UT Urged to Have International Study Programs

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Open University or Universitas Terbuka (UT) obtained an international certificate of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) for the third time. The certificate is evidence that UT is an open and distance education institution of quality. Director General of Learning Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Intan Ahmad asked UT to always collaborate and coordinate with other universities to try to conduct balancing of higher education quality. Do not let disparity of quality remain unsolved.

Intan said, with the accreditation, UT has proven its education quality compared to face-to-face universities that have not obtained accreditation A. She deems efforts at quality improvement should be conducted sustainably.   Responsibility of higher education quality is not entirely in the hands of the government, but is in the study programs and universities.   Hence Kemenristek Dikti urged UT to produce study programs and other international achievements.

UT Rector Tian Belawati claimed academic quality improvement continues to be conducted by UT upon its 32nd year.  UT now has 35 study programs accredited by the Higher Education National Accreditation Agency or Badan Akreditasi Nasional Perguruan Tinggi (BAN-PT). Four study programs have even obtained accreditation A from BAN-PT, namely the strata one/ undergraduate program for administration science, business administration science, management, and sociology.

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