Status and Role of UNJ
Written by Jaya martha
UNIVERSITAS NEGERI JAKARTA (UNJ) is under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education (MONE). Therefore, its funding is largely dependent on the supply of the government. With such status, UNJ has to be accountable for being the higher education institution that is responsible for the preparation of professional human resources for both educational and non educational sectors as required by the government and the society as well.
For almost 40 years since its establishment, UNJ has been playing a significant role in providing opportunities for best citizens of the country to pursue a future career in the field of education and other professions. Equity has always been one basic consideration the overall University policies in academic programs. Students from all parts of the country and various social statuses had accessed UNJ for qualified and valuable education in this university. Moreover, for the past five years, international students from Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, South Korea and Japan are enrolled in this university. In the future students from China and Egypt will be studying in UNJ. Such conditions will drive UNJ to keep maintaining its academic excellent in order to be recognized by international society.
In regard to promote lifelong learning, UNJ has been amplifying its role by offering various academic programs including various short course trainings both in educational and non educational courses. It makes UNJ being a better place for the young and adult students who want to advance their knowledge and skills.
In line with the local autonomy policy implemented by the Government of Indonesia since 1999, UNJ has been repositioning itself as a strategic partner for some provincial and district governments, such as DKI Jakarta, Bekasi, Depok, Banten to name but few. UNJ, with its qualified human resource, has established mutually beneficial collaboration with these local and district authorities for setting up their education design. The demand for UNJ to assist local and district governments in developing their education systems seems can be anticipated to increase in the future.
Currently, at national level, UNJ has been involved in providing assistance for the Government of Indonesia in overcoming regional conflicts. UNJ has been taking part as partner of the local government where conflicts occur. Through its institutional and supporting units, UNJ has been providing Post-Conflict Therapy Counseling for school children in the conflict areas such as Ambon, Halmahera, Poso and Nangroe Aceh Darussalam. Result of the project has been greatly appreciated by the local government and local community.
The GOI along with the Legislative have passed the Act number 14/ 2005 about Teacher and Lecturer (UU Guru dan Dosen), which literates the need for teacher and lecturer certification. The Act then is elaborated in the Government Regulation (PP) number 19/2005 about national education standard stated that LPTK (teachers’ training institution) is the one who’s responsible for assessing teacher competencies and issuing teacher certification, including UNJ. The regulation impacts significantly to LPTK to restructure their academic programs and revitalize its management and infrastructures to accommodate more than 2.5 million of current teachers at basic and secondary schools, which need to be certified. Of course, it adds up role and demand for UNJ besides of pre- and in- service teacher training institution.
In the context of international community, UNJ has always been attempting wider networking with overseas higher education institutions, international non-profit organization, and foreign government bodies. UNJ has also established academic collaborations with prominent universities overseas such as those in Japan, South Korea, USA, Britain, Australia, Germany, Malaysia and Italy. In collaboration with the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), a US non-profit organization, UNJ has been the leading university in improving economics literacy in Indonesia through Economics Education project funded by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education.
To play greater role at national and international level in the future, the University needs to have basic facilities that meet international standards. This means that UNJ must be equipped with new modern classrooms, offices, research and learning facilities, and other infrastructures. In other word, the University should develop a campus environment that encompasses adequate facilities for students, teaching staff, and administrators for performing their maximum capabilities. At the same time, UNJ needs to be able to meet the needs and demands of the Indonesian society for better educational services.