Indonesia Open University’s Rector, Prof. Ojat Darojat, M.Bus., hosted the Visiting Professor and CEO of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) at the Operation Room, Indonesia Open University‘s BKUK Building on Tuesday (17/7). This visit is an annual program which is part of the extensive collaboration between Indonesia Open University or UT and UMUC which has been well established for more than 10 years. Along with the Rector, there were also present at such meeting, Dean of School of Pedagogy and Education or FKIP, Prof. Drs. Udan Kusmawan, M.A., Ph.D., Dean of School of Mathematics and Natural Science or FMIPA, Dr. Agus Santoso, M.Si., Dean of School of Law, Social Science and Political Science or FHISIP, Prof. Daryono, S.H., M.A., Ph.D., Director of UT’s Institute for the Research And Community Services or Lembaga Penelitian Dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat (LPPM), Prof. Dr. Karnedi, M.A., Director of the Center for Graduate Program Management and Implementation or Pusat Pengelolaan and Penyelenggaraan Program Pascasarjana, Dr. Liestyodono Bawono Irianto, Head of the Department of Social Science, Law, and Humanities or Jurusan Ilmu Sosial, Hukum and Humaniora, Muhammad Husni Arifin, S.Ag., M.Si., Ph.D. Meanwhile, their UMUC counterparts consist of Prof. Sandeep Patnaik (Visiting Professor), Ph.D., Professor Travis Durepo, and Dr. Christhoper R. Lew (CEO).
The meeting discussed a number of key issues, such as joint research and joint publication. During their three-day visit at Indonesia Open University, Professor Patnaik is also scheduled to give a public lecture on the business prospect and public management in digital era, which is followed by giving a lecture on the prospects and management challenges in improving employee performance quality in the digital era for the graduate program lecturers and students at School of Law, Social Science and Political Science or FHISIP which was broadcast through video conference and live streaming on Indonesia Open University’s Youtube channel. On the last day of the visit, Professor Patnaik also held a lecture on research methodology for the lecturers and graduate students at School of Economics or FE, which is also broadcast through live streaming and video conference. On the 4th and 5th days of his visit, Professor Patnaik is scheduled to give a public lecture to graduate students at the Center for Distance Learning Education Program, Indonesia Open University or UPBJJ-UT in Denpasar. Meanwhile, Dr. Lew would hold a meeting with a number of staff at UPBJJ-UT Denpasar in order to share his experience in managing distance learning education.