[unpad.ac.id, 21/8/2020] The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Universitas Padjadjaran, obtained an international accreditation certification from the Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century Organization or ABEST21. This accreditation reflects that the quality of education at FEB Unpad has been recognized internationally.
Dean of FEB Unpad Prof. Yudi Azis, PhD, explained that this faculty accreditation includes the accreditation of 14 study programs in it. The fourteen study programs consist of Bachelors programs (Accounting, Management, Economics and Development Studies, Islamic Economics and Business Studies, and Digital Business), Masters programs (Accounting, Management, Applied Economics, Management Science, Economics, and Integrated Microfinance Management), and Doctoral programs (Accounting Science, Management Science, and Economics).
“The process for obtaining institutional accreditation is quite long and there are several stages,” said Prof. Yudi when interviewed by Unpad Public Communication Office, Thursday (20/8).
Membership of FEB Unpad in this Japan-based organization has been carried out since 2011. There are 3 stages that must be fulfilled before an accreditation visitation is carried out, namely: eligibility, quality improvement, and self-evaluation report. After fulfilling these 3 stages, ABEST21 will conduct a visitation of the proposed institution.
Medio 2012, FEB Unpad registered a Master of Management study program to be visited. The process of submission, visitation, to the announcement itself lasted for 2 years. Finally, the Master of Management study program obtained ABEST21 international accreditation for the first time in March 2014.
Four years later, two other study programs, Masters in Applied Economics and Masters in Accounting, following the Master of Management obtained ABEST21 accreditation.
Prof. Yudi explained, in 2016, ABEST21 opened accreditation registration for faculty level. This is an opportunity to complement institutional accreditation, especially at the faculty level. This is based on the absence of accreditation for the faculty level at the national level.
“The accreditation at BAN PT is for one study program and university institution, not for faculty. When ABEST21 started to open accreditation at the faculty level, we immediately registered it (FEB Unpad),” he explained.
Said to be an opportunity, because the faculty is the basis of the activities of the tridarma of higher education. Prof. Yudi explained that scientific and research activities were centered in the faculty, supported by study programs, departments and study centers.
The accreditation application process itself still has to fulfill 3 stages. Because he has previous experience in submitting accreditation, the process of fulfilling the 3 stages is easier.
The Professor of Innovation Management and Operations Management revealed that faculty accreditation by ABEST includes Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral programs. Of the 19 study programs in FEB, only 14 can be visited. The other five study programs are from the Applied and Professional Bachelor level, not included in the scope of ABEST21.
The acquisition of international accreditation by FEB Unpad is in line with efforts to establish Unpad as a world-class university. The target of international accreditation is not just to attract the public to study at FEB Unpad.
“We are not aiming to increase the number of applicants to FEB, but rather to build international networks and ensure that our curriculum is in line with scientific developments in the global arena,” said Prof. Yudi.
Prof. Yudi also emphasized that the important meaning of this accreditation process is how FEB Unpad can continue to maintain and improve institutional quality. ABEST21 accreditation itself is a way to make this happen through the framework provided.
Similar to BAN PT which has 9 accreditation standards, ABEST21 also has at least 5 main standards: mission statement, educational program, faculty, student, and infrastructure.
Each main standard is narrowed down into standards, so that a total of 124 standards must be answered. If the majority of these standards are met, the institution will be recognized in accordance with ABEST21 standards.
“The significance of this accreditation is 3 things, namely to achieve an international vision, validate our perception of quality, and as a framework for our continuous quality improvement,” he concluded.*