In its goal to provide the best education for their communication students, Mercu Buana University, one of the largest universities in Indonesia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Manila Times College (TMTC) to hold part of their training with the learning institution of the the Philippines’ oldest newspaper.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing was led on both sides by Mercu Buana University’s (MBU) professor Dana Saroso, vice rector for Innovation; and Dante Ang 2nd, president and CEO of The Manila Times. Also part of the panel were: Suharno Pawrosomarto, MBU Post Graduate School vice director; professor Wikwik Utami, MBU dean of Economics and Business Faculty; Krystel Ros Valenzuela, Quality Control manager of Thames Management Jakarta; Ivy Constantino The Manila Times College (TMTC) Vice President for International Affairs; and The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dante Arevalo Ang.
MBU was established in 1985. With 28,000-strong students, it is considered Indonesia’s third largest university in terms of population. The educational institution currently offers graduate courses in Economics and Business, Design and Creative Arts, Engineering, Communication Sciences, Computer Science, and Psychology, and also runs a post graduate school.
According to MBU’s contingent to Manila, one of the most popular departments at the university is Communication Sciences, which they are certain will encourage more enrollees what with this new partnership with TMTC.
“In Indonesian Higher Education system, our government applies accreditation ranking in A,B, and C where A is the highest one. Our school of communication received an A, which is why it is quite [a]popular [choice]for high school graduates,” explained Saroso. “We have as many as 400 students per academic year enrolled under Communication Science.”
The Manila Times further learned that since 2008, Indonesia’s National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education had awarded an “A” accreditation for MBU’s programs in Public Relations, Broadcasting, and Marketing Communications and Advertising.
Besides the school’s ranking, Saroso went on to note that with industry of media and broadcasting “booming” in Indonesia, many young people are drawn to pursuing careers in communication. “Previously they would go to Economics and Business, but now, with the rise of information technology, there is also a shift of interest among our youngsters.”
As such, MBU looks forward to its new partnership with TMTC, which will enable their students hands-on training at an actual newspaper and other related media like TV production and radio, which guarantees 100-percent employment rate for graduates. They see this move as a big step toward their goal of becoming a world-class university by 2020.
This partnership with MBU is not a first for TMTC, which has also designed programs for various colleges and university for dual degrees in Journalism. Among their previous tie-ups were with with Lyceum University, National Teachers College, Baliuag University, and Thammasat University in Thailand.