UIN Antasari held a long-awaited, in-person, socially distanced commencement ceremony on August 29. The ceremony was attended by the graduates’ families and was live-streamed on YouTube (UIN Antasari Channel and Duta TV) for the rest of the community to enjoy.
Chairman of the Senate A Hafiz Anshary opened this ceremony with an invocation.
Rector Mujiburrahman presented UIN Antasari most prized academic award, to the students who achieved the highest grade point average.
For FEIB students, the award was presented to Dewi Anggraini binti Abdurrahman, Islamic Economics student.
The award recognizes outstanding achivement, demonstrated by concern, quality of learning, and the commitment.
Diplomas were then awarded to the members of the graduating class. Elected Students displayed the plaques, as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said that it was with pride and joy that the entire community joined in cheering the graduate and wishing them well.
Research – Development and Training Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs (Balitbang Diklat Kemenag RI) which surveys the integrated service on behalf of the government, said FEIB had proactively engaged with its team, implementing plans to meet the standards (August, 27).
The team introduced a new internal process to engage FEIB.
“Integrated services practice is vital in providing healthy institutions to help them survive and this is one of the most important factors that will enable our power,” said team representative.
Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said, “We are encouraged to see FEIB improve its performance and meeting the criteria, especially during these unprecedented conditions.”
Antasari State Islamic Unversity (UIN Antasari) officials will produce virtual commencement ceremony for this August’s graduates. Candidates for graduation will receive commencement materials before the ceremony goes live in (August 29, 2020).
This year, FEIB staff has worked with numerous groups across campus to find ways to make this part of the student experience special.
FEIB has made scheduling decisions regarding of photo events on its calendar: August 19-25, 2020.
“Neither of these decisions was easy but they were unavoidable, as Covid-19 guidelines continue to prohibit high-population gatherings,” said FEIB Dean Fathurrahman Azhari.
“In a world where the coronavirus pandemic affects nearly everything, UIN Antasari has moved to make the best of its new normal.We value our students and enjoy having them as part of life on campus, but limiting public access is a key component to reducing the population and maintaining as safe an environment as possible for our students, faculty, and on-campus staff,” said Mujiburrahman, Rector of UIN Antasari.
FEIB UIN Antasari with The National Islamic Finance Committee (KNEKS) and Association of Faculty of Islamic Economics and Business (AFEBIS) held a national webinar, which took place live on UINA TV Youtube Channel, Wednesday (21-22/7).
Entitled “FEIB curriculum towards an independent campus era” this event was filled with a discussion about the process of FEIB in the teaching and learning.
On this webinar present as speakers are Mamat S Burhanuddin (Head of Sub-Directorate of Research, CS and Scientific Publication, MoRA), Sutan Emir Hidayat (Director of Islamic Financial Education and Research of KNKS), and Murniati Mukhlisin (Rector of Tazkia Islamic University Collage).
Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said that courtesy of the coronavirus, universities are closed around the world, and classrooms are now entertained over video conferencing. This is not overly dramatic as this temporary arrangement will eclipse after cases are contained, and classes will resume soon after.
“However, the impacts on the university ecosystem will requires immediate renovations in higher education that will shape FEIB syllabus for years to come,” Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said.
“In Indonesia, many universities are facing a once in a century event, and younger ones a once in a lifetime event. Their future will be defined by their flexibility,” said Mamat S Burhanuddin.
The case of online education is tricky for economic and business training, as most the courses require some form of residency component -computing a large part of the course requirement, which is now hindering the progress of academic pursuit.
Lastly, FEIB is often hailed as a discipline of problem-solving, but its education has somehow principally revolved around the pursuit of economy. Increasing criticism continues to arise on solutions being disconnected from their immediate context. Through the sole pursuit of abstraction, the discipline seems to obstinately distance itself from pursuing real and practical solutions.
”Moreover, in a time where the world’s challenges keep morphing and uncertainties keep arising due to the constant change in variables, FEIB needs to keep up. FEIB needs to adopt an eclectic view of the world, regroup disciplines, and perhaps rebrand it to the art of wicked problem solvers,” said Sutan Emir Hidayat.
