UNS – The Professors Council of Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta has highlighted the university’s status as a State University with Legal Entity (PTNBH), emphasizing the growing opportunities for achieving global excellence. This outlook is bolstered by the long-held values formulated since UNS’s establishment. This was conveyed by the Chair of the UNS Professors Council, Prof. Drs. Suranto Tjiptowibisono, M.Sc., Ph.D., during the Focus Group Discussion on Thursday (4/7/2024).

“Currently, UNS has advantages that other universities do not possess. We are situated between two cultural centers, Kasunanan Surakarta and Kadipaten Mangkunegaran. This is a unique strength we can offer to the outside world,” Prof. Suranto stated.

This cultural advantage is one of the key strengths of UNS. The discussion involved UNS’s professors and speakers who addressed the topic “PTNBH Image Towards Global Competitive Excellence.” The UNS Council of Professors, through Commission Three, aims to demonstrate how the PTNBH status opens opportunities for UNS to excel globally.

The Acting Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs UNS, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ahmad Yunus, M.S., while opening the event, outlined the various targets UNS is pursuing after attaining PTNBH status. The PTNBH image drives the academic community to achieve higher competencies. International collaborations to develop UNS into a world-class university will enhance its global academic reputation.

Efforts to enhance UNS’s academic reputation globally are supported by various stakeholders. Students, as a key component of the academic community, contribute through international study programs such as the UNS Global Challenge, the Indonesian International Student Mobility Award (IISMA), and others. Additionally, faculty members contribute through collaborative research, journal publications, and more.

Global excellence will attract more parties to collaborate with UNS. An example is the presence of the Confucius Institute at UNS, which serves as a bridge for cultural exchange, as well as technological and innovation collaborations. Moreover, global excellence will increase the interest of international students to studying at UNS.

“A global academic reputation will also create a positive image for external parties who wish to collaborate and for prospective international students to continue their studies at UNS,” Prof. Yunus said.

Two speakers were featured in the Focus Group Discussion of the UNS Professors Council. They were the Chair of Commission III of the UNS Professors Council and Chair of the PUI Javanologi, Prof. Sahid Teguh Widodo, M.Hum., Ph.D., and the Chair of the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) at Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang, Prof. Sukir Maryanto, S.Si., M.Si. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Dr. Joko Triyono, S.T., M.T.

Many topics were covered by the two speakers. Prof. Sahid focused on culture as UNS’s advantage, highlighting aspects of global competitive excellence. These aspects include industry involvement, commitment to sustainability, human resources, infrastructure, and student empowerment.

Humas UNS

Reporter: R. P. Adji
Editor: Dwi Hastuti

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