The 9th CRISU-CUPT International Conference 2014 was hosted by Khon Kaen University, at Centara Hotel and Convention Center, Khon Kaen, from October 27 – 30, 2014. This event marks the 9th annual meeting between the Council of Rector of Indonesia State University (CRISU) and the Council of University President of Thailand (CUPT). The 300 attending academic administrators, faculty and students (150-150 from Indonesia and Thailand, respectively) worked together to find creative solutions to the issue “Enhancing Indonesian and Thai Education Systems Compatibility towards ASEAN Community”.
The Opening Ceremony
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piniti Ratananukul, Secretary-General, Office of the Education Council, shared a brief history of CRISU-CUPT conferences, stated the mission of the current conference, and expressed his hope for increasing creative and academic development of the two countries in the future. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pradit Wanarat, CUPT chairman, delivered a speech highlighting the main role of this event: to strengthen and support cooperation between universities of both Thailand and Indonesia, at academic management levels.
CRISU chairman Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto expressed his satisfaction with the nine-year progress that this event is making, in terms of international collaboration between participating institutions from the two countries. Welcome remarks by H. E. Mr. Lufti Rauf, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Thailand, pointed out how the positive outcomes of CRISU-CUPT contribute to the development of economic, social and cultural understanding and collaboration between the two nations.
H. E. Mr. Pasakorn Seriyaphan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of Indonesia, said he feels honored to be welcomed and in particular to meet the Ambassador of Indonesia to Thailand. He pointed out how a conference focusing on cooperation between Thailand and Indonesia can enhance several aspects of Thai education and Indonesian education, while also encouraging cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
Mr. Kamthorn Thavonsatit, Governor of Khon Kaen Province expressed his pleasure to have an event of such importance hosted in Khon Kaen, and his hopes for mutually beneficial cooperation. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trirattanasirichai, President of Khon Kaen Univeristy, shared his thoughts on being the host institution for this international event, and his expectations of further successful collaborations as a result of the conference.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piniti Ratananukul, Secretary-General, Office of the Education Council delivered a special talk on “Reaching All Learners: The Challenge of Diversity”, in which he highlighted the need to adapt administrative and teaching methods to ensure effective education in a variety of socioeconomic environments. This talk was facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trirattanasirichai, President of Khon Kaen Univeristy. H. E. Mr. Pasakorn Seriyaphan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of Indonesia delivered a special talk on “Developing Sustainable Partnerships”, in which he recalled personal stories during his service in Indonesia, highlighting the increasingly important role that citizens play in international diplomacy, in this digital age. This talk was facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chusak Limsakul, President of Prince of Songkla University.
This year’s conversation centered around “Fostering Greater Compatibility for Indonesian and Thai Education Systems”, with three participants: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pradit Wanarat, CUPT chairman; Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, CRISU chairman, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ninnat Olanvoravuth, Secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL). This conversation was facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suwit Laohasiriwong, Former President of Nakhon Phanom University.
Group DiscussionsParticipants chose one of three forums to attend: the Presidents Forum, the Deans Forum and the Students forum.
Tasked with discussing the topic “Improving Networking Between Indonesian and Thai Education Systems”, participants of the Presidents Forum came up with the idea of four working groups focusing on the following areas:
- Academic Standards
- Research and Innovation
- Student Forum
- Government and Finance
Conversation centered on “Quality Assurance and Credit Transfer”. Regarding the former, it was pointed out that increasing budget will result in increased effectiveness of quality assurance, and that setting a qualification framework will help align Thai and Indonesian standards. On the other hand, to establish a working credit transfer system, it was deemed necessary to have proficiency in the host’s native language, and to have detailed and unified course guidelines, as well as increased flexibility regarding subjects, course description, credits earned and completion time. Financial support, academic transfer and visa issues were also explored.
Participants explored the issue “Supporting Students to Become Innovative and Global Citizens”, and found that proficiency in the host’s native language, a respectful attitude and an increase in general ASEAN awareness would greatly facilitate the internationalization of the student body. The quality of the teaching staff and the number of available scholarships were also named as important factors.
Besides fostering networking and dialogue, the conference was also a venue for presenting research works in the area of Thai-Indonesian education system compatibility for ASEAN. Presented papers include the following:
- “Bringing Health Polytechnic of Semarang to a World-class University by implementation of Quality Assurance” (Sugiyanto, Marsum, Lanny Sunarjo; Health Polytechnic of Semarang)
- “Strategies for Managing and Developing Partnership and Network in Higher Education Cooperation: a Case Study at State University Gorontalo” (Dr. Syamsu Qamar Badu, M.Pd, Pr. Dr. Hasanuddin, M.Hum; State University Gorontalo)
- “The Readiness of Education for the ASEAN Community 2015” (Sumardiono Sutoyo, Kapti Rahayu K.; University of Slamet Riyadi Surakarta)
- “External Quality Assurance 2014: What Effect Does It Have on the EFL Classroom?” (Steven Graham; Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Khon Kaen)
- “The Role of Indonesian Young Generation in ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015” (Dr. Ir. Aprisal, MP, Rifki Dermawan, Fiqho Valderiko, Muhammad Taufik; Andalas University, Padang, Indonesia)
- “Collaborative Activities between Faculty of Nursing Khon Kaen University (FoN-KKU), University of Muhammadiyah (UMY) & Networking Institutes in Indonesia” (Dr. Khanitta Nuntaboot; Khon Kaen University)