On its sixth Customized program arranged by CPSC, the Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Raden Fatah, Palembang, Indonesia sent 25 senior administrators and faculty members to gain insights on Higher Educational Management from July 17-23, 2016 at CPSC, Manila, Philippines. This year's batch was led by Prof. Dr. Izomiddin, MA, Head of Project Implementing Unit.
The program was organized in response to the growing technological and development divide and in an effort to integrate various bodies of knowledge and sciences with Islamic teachings. Recent developments in the Indonesian educational system made it imperative for Islamic state institutes to institute excellence, sound leadership and quality culture in educational institutions to ensure delivery of its services to its stakeholders. With the assistance from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and infrastructure developments and capacity building programs for officials, faculty and staff, such as CPSC programs were organized with the hopes of strengthening these institutions.
The program design enabled the participants to be exposed to various systems and practices related to management of higher education institutions. Themes discussed during the program include: (1) Management Concepts and Paradigms of Improving Institutional Management in Higher Education, (2) Information and Communication Technology Applications in Higher Education, (3) Developing a Corporate Plan and the Strategic Planning Process, (4) Action Planning on Management of Higher Education Institutions and (5) Educational Transformation through Leadership. Tasks such as environmental scanning, formulation of a strategic planning framework and leadership style surveys were implemented alongside lectures to monitor the progress of the participants. An action plan on institutional management was also required at the end of the program to finally convert these lessons into concrete plans for future, anticipated implementation. Tours to higher education institutes in Manila such as the Asian Institute of Management and University of the Philippines-Diliman were also included in the 5-day program. Tours around Manila were also included to enable the participants to appreciate the sights of the host city.
First started in 2014, CPSC has successfully implemented customized programs in management not only for the administrators in its Raden Fatah, Palembang campuses but also for other campuses such as in Medan (IAIN Sumatera Utara), Mataram and Walisongo Semarang. The current program was already the sixth of its kind organized under the CPSC-UIN partnership at the time when it the latter was still a State Islamic institute (IAIN). The success of the program strengthened IAIN's faculty and staff through exhibited benefits that the trainees gained, which contributed to IAIN's conversion to its current status as a university.
The program was supervised by CPSC Acting Director General, Dr. G. Kulanthaivel. He was assisted by Dr. Romulita Alto, CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant and Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria, Former CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant and the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Britenvision PLT, who conducted some of the lectures in Bahasa Indonesia to facilitate the ease of communication and understanding.
The program ended on a very delighted and appreciative remarks from the participants for CPSC's efforts in ensuring its smooth implementation.