Indonesia Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) received a virtual audience of Universitas Pancasila (UP) which was attended by both universities’ chairmen on Wednesday, 21/07/2021. It was not a mere visit, yet this activity was a discussion forum related to collaboration initiation between both universities.
The event started with the opening remarks by Rahmat Budiman, M.Hum., PhD., UT’s Vice Rector for Institutional Development and Partnership. He appreciated UP as a university with an extensive experience that visited UT. Pak Rahmat hoped that there would be more meetings which will discuss the collaboration opportunities in details that can be worked out together.
Meanwhile/ UP’s speech was made by Dr. Syamsurizal, S.S., M.E., its Vice Rector for Public Relations Ventures, Legal and Cooperation. In his remarks, he thanked UT for hosting UP in the event. In addition to having some insights on UT’s experiences in organizing open and distance education (PJJ), UP also expects to explore the possibilities of cooperation with UT related to Freedom to Study-Independent Campus program or Merdeka Belajar-Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) launched by Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek). UP realizes that UT is the pioneer and driver of open and distance education (PJJ) in Indonesia. UT has shown to the people how to study in this digital era as people study without boundaries and restrictions.
The event continued with Dr. Aminudin Zuhairi, Ph.D., the main resourceful person from UT who presented a subject on open and distance education (PJJ). He explained open and distance education comprehensively, ranging from the history of the education to the obstacles and solutions with regard to it which UT has conducted. Then, the program continued with discussion as well as question and answer sessions. There was a high level of enthusiasm shown by so many questions from UP regarding open and distance education. Even though it was a virtual audience, UT expects that this activity can meet the goals that UP has set. The virtual meeting was concluded with a taking photograph session.