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.
Dr. Mohamad Yunus, S.S., M.A.
”Conquering and heavenizing life.”
This is the life motto that Dr. Mohamad Yunus, S.S., M.A., the Vice Rector I of Indonesian Open University of 2017 – 2021, always bears in mind of the man who is usually referred to as Bapak Yunus.
This supple and sociable person was born in Cirebon on the date 10 November 1965, the day which was coinciding with the commemoration of the Hero’s Day or Hari Pahlawan,.
He received his bachelor degree in Indonesian Literature, from University of Indonesia or Universitas Indonesia (UI) in 1988. In 1995, he earned his master degree from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in Primary Education Program. Then, he also earned his doctorate degree in Curriculum Development Study Program at the Postgraduate School of Indonesia Education University or Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, in 2009.
He started his career as lecturer at Indonesian Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) in 1989. In addition to his lecturing profession, Dr. Mohamad Yunus once also served a number of positions, including Deputy Dean II, Deputy Dean III, and Deputy Dean I or Faculty Pedagogy and Education of Indonesian Open University (FKIP-UT) during the period of 1998 – 2005. Not long after finishing his doctorate program, he took up a position as the Head of Distance Learning Education Program Unit – Indonesia Open University (UPBJJ-UT) Bogor, starting from 2009. Around July 2011, he was then withdrawn back to UT Head Office where he was entrusted to a job title as the Director of the Instiute of the Development of Teaching and Examination Materials and Information System of Indonesia Open University (LPBAUSI-UT). Six months later, which was in December 2011, he assumed a new job title as greater responsibilities were put on his shoulder to serve as the Deputy Rector IV (Cooperation and Institutional Empowerment Affairs).
Pak Yunus, who enjoys having and cooking traditional culinary in his spare time, has a strong impression during his tenure in Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT). In his view, UT is both unique and enjoyable education institution. It is unique because there are so many challenges and spaces for creativity and on the other hand, it is enjoyable because, even though it is a state institution, interpersonal relations among the staff and chief executives or vice versa, among others, is very liquid or harmonious, warm, and family-like. Additionally, the personnel welfare has also gained extraordinary attention. It is not less important that the indomitable courage of UT’s top executives who give unbounded trusts and spaces for creativity for the employees is so they can strive for innovations and breakthroughs, and at the same time, building strong cadre formation or succession program.
In his observation, Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) is a huge education institution with a great number of students, as well as a wide variety and extensive distribution of its students. The superiority of its IT-based services, its commitment to continuous improvement, as well as service-oriented education which emphasizes on user interests or satisfaction is something that has to be attempted, perfected, and realized.
Drs. Moh. Muzammil, M.M
Born in Madiun on 17 September 1961, he lives his life as it flows. “Man just has to pray and puts some serious efforts. The ultimate results are not in the human’s domain, yet they are in God’s domain”. That is Moh. Muzammil’s principle of life, who is often called Muzammil or Jamil. Prior to his service as Vice Rector II, he once took up the position as the Head of Management Study Program, the Head of Management Department, Deputy Dean III, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Vice Rector IV or Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT).
Pak Muzammil, whose hobbies are travelling and reading, strictly holds his motto of life, which is in Javanese, migunan itu mraping liyan, meaning that we must benefit others while we live our life. Each person will reap what he sows or he does.
He keenly wants Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) to move forward in sustainable manner, as well as keep growing and developing. Hence, he expects that UT would continuously to be adaptable to any future changes or dynamics, and always be able to make creating value to its customers. In order to achieve all these objectives, there is no other way except that all UT’s human resources must become the learning persons. That is what he hopes for UT in days to come.
Ir. Adi Winata, M.Si.
Rahmat Budiman, S.S., M. Hum., Ph.D.