Universitas Tanjungpura – Rector of Universitas Tanjungpura, Prof.Dr. Thamrin Usman, DEA, held a symbolic send off for several lecturers of Universitas Tanjungpura that will fly to Kansas State University and Kansas University in The United States to join Acceleration Program for Professor and Doctoral Degree.
Usman said that Untan is cooperating with UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), which has the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, etc.
“Kansas State University will assign them (the lecturer), and later they will be contacted back.” stated Usman after the event with the lecturers in his official residence, Jalan Daya Nasional, Thursday (2/12).
To apply for a doctoral degree, the TOEFL score of 550 at minimum is needed. “Fulbright Scholarships are offered plenty every year, but the obstacles (to get it) are mostly language and finding supervisors.” He added.
During the five-week program, the lecturers are sponsored by Tanjungpura Universitas and its Faculties. “Also, because we (Untan) did not pay the full price, it is subsidized by the government of The United States,” he said. “Expenses on accommodation and food as well as the program are covered by The United States.”
“Frankly, the expenses reached hundreds of millions rupiahs. However, with the subsidy, we are helped. We make use of it at best because of the good relationship and their trust to Untan,” Thamrin Usman said.
Thamrin Usman stated that he lost count on how many lecturers having studied overseas during his time as the Rector of Untan. However, he noted that many lecturers had been sent abroad to continue their studies, some of which were sent to Leicester, France, England, Japan, Malaysia, and now The United States. “Many of them are in the UK and France. Today we send them to The United States, with half of them taking doctorate degree.” he said.
The lecturers who are departing have fulfilled the requirements to apply for Fulbright Scholarships through DIKTI. “DIKTI would be surprised to see that dozens from Untan could succeed. DIKTI must be asking what the secret is,” added Usman.
The program aims to increase the number of doctorates and professors in Untan. And, most importantly, because they are the agents of change, they will be the ones to create a scientific atmosphere. “Also, they can be role models.” Thamrin Usman said in the end.