The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the realisation of the region's end goal of economic integration. It envisions ASEAN as a single market and production base, a highly competitive region, with equitable economic development, and fully integrated into the global economy. It is now becoming the main concern among south east ASEAN countries, including Indonesia.
The Government of Republic of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti), encourages all higher education to do internationalization in order to be ready in facing the AEC. Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) supports the government’s mandate by undertaking a number of internationalization programs. One of which is to send its alumni to teach in other ASEAN countries.
To realize the program, the delegates from UMP, Dr. Jebul Suroso (Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs) and Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D. (Director of International Affairs Office), had a visit to Buranakarn Suksa Witya School in Pattani, Thailand. The representative from Buranakarn Suksa Witya School was Dr. Hasan E-Tae (Director of Buranakarn Suksa Witya School).
The agenda held on October 27, 2016 included the discussion on the agreement between UMP and Buranakarn Suksa Witya School regarding the Teaching Alumni program. Both parties agree to mutually run the program. UMP with its Faculty of Teacher Training and Education will regularly send its alumni to teach in Buranakarn for 1 year. All accommodation during their stay in Thailand will be covered by the school.
This Teaching Alumni program will definitely be beneficial to UMP for its internationalization. Until present, there have been 4 alumni of UMP teaching in Buranakarn Suksa Witya School. (kui-nov)