The three representatives of SPEL FCS UB with Professor Heather Zwicker, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UQ and Majella Ferguson, Senior Manager of International Services UQ

Lecturers in the Faculty of Cultural Studies Universitas Brawijaya are always encouraged to develop their capacities regarding the Three Pillars of Higher Education. Recently, three lecturers from the Study Programme of English Literature (SPEL), Department of Language and Literature,  Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS), Universitas Brawijaya (UB) have visited the University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Sydney (USyd) in Australia.

These lecturers are Isti Purwaningtyas, M.Pd. who is the Head of SPEL FCS UB, and two other lecturers representing SPEL and SPJL (Study Programme of Japanese Literature), namely Fatimah, M. Appling and Muhammad Rozin, M.A. Their visitation was conducted in UQ and USyd from 5 December 2022 to 9 December 2022 through a programme called Dosen Berkarya (Dokar).

Dokar Programme aims to support the Key Performance Indicators (IKU), especially for lecturers who work off campus or practitioners who teach on campus, and other IKU achievements. Dokar Programme is in the form of collaborative activities between UB and organizations outside UB, whether educational institutions, governmental or non-governmental and private institutions in the form of cooperation through supervising, guiding, educating, consulting activities or other forms of collaborative activities carried out by UB lecturers.

The recent Dokar activity is entitled “Acceleration of Collaboration in the form of Curriculum Development, Lecturer Publication and Student Exchange in Language and Literature”. In accordance with its title, the main purpose of this Dokar activity is for benchmarking and consulting with UQ and USyd, which are the top 100 universities in the QS world university ranking. Benchmarking and consultation referred to here are in terms of curriculum, exploratory research and joint publications, and lecturer and student exchange, especially between SPEL and SPJL FCS UB and other similar study programmes in UQ.

In UQ, FCS representatives discussed with some figures, which are the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UQ Prof. Heather Zwicker, Senior Manager of International Services Majella Ferguson, representatives from the Japanese Study Programme Dr Lucy Fraser and Dr Kayoko Hashimoto, and the Head of Indonesian Study Programme Assoc Prof Zane Goebel. While in USyd, FCS representatives met Assoc Prof Dwi Noverini Djenar.

The Chief of the SPEL Dokar Programme, Isti Purwaningtyas, M.Pd. said that this programme is beneficial especially to support the internationalization of SPEL in particular and FCS in general.

“SPEL will face field assessment for international accreditation of AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance by Accreditation of Study Programmes) on February 2023. The visitation to UQ and USyd is very important for us so that we have an illustration about the curriculum in international class university and its institutional management aspect”, said Isti.

Meanwhile, the Senior Manager of International Services from UQ, Majella Ferguson hopes that the partnership between the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UQ and the Faculty of Cultural Studies UB will be closer in the future.

“This partnership with FCS UB which has been conducted since 2019 needs to be widened in its scope. This is the right time because the partnership between these two faculties needs to be updated. Hopefully in the future, this partnership is getting closer and stronger,” said Majella. [mr/aaz/Humas FIB]