Finance, and Information Systems. The efforts encourage communication networks with international peers, namely partner universities, business communities and other stakeholders. Additionally, action has been taken for the revival of cooperation (MoU) with foreign institutions that were previously inactive or had no activities, as well as the opening of the double degree program and international classes for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs.
Regarding internationalization, the readiness of each study program in welcoming foreign students will be very important, because each study program will determine how many foreign students can be accommodated. On the other hand, the presence of adequate infrastructure will also determine Unpad’s ability to accept foreign students.
Currently, continued Ronny, Unpad’s internationalization power can be seen in the ongoing Indonesian language learning program at BIPA. Cooperation between Unpad and a number of institutions in Southeast Asia and other Asian countries has also been going well. However, more massive efforts must continue to be made.
“We have started to run faster. However, the other universities are running even faster, so we need to be better and be more active in preparing for university performance. One thing that must not be forgotten, is that internationalization efforts must also be done without forgetting the quality of education and the best service for domestic students, “said Ronny.
Another opinion conveyed by Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, SE., MBA., Ph.D, member of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education World Class University task force team, highlighted the importance of the individual role of academics. In addition to the aspect of internationalization, the role of individual reputation from University academics to be able to improve academic reputation at the international level is very important in boosting the University’s indicators of academic reputation.
“Awareness is needed from the academic individuals at the University about the importance of having a position that is recognized in the international community in their respective fields of expertise,” explained Badri.
An example given by Badri to illustrate this was if a lecturer were to have a position as the head of a scientific association at the international level, then this would contribute to the recognition of the overall academic reputation of the institution. In addition, Badri also explained the importance of several leading international standard programs such as international conferences and collaborative research involving the international academic community to improve academic reputation, one of the QS WUR criteria.
Acting Unpad Rector Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M. SIE., appreciates all members of the community who have contributed to Unpad’s achievements in the QS WUR 2020 ranking. Although Unpad’s ranking has been adjusted, it is still ranked among the top six universities in Indonesia. Rina also said that Unpad’s increasing number of international publications that continues to increase serves as a strong capital to increase the benefit and contribution of building the nation as well as Unpad’s internationalization.
“The drop in Unpad’s ranking sends us a message reminding that we have to work harder in building Unpad’s reputation and academic performance, as done by other universities which are Unpad’s peers,” said Rina.
Rina also stated that the high score achieved by Unpad in the faculty/student ratio indicator should bear fruit to determination to ensure the excellence of graduates so they can be absorbed in to the working world. This is further believed to bring confidence and increase the number of Unpad partners at the domestic and international level.
“I, along with the vice rectors and deans, are planning to strengthen the quality the study programs so they reach international standards, collaborating with international partners. This can increase the academic reputation of lecturers and students, which will directly attract academics and international students to come to Unpad,” concluded Rina.
Report by Arief Maulana and Syauqy Lukman / mar
Translated by Shabrina Maharani
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