Rector of Tazkia Institute, Murniati Mukhlisin said that future FEIB to be equipped to face those, a review of the economic syllabus is needed where equal emphasis is provided on classroom just as much as other dimensions. Along with this, it may also be the time to expand the FEIB curriculum, merge across disciplines and truly work towards building the future.
Institutions are rushing to stay relevant as they adapt to meet the demand for new skills and insights in a post-Covid world.
“The pandemic has disrupted the plans of many young professionals intending to attend campuses in Indonesia and abroad this year. Many are concerned about whether the curriculum is relevant, considering the scale of social and economic disruption caused by covid-19,” says Rabiatul Adawiyah, Head of Center for Curriculum and Learning Assessment, UIN Antasari.
Haris Faulidi, head of the Islamic banking study program, believes hybrid models will have to be adopted out of necessity because not all students may be able to join on-campus classes when they open. “Online classes are not new but now, industry experts, faculty and students are more open to the idea,” he says.
Another speaker, Rifqi Hidayat said that real online teaching involves content developed for a web format, such as the digital storytelling model of narration combined with imagery and videos, much like a documentary or the better YouTube educational content.
They sparked discussions with participants to helped inspire an overhaul of the curriculum, including a course on the economics and Islamic business of the pandemic.
“We are rushing to adapt our research and overhaul our curricula to meet the demand for new skills and insights that the post-Covid world requires,” says Fathurrahman Azhari, Dean of FEIB.
Thesis defense has traditionally been one of the final and most important steps for students to obtain their degrees. However, due to the restrictions on in-person events as part of the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, thesis defenses are now being held virtually.
As the pandemic made it impossible for students to return to the campus on schedule, around 40 students from regions, will defend their bachelor’s theses remotely.
However, FEIB administration underscored that those participating online will have to meet the same standards as those defending in person, and the entire process will be recorded to ensure quality.
Fathurrahman Azhari, FEIB Dean, commented on the difficult challenge of making effective adjustments in reaction to the pandemic. “We had to do many things from adjusting policy, to accommodating students and needs of the students,” Azhari said.
The Faculty of Economics and Islamic Business has added an online complaint form for stakeholders to report complaints (June, 15).
The form is available on the FEIB website. In a release, Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said the electronic form is to make the process of filing such a complaint easier on the public.
“We have always encouraged public to make independent reports when they think they have been a victim of unlawful force by FEIB,” he said. “But we are adding an electronic form to our website that will hopefully make the process easier for the public to access and use.”
Dealing predominantly with the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, FEIB’s board management convened on Tuesday for online meeting.
In his remarks to the board, Dean Fathurrahman Azhari outlined the priorities currently guiding the University’s decisions.
Azhari emphasized that no further decisions regarding quarter plans have been made at this time. Administrators are awaiting further public-health guidance, he said, and evaluating work from home (WfH) policy.
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Syaugi Mubarak Seff described measures meant to limit the pandemic’s impact on academics and student life. He concerns for students, who face diminished opportunities for research and internship in the wake of the pandemic.
The board also discussed the pandemic’s blow to the University’s budget. Vice Dean of Administration Mahmud Yusuf emphasized that economic uncertainty and the lack of definitive timeline for resuming in-person operations has “slowed” public financial sector.
Distance learning has begun for all UIN Antasari students, especially FEIB students. The transition to online forms of learning is an effort to mitigate risk associated with COVID-19.
For Haris Faulidi, faculty instructor of distance learning and lecturer of Islamic banking, it means that our homes has transformed into classrooms.
“At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. Students are learning new tools, as well,” he says. “Our staff have been working long hours, into the night and throughout the weekend, to make sure that we can support our instructors and our students during this challenging time.”
Some classes are easier to shift to an online learning platform than others.
Faulidi says some classes are particularly difficult to transition online because of the need for rapid back-and-forth interaction. But, he says, he’s been working with instructors in his department to overcome those challenges.
“Over the last few days we’ve been trying to help lecturers reconceive of how to teach their classes,” says Faulidi. “We’re trying to help them understand what we can do well on an online learning environment.”
Ultimately, says Faulidi, this is a “new adventure” for everyone involved.