Universitas Terbuka (UT) continues to expand its wings by establishing partnership and cooperation in open and distance learning (PJJ). In this occasion, UT commences its collaboration with the Local Government of Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province which was realized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday (29/4/2021) at Universitas Terbuka Convention Center (UTCC).
UT and the Local Government of Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province agreed to establish a partnership in the Development of Human Resource Quality and Capacity Building and Institutional Development. MoU is signed by UT’s Rector, Prof. Ojat Darojat, M.Bus., Ph.D. and the Regent of Pohuwato, Gorontalo Province, H. Saipul A. Mbuinga, which was witnessed by UT’s Vice Rector for Institutional Development and Partnership Affairs or Wakil Rektor Bidang Pengembangan Institusi dan Kerja Sama, Rahmat Budiman, M.Hum., Ph.D. and Head of Education and Culture Office, Dra. Lusiana Bouty, M.Pd.
In his remarks, UT’s Rector expressed his pleasure on the partnership that would be established by the Local Government of Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province. He hopes that Indonesia Open University can contribute in the education qualification improvement for teachers, State Civil Personnel (ASN), personnel of National Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Polri) in the local government and public in general throughout Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province. Prof. Ojat added that Indonesia Open University has operated PJJ since 36 years ago by providing access and solutions for higher education to all the people of Indonesia. Higher education programs offered by UT have been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Colleges and Universities (BAN-PT) as well as successfully reviewed by ICDE on regular basis. As of April 2021, as many as 310,974 UT’s active students are registered and they are spread across Indonesia and 46 countries.
Subsequently, the Regent of Pohuwato expressed that education is the foundation of a nation, especially for its stakeholders. According to Saipul, PJJ that UT offers is the answer for improving human resources capacity building intended for state personnel or human resources (HR) village apparatuses, state civil personnel or civil servants, archivists of the local government and the people in general throughout Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province. Saipul highly appreciates UT’s accomplishment as it has been able to consistently provide its higher education services with no impediment whatsoever amid Covid-19 pandemic.
UT’s Vice Rector for Institutional Development and Partnership Affairs, Rahmat Budiman, M.Hum., Ph.D. introduced the Institute of Cyber Education, an on-line learning gallery, which forms a marketplace for various institutions that would offer and promote their study programs. The event was concluded with a campus tour around UT premises as well as a visit to the Center for Teaching Materials Management or Pusat Pengelolaan Bahan Ajar (PUSLABA) and the Center for Multimedia Development or Pusat Pengembangan Multi Media (P2M2).