As one of the partners of the University Research and Doctoral Program OPTBANK in Banking and Finance, Universitas Tanjungpura participated in a midterm evaluation and designed a new module with the European University, Bank Indonesia, Financial Services Authority (OJK) and Deposit Insurance Company to design nine new modules in finance and banking for the Master and Doctoral Program at the Universitas Indonesia where three lecturers from the Faculty of Economics and Business of Universitas Tanjungpura were sent to take part in the midterm evaluations and design new modules in Solo, Indonesia from 23-27 September 2019. The OPTBANK Research and Doctoral Program has evolved from the Senior Fellowship Program, Junior Fellowship Program, Fellowship Program Doctorate, and Best Practices Fellowship Program where recipients and institutions have benefited from this program.
On September 15, 2017, a pre-kick off meeting was held for a consortium of Indonesian partner universities at the Faculty of Economics and Business of UNS with the aim to equalize perception, reinforce commitment and prepare for the kick-off meeting. The kick-off meeting took place in January 2018 in Europe. In 2017, intensive discussions were held related to the preparation of kick-off meetings and plans for the implementation of the first year work program by the project steering committee consisting of five persons namely Prof. Amine Tarazi (Limoges), Dr. Irwan Trinugroho (UNS), Prof. Franco Fiordelisi (Rome), Prof. Fotios Pasiouras (Crete) and Prof. John Williams (Bangor).
The OPTBANK program was prepared by a coordinator of a consortium of tertiary institutions in Indonesia. This program has started to be compiled in a joint manner primarily between the Faculty of Economics and Business of UNS and LAPE University of Limoges since May 2016, then submitted to the European Commission in February 2017. Winners were then announced in August 2017. OPTBANK was included in 149 proposals funded from 756 proposals submitted to the European Commission for Higher Education – International Capacity Building. The universities in Indonesia involved were the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Universitas Syiah Kuala, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah, Universitas Tanjungpura, and Universitas Sriwijaya. While other universities in Europe were Bangor University UK, University of Rome III Italy and Technical University Crete Greece.
The main objective of the OPTBANK Program is to strengthen research in banking and finance in universities in Indonesia. While the specific goal is to increase international exposure from junior lecturers and senior lecturers in Indonesia through research training and research collaboration with partner universities in Europe, revitalizing doctoral and master programs in Indonesia by introducing new modules adapted to local needs. In addition, OPTBANK also strengthens the governance of research centers and doctoral programs through the exchange of good practices between European partners with Indonesia and increases interaction between universities in Indonesia with financial and banking regulators, the financial and banking industry and the public through various activities.