Thesis defenses virtually

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.

FEIB Launches online complaint

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.”  


FEIB evaluates scope of COVID-19 impact

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. 


Faculty stepping up to support transition to distance learning

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.

FEIB switches to online learning

FEIB students will be expected to leave campus by next Tuesday, FEIB management announced Monday, as the faculty switches to online instruction in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The announcement was a dramatic stroke from a small but nationally renowned school: A growing number of colleges and universities have announced temporary shifts to virtual classes in recent days in response to the uncertainty and rapid pace of changes with the covid-19 outbreak. 

“The risk of having hundreds of people return to the campus is too great. The best time to act in ways that slow the spread of the virus is now. Let me make our decisions clear,” Rector Mujiburrahman said. 

Remote learning will begin after March 16, so students can complete coursework off campus. The campus will remain open and faculty and staff will continue with schedules, but students are expected to leave within days.

“Our goal is to keep members of our community as safe as we possibly can while ensuring that students can complete their coursework for the semester,” Dean Fathurrahman said.

Labs to help FEIB students think differently about economics and business

FEIB students will have the chance to think outside the box about economics and business starting this year with anew series of  “labs” from the faculty.

The labs will encourage students, freshman and up, to explore issues and think out-of-the-box, using a hands-on approach that goes beyond the typical classroom instructions, said Vice Dean Dr. Syaugi.

“They will further discover applications of the material they learn, unify different concepts and participate in hands-on activities with or without using computers,” Syaugi said.

Participating students will be able to talk with lectures and choose a project of their liking. They can also suggest their own project. They can take many labs over different semesters.

“It’s not a class but an activity or project, and the content is streamlined for each student,” Syaugi said.

Dean: New Comprehensive Exam to Assess Faculty, Not Students

Dean Fathurrahman Azhari said the establishment of new comprehensive exam was aimed at evaluating the faculty, rather than students.

“We have set a computational standard for competency assessment. So there will be faculty benchmarks. But what we will assess is not the students, but our faculty,” said Azhari in Banjarmasin on Tuesday, February 18.

If the exam results show that many students have not achieved the minimum competency, then the faculty needs to be evaluated in order to produce a better learning process, he underlined. 

FEIB UIN Antasari, FEIB IAI Darussalam Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Dean of Faculty of Economics and Islamic Business (FEIB) UIN Antasari and officials from IAI Darussalam signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday (11/02) in Banjarmasin City.

Dean Fathurrahman Azhari, and Haya Zabidi, FEIB IAI Darussalam Dean, signed the memorandum during a ceremony attended by members of the faculties as well as administrative staff from the faculty.

This agreement is designed to optimize outreach, increase engagement efforts, and promote synergy between the faculties, as well as officially recognize an ongoing partnership between the faculties and the service.

“We look forward to continuing this partnership with IAI Darussalam students, faculty and lectures,” said Fathurrahman Azhari.

Kurikulum Bermutu

Menyahuti berbagai dinamika dan kebutuhan masyarakat, tahun 2020 menjadi tahun reviu kurikulum di lingkungan UIN Antasari Banjarmasin.

Hal itu terungkap pada rapat koordinasi pimpinan FEBI (tea morning), Selasa (04/02) di Ruang Rapat Dekan FEBI UIN Antasari Banjarmasin.

Dekan Dr. H. Fathurrahman Azhari, MHI menegaskan pentingnya reviu kurikulum di lingkungan FEBI UIN Antasari Banjarmasin.

“Selain agenda penting lainnya, dalam konteks agenda besar universitas, tahun ini FEBI insya Allah akan terlibat pada workshop kurikulum dengan mengundang stakeholders dan pihak yang memiliki kompetensi di bidangnya,” ujar Dekan. 

Dekan mengharapkan, dengan menggandeng pihak terkait, kegiatan itu dapat menghasilkan kurikulum yang bermutu dan sesuai dengan kebutuhan masyarakat. 

Ekosistem Keuangan Berdaya Saing

Dekan FEBI Fathurrahman Azhari (paling kiri) mengikuti pertemuan tahhunan Industri Jasa Keuangan 2020 yang dilaksanakn OJK, Selasa (04/02) di Banjarmasin

Menurut data, kinerja industri keuangan di Kalsel sudah sangat baik pada tahun lalu. Padahal terdapat berbagai macam kendala dan tantangan. 

Hal ini terungkap pada pertemuan tahunan Industri Jasa Keuangan 2020 yang dihelat Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) Regional IX Kalimantan, Selasa (04/02) di Banjarmasin.

Mengusung tema Ekosistem Keuangan Berdaya Saing untuk Pertumbuhan Berkualitas, pertemuan tidak hanya menyampaikan laporan kinerja jasa keuangan namun juga kebijakan strategis lainnya. Di antaranya, kebijakan OJK untuk mendorong perluasan dan pemanfaatan instrumen pembiayaan yang lebih variatif, sebagai alternatif pembiayaan proyek infrastruktur strategis di Indonesia.

Ketua Dewan Audit OJK Ahmad Hidayat mengungkapkan, tahun 2020 ini kinerja industri keuangan masih memiliki peluang pertumbuhan yang baik dengan adanya program pembangunan infrastruktur untuk bisa dengan cepat menghubungkan konektivitas antar daerah dan hilirisasi industri, yang tentunya bisa menumbuhkan UMKM guna mendukung pembangunan tersebut.

“Kami akan mendorong hadirnya berbagai macam industri dan meningkatkan pertumbuhan ekonomi di daerah,” ujar Hidayat.

Dekan FEBI Dr H Fathurrahman Azhari MHI yang turut diundang pada kegiatan tersebut, menegaskan pentingnya kegiatan untuk meningkatkan sinergitas dan kerjasama dalam meningkatkan ekosistem industri jasa keuangan, terutama bagi daerah di Kalimantan.

“Kita mengapresiasi kegiatan ini. Semoga tantangan dan peluang yang dihadapi ekosistem industri jasa keuangan dapat disikapi dengan tepat,” pungkas Fathurrahman. (MHM)