Saga University & Lambung Mangkurat University Programs

Background

In this borderless era of globalization, where each nation is demanded to improve and collaborate with the other nations to establish its existence in global world. Indonesian young generations should be capable to compete in such era to catch up in terms of science and technology, by enrolling in several international-scale programs. College students as Indonesian asset, are not ideally limited to academic field but also need to be given the access for global intellectual development.

Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM) is one of Indonesian university, the oldest university in Borneo Island inaugurated on November 1, 1960. At the beginning of its establishment, it had only 4 faculties and the Faculty of Engineering was the 7th faculty in ULM establishment in 1965. Now, ULM has 11 faculties and 105 study programs. Faculty of Engineering has 7 study programs, including Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Information Technology. In order to transform to an international standard university, Faculty of Engineering needs to actively participate and represent Lambung Mangkurat University in international programs.

Based on this background, the Memorandum of Understanding (Appendix-1) was made between the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Lambung Mangkurat University (Prof. Dr. –Ing Yulian Firmana Arifin) and the Dean of Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saga University (Prof. Dr. Koji Ishibashi). The MoU ceremony and the signing process were undertaken in Saga on January 20, 2016.

Following the final MoU signed, both parties proposed the programs to be implemented. There were two planned programs in 2016, Sakura Science Program, Lecturer Advance Study, SPACE-E Program, followed by ASIAN Collaborative Lecture Program on Lowland Technology proposed in 2019. By the next years in 2021, University of Lambung Mangkurat gained the opportunity for Master Degree Program in Saga University with MEXT scholarship.

Purpose

  1. Improving the quality of education so that it can be equivalent to the quality of international education, especially in Saga, Japan
  2. Improving the quality of research, so it can be Internationally acknowledge
  3. Improving knowledge and experience of students through SPACE-E Program, Sakura Science Program and Workshop of Lowland
  4. Improving competency and experience of lecturer through Lecturer Advance Study Program

Saga University Program for Academic Exchange (2017 – on going)

Saga University Program for Academic Exchange (SPACE) is an annual short term program for one or two semester maximum, where Lambung Mangkurat University send the student delegates to study and conduct research in Saga University. There are two kinds of SPACE programs, SPACE-E and SPACE-J. SPACE-E is the exchange program with the learning process are formulated in English, while SPACE-J is in Japanese language. Lambung Mangkurat University is enrolled in SPACE-E.

SPACE program basically offers a unique curriculum of a combination among academic curriculum of the same origin department, Japanese languages and cultures. The students enrolled are highly expected to extend knowledge and understanding in terms of their field study, and/or Japanese languages through academic process and interaction with Japanese students, and other international students from other countries. Besides classroom study, the exchange students also have a lot of field trips, and conduct research in laboratory with their supervisors.

The objectives of this program is to improve the potential and science during the student exchange period in Saga University, both in terms of knowledge in field study, and be familiar with Japanese cultures from the interaction with Japanese students and the local communities.

ASIAN Collaborative Lecture Program on Lowland Technology (November 2019)

ASIAN Collaborative Lecture Program on Lowland Technology is a collaboration program between Saga University, Lambung Mangkurat University (Indonesia), Hasanuddin University (Indonesia), Can Tho University (Vietnam), West Yangon University (Myanmar). The background of this program is the similarity of geographical condition and contour, the issues, and challenges faced by these countries made this collaboration crucial in order to ellaborate knowledge from each universities.

The workshop included seminars and several field trips to directly observe the condition in Saga city. The delivery of information related to lowland is not limited to from professors of Saga University as the host, but also from all participant nation. In addition to lowland technology, this workshop also gave the participant opportunity to observe the construction or Ariake Coastal road from the piling process and soil studies to obtain the proper design, water treatment process, waste management, and historical places in Saga.

Sakura Science Program (November 2016)

Sakura Science Program is an exchange program organized by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) which invites youths from Asia and Latin America on a short span for the purpose of expanding interest in science and technology. One of Host University in Japan is Saga University, and Lambung Mangkurat University have participated to this program, in November 2016. Through this program, student can learn implementation of research field in Saga University, they also will be invited to some research location around Saga Prefectures. In this program, students will meet others international students and exchange information and knowledge among them.

Lecturer Advance Study Program (2016-2020)

Lecturer Advance Study Program Is a program specifically for lecturers who want to continue their education to Saga University Japan. Through this program, lecturers can open wider opportunities to learn more in their fields of knowledge with professors at Saga University. Lecturers can also study the learning system and curriculum in Japan so they can imitate and apply it at Engineering Faculty, Lambung Mangkurat University. This program also opens the opportunity for both universities to establish research collaborations.

There are 2 lecturers who continue advance study program with Saga University Scholarship

  1. Dr.Eng. Akbar Rahman, S.T.,  M.T. lecturer majoring in Architecture who studied doctoral degree at Saga University from 2016 to 2019
  2. Eng. Maya Amalia, S.T., M.Eng lecturer majoring in Civil Engineering who studied doctoral degree at Saga University from 2017 to 2020
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