Rectorate, UIN Online News— A total of eight Malaysian students will continue studying at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. This was conveyed by Muhammad Azlan bin Marukum from Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) as The Head of Academic when he met The Rector of UIN Jakarta Prof. Dr. Dede Rosyada MA in his office, Thursday (10th June).

“This is a transfer program to pursue a Bachelor degree in Indonesia. For your information, sir, they are all diploma degree graduates in Syariah, Usuluddin, and Da’wa Faculty,” said Azlan.

He continues, they had delivered the Malaysian students to UIN Riau Pekanbaru and UIN Bandung since 2005. And this time, they plans to expand the cooperation with UIN Jakarta.

“I would like to say a million thanks for the cooperation and concideration,” said Azlan who came with Muhammad Nazri, lecturer from Yayasan Islam Kelantan.

In response, Dede said that the foreign student who will study in UIN Jakarta should take Indonesia Language Program for Foreign Student (BIMA) in order to follow the lesson. However, for the students from Malaysia, the rule does not seem to apply because Indonesia and Malaysia are from the same ethnic group.

“There are only slight differences, only the accents and pronunciation. It did not take long to adapt,” said Dede.

Regarding semester tuition, Dede continued, there are no differences between the local and foreign students. The Indonesian government subsidizes tuition fees for all students, including foreign students, so we equate the cost, he explained.

At the same time, Azlan clarifies the rumor about UIN Jakarta did not get i’tiraf (recognition) from the Malaysian Government.

It’s not about the campus, but the school issues.If the student get into UIN Jakarta with a diploma from the school that did not recognized by the government of Malaysia (black listed), then the bachelor diplomas issued by any campus in Indonesia automatically do not get i’tiraf (recognition) too,” he explained.

Therefore, the student can not be accepted to work in government agencies of Malaysia. He continued.

He also added that the Malaysian government only gives i’tiraf to UIN Jakarta for religious study faculties alone.

“UIN Jakarta is an Islamic University, then we only gives the recognition for the religious study faculties, such as Faculty of Shari’a and Law (FSH),Faculty of Da’wah and Communication (FDIK), Faculty of Ushuluddin (FU), Faculty of Adab and Humanities (FAH), andFaculty of Dirasat Islamiyah (FDI).” He said.

According to Azlan, students who have passed the diploma program in Malaysia, can directly enter the bachelor program at UIN Jakarta for one year.

“Diploma grade point that have been obtained can be converted afterwards, according to the rules applicable in each campus,” He explained

To accommodate such programs, UIN Jakarta through the faculties will preparethe RPL (Past Experience Recognition) so that their academic qualification, education and training, and academic achievement reached by The Malaysian students can be converted.

According to Nazri, four students will continue in FDIK, three students in FSA and one student will continue in FU for one year, starting September 2016

Also present at the meeting, Vice Rector of CooperationProf. Dr. Murodi, M.Ag, Dean of FDIK Dr. Arief Subhan, M.Ag, Head of Center for International Cooperation Rachmat Baihaky, MA, Head of Center for Research and Publication Wahdi Sayuti, S.Ag., MA. Head of Center for Community Service Djaka Badranaya, S.Ag., ME. And SDH student from Malaysia Khadijah Munier (MF/Umar Syarif Audah)

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