Prof. Ojat Darojat, M.Bus., Ph.D.
“The superiority of a knowledgeable man over a worshipper is the similitude of the full moon over all the stars.”
“Pak Ojat”, as his friends and colleagues in Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) refer to Prof. Ojat Darojat, M.Bus., Ph.D., is a simple and down-to-earth person, who is currently serving the Rector of Indonesian Open University or Universitas Terbuka. Upon his inauguration on 26 July 2017, he has officially led Universitas Terbuka (UT) until today.
Pak Ojat was born in Sumedang, on October 26th, 1966. A Sunda-blood person, he has a unique hobby, “traveling”. What Pak Ojat means by traveling is not ordinary traveling, yet it is the academic journeys that he has made thus far, such as seminars and conferences, both national and international. When informed about the seminars/conferences that he had not taken part in, he would enthusiastically write good articles to compete in such seminars/conferences.
Regarded as a smart person since he was a child, Pak Ojat was frequently top of his class. Moreover, when earning his bachelor degree from IKIP Bandung (Institute of Pedagogy and Education Science Bandung), this true lover for fresh vegetable was the best graduate at that time. This academic accomplishment then led him to obtain a scholarship award in order to pursue and finish his diploma IV and master degree at La Trobe University, Australia. Subsequently, he earned his doctorate degree as one the awardees of the World Bank’s scholarship at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He finished his graduate and postgraduate educations with satisfactory results. Hadits narrated by Abu Dawod and At-Tirmidzi says “The superiority of a knowledgeable man over a worshipper is the similitude of the full moon over all the stars”, he has been holding unto this principle for which Pak Ojat is always desirous to study and pursue his education.
For more than 25 years, he has practically disregarded his personal life over UT’s advancement. Various job titles have been entrusted to him, the father of two. Starting from Head of Study Program, Head of the Department, and Vice Dean III at Faculty Pedagogy and Education of Indonesian Open University (FKIP-UT), Head of Distance Learning Education Program Unit – Indonesia Open University (UPBJJ-UT) Bogor, Director of the Instiute of the Development of Teaching and Examination Materials and Information System of Indonesia Open University (LPBAUSI-UT), andultimately, making his way up to the top as the number 1 person in UT. Later on in Indonesia Open University, Pak Ojat was also inaugurated as professor in 2016. In the beginning, he, having his color preference of blue and white, did not work for UT. Prior to his graduation, he had worked for a China-based private company for a year until 1990. After leaving its former employer, his services in Indonesia Open University began in the year of 1991 and ever since, he has always been there until today.
With the job title that he currently holds, Pak Ojat hopes that he would be able to contribute more for UT’s advancement. Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) really would like to see that it becomes the frontrunner in Asia for its distance education with global standards that can outreach all people, including those who live in the innermost or remote places wherein the access to enter higher education is so challenging, and therefore, the term ‘openess’ can be implemented extensively for any persons, places, ideas or thoughts, as well as the application of new ways in education implementation.