Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta (UMY) became one of the Charity of Muhammadiyah Enterprises (AUM) which is engaged in education. To become a qualified university with a good reputation at the international level, UMY established cooperation in the field of education with various universities abroad. One form of cooperation between UMY and various campuses in Asia is to do inbound and outbound by students from each campus.
Eko Priyo Purnomo, M.Sc., M.Res., Ph.D as the Head of the Cooperation and International Affairs Institute of UMY explained that there were 135 UMY students in September 2018 from various study programs who began taking student exchange programs in universities at 5 Asian countries, namely Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand and China. There are 18 students who come from the Study Program (Study Program) Government Studies, 6 students from the Department of Economics, 32 students from Law Sciences, 30 people from the Department of International Relations, 16 people from the Management Study Program, 12 Accounting students, 4 people from the Development Economics Study Program, 1 student from the English Language Study Program, and 16 people from the Pharmacy Science Study Program. “UMY has sent hundreds of students from the 2016 class to study abroad. For 1 semester they will gain knowledge in the country and are expected to be able to introduce Indonesian culture to a wide audience, “he said through a press release received by the UMY Protocol Public Relations Bureau on Wednesday (12/9).
All students will study at various campuses on the Yellow continent, including the University of Asia, National Cheng Kung University, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Malaysia International Islamic University, Sun Moon University, Khon Kaen University, Thammasat University, and SIAS International University . The success of UMY in establishing cooperation with various campuses mentioned above, according to Eko, is a small example of the success of maintaining good relations with educational institutions in foreign countries. “When UMY continues to understand its credentials” Young Worldwide “, on going collaboration with international partners seems to be an important key as a way to actualize itself and make it known internationally,” he added. The increase in cooperation with international institutions has also been reviewed through data that has been processed by the International Cooperation and Affairs Institute. The data shows an increase in the number of students participating in the student exchange program as much as 270% compared to 2017. This exchange program also provides benefits for students, expanding their knowledge and cultural experience from abroad.