Collaborating with PTUN Surabaya, FH UNAIR Focuses on Improving Student Skills through the MBKM Program
One of the critical goals of tertiary education is to prepare adult individuals to become productive Pancasila citizens with a human and national spirit and a spirit of Unity in Diversity, and a strong core of defending the country. Higher education must be able to instill a foundation of national values. Seeing many higher education institutions in Indonesia with a wide variety and quality gap, the government considers that developing a comprehensive national higher education quality improvement system is necessary. Strengthening tertiary institutions’ quality includes education, research, community service, and higher education management.
At least there are six steps to improve the quality of tertiary institutions in Indonesia, namely right-sizing the number of tertiary institutions through mergers and acquisitions, differentiation of higher education missions, transparent internal and external quality assurance systems, strengthening higher education autonomy, strengthening centers of excellence, and partner funding mobilization. Improving the quality of tertiary institutions is implemented in the Merdeka Learning – Merdeka Campus (MBKM) program, which was initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia through a scheme that aims to improve spirituality, life values, knowledge, skills, as well as mental attitude and professional ethics (attitude).
To improve the quality of higher education, the Faculty of Law, Universitas Airlangga signed a memorandum of cooperation agreement (MoU) with the Surabaya State Administrative Court. The signing of the cooperation included the MBKM program, visits between the two agencies, apprenticeship programs, use of the State Administrative Court courtroom for student moot court practice activities (outside working hours), requests for documents and word data for academic purposes, and other matters other things related to increasing the understanding and ability of students of the Faculty of Law, the University of Airlangga related to state administrative justice.
On this occasion, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Airlangga University, Iman Prihandono, S.H., M.H., LL.M., Ph.D., was received by the Head of the State Administrative Court, Tedi Romyadi, S.H., M.H. Apart from Tedi, officials from the State Administrative Court which include Haryati, S.H., M.H. (Vice Chairman); Djoko Prijono, S.E. (Secretary); and Suhendra, S.H., M.H. (Registrar) also welcomed the arrival of representatives of the Faculty of Law, Universitas Airlangga. Both parties accepted the collaborative activities carried out with a focus on MBKM.
The Law Faculty of Airlangga University has long had courses in State Administrative Court Procedural Law, including theoretical learning and moot court practicum. Signing the memorandum of cooperation agreement can increase the enthusiasm for learning and add insight to the Faculty of Law, Universitas Airlangga’s students regarding the theory and practice of trial proceedings.