The Inter-University Staff Exchange Fellowship Program (AAOU-EFP) is one of the programs of the Association of Asian Open Universities (AAOU) that provides opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experience in open and distance learning (ODL) and for the enhancement of the capacity of AAOU members through collaborative research activities and staff visits. Member institutions of the AAOU can host the EFP program by offering a certain number of members of the faculty / staff from other member institutions to receive training, conduct joint research and publication at the host institution for at least one month. Universitas Terbuka (UT) as one AAOU members have participated in this program for several years, and each year UT provides two scholarships for lecturer or staff to conduct joint research with UT faculty members. The research proposal by prospective guest lecturers received by UT will be reviewed, assessed and selected. By the end of the program, a joint research report that will eventually lead to articles for publication in international journals is expected.
This year UT has awarded Dr. Tahira Bibi of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Pakistan with the AAOU fellowship based on her research proposal entitled “A Comparative Study of Quality Assurance Practice in Open Distance Learning (ODL) at Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan and Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia. This year’s EFP program lasted for two weeks, starting August 29, 2016 until September 10, 2016. On August 30, 2016 the AAOU-EFP at UT was officially opened by the Head of the Institute for Research and Community Service. After nearly two weeks of data collection and processing with the research counterparts consisting of appointed UT academic staff, Dr. Tahira Bibi presented her research findings during the closing session AAOU-EFP program, which was attended by Ir. Ambar Kristanti Puspitasari., M. Ed., Ph.D., Head of the Institute for Research and Community Service; Dr. Trini Prastati, M Ed., Head of the Inter-University Center; Suci M. Isman, Ph.D, Coordinator of Protocol and International Affairs; Asean Studies Program Coordinator, Dr.Tri Darmayanti; several of the Assistant Deans and other invited academic staff.