In 2020, Universitas Gunung Jati Swadaya (UGJ) turns 59 years old. Entering the age that is quite mature, we are grateful that the oldest University in the region III of West Java (Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka, Kuningan - hereinafter abbreviated as Ciayumajakuning) grew to become the largest and most trusted by the community. This is evident from the number of students who continue to grow each year. At present, there are approximately 11000 active students spread across eight undergraduate and graduate faculties studying and preparing for the future at UGJ. For the 2019-2020 academic year, UGJ accepts 2700 new students in all faculties and targets at least 3000 new students to be successfully recruited in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.
Of course, increasing the number of students means that the UGJ also has a greater responsibility in educating and preparing their future. UGJ has a great mandate to prepare students to become superior, productive, responsible, capable characters and wide networking. Therefore, UGJ continues to strive to always improve academic and non-academic quality and add supporting facilities for campus operational activities in carrying out Tri Dharma.
Gradually, efforts to improve academic and non-academic quality by UGJ began to appear to have the results. In the last two years, based on the ranking of the Kemenristekdikti College, the UGJ ranking jumped from being in the 800s group to being ranked 140 in 2019. While in the research ranking at the national level, in 2019, the UGJ ranking jumped to rank 157, which means, UGJ entered into the main research cluster group. In the next three years, UGJ is targeting to enter into the independent research cluster. To support the achievement of these targets, every year, we budget funds of Rp. 5 M to support the research, learning, and devotion of the lecturers.
The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) provides a Darmasiswa scholarship program for foreign students to learn Indonesian language and culture. This is used as one of the momentum by the Gunung Jati Swadaya University (UGJ) Cirebon to play an active role in the Darmasiswa program, first marked by the holding of an Indonesian Language Learning Workshop for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) to improve the quality of human resources owned, secondly by fulfilling facilities and infrastructure supporters of the Darmasiswa program so that BIPA learning can run optimally.
On this basis, UGJ is ready to play an active role and implement the Darmasiswa program as a manifestation of the implementation of Indonesian internationalization. This is in line with the vision of UGJ, which is to be a Leading Research Institute based on Local Wisdom towards a Global Level in 2034.
UGJ's vision to become a superior university on a global level
Of course various quality improvement programs in the form of providing funds and facilities alone are not sufficient to become a national university at the national, regional or international level. For this reason, UGJ requires the continuity of networking with other tertiary institutions both at home and abroad. At present, UGJ is collaborating with various tertiary institutions, both domestically and abroad. In addition to collaborating with the best universities in the country, UGJ also collaborates with universities abroad such as from ASEAN countries : Australia, the Netherlands, France and Lithuania.
The cooperation that UGJ builds with overseas partners is not formality collaboration without reality. But collaboration is followed up with the implementation of various activities and work programs. For example, UGJ collaborates with Erasmus to run the Erasmus Mobility Program in the form of lecturer and student exchanges with the University of Poitiers in France. We also have a similar program with Mahidol University in Thailand. The collaboration was built in an effort to realize our vision of becoming a "leading research institute based on local wisdom towards the global level in 2034."
We have established all of these collaborations with two main objectives, namely to build networks with various parties at the global level to support the improvement of the quality of academic and non-academic programs at UGJ which lead to an increase in the quality of graduate results; and participate in promoting Indonesian culture to a global level.