Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) has made another mark on an international level. This time, UMY managed to achieve five stars in five different categories of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) External Audit. Those categories are Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Social Responsibility, and Inclusiveness. With these results, UMY accumulated a score of 522 and achieved an overall score of three stars. This decision was made on August 9th 2019 in London, England. The result is an increase from the previous audit where UMY earned two stars overall.
Prof. Dr. Achmad Nurmandi, M.Sc, the UMY Vice-Rector of Cooperation and International Affairs, stated that this decision was UMY’s target for the last three years. “This is the second audit result we (UMY) achieved after the first one in 2015. This result is right in our target because we did aim for an overall rating of three stars. The score is based on the categories defined by QS. for the future, we will aim for an even higher target,” He stated when interviewed in his office at UMY Central Campus on Wednesday (14/8).
To achieve future targets, UMY will focus on internationalization. UMY will increase international study programs, invite lecturers from other countries, increase cooperation with institutions from other countries, and increase the number of foreign students that study in UMY. “Our next three years will focus on the international stage,” Prof. Nurmandi added.
Meanwhile, Evi Rahmawati, S.E., M.Acc., PhD., Ak., CA, The head of UMY QS team stated that the score for Teaching and Employability has increased when compared to the previous occasion’s score.
“This time, we received five stars for the Teaching and Employability categories. The Teaching category is scored from the students’ satisfaction rating, UMY students’ intention to continue their education to a higher level, and a balanced ratio of students and lecturers. For the Employability category, the score was taken from the time it took for UMY graduates to secure a job and UMY’s Career Development Center (CDC),” she added.
UMY managed to maintain a five-star rating on Facilities, Responsibility, and Inclusiveness categories, the same rating UMY had achieved in the previous audit. After seeing these results, Evi is optimistic that UMY can achieve its target for the international stage. “We managed to maintain some of the other categories and even increase their qualities,” Evi stated. (ak)