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UPI andCFBT Brunei has launched REAL Research Monograph

Bandung, UPI

Research English as an ASEAN Language (REAL) Research Monograph has been inaugurated by four researchers of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) collaborating with five researchers of Center for British Teachers (CfBT) Brunei at Partere UPI building on, Tuesday (28/2/2017).

“REAL Research Monograph is a monograph of recorded research on the investigation of English language usage as an official language in ASEAN. The research is an implementation of MoU contract between UPI and CfBT Brunei. The articles in the monograph cover some information about English language teaching for the teachers to know; that English language is not a threat yet a medium to distribute thoughts.” said the REAL Research Director of UPI, Drs. H. Herli Salim, M.Ed., Ph.D.

The team personnel of UPI are Dr. Wahyu Sundayana, MA., Gin Gin Gustine, Ph.D., and Sudarsono, MA. Meanwhile, Brunei representatives were chaired by Dr. Greg Keaney, Ms. Robyn Elmi, Mr. Dave Laming, Ms. Jean Kiekopft, and Mr. Rob Tunnel.

Beside in an aim of implementing the MoU between UPI and CfBT, REAL is purposed to gain input solution for ASEAN organization to unite as a community after English is approved to be an ASEAN official language. Moreover, REAL is conducted to discover the issues of adversities of English language teaching in each country members of ASEAN community (one of the articles entitled The Effect of English Language Appointment as an Identity of Nationality).

Further confirmed that REAL produced an ISBN monograph book covering the published articles in presiding seminar of Conaplin UPI, ICREAM Roi Et Rajabhat seminar of Uni Thailand, and one article has been published in IJAL UPI journal, and one other is in an article publishing process in Scopus-indexed TESOL Australia. REAL has derived the funding from UTU skim and in kind funding from CfBT Brunei. This is great for supporting UPI’s performance in ASEAN countries.

CfBT is a nonprofit institution concerning in the improvement of English language teaching around the world. The institution name is now converting to be “Education Development Trust”. Dr. Greg Keaney whose office is in Bandar Sri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam is the head for Pacific Asia region.

Meanwhile still in the same occasion, Rector of UPI Prof. Furqon expressed his pleased impression to support REAL Research Monograph launching. “This monograph was arranged by hardworking, careful consideration and professional sacrifice of the team of all the researchers.” he said.

“University (UPI, red.) will keep encouraging the faculties to publish (their research articles) jointly. I really appreciate this launching. Hopefully, other faculties can do the same thing. This is an activity that we support; the UPI faculties collaborate with many institutions of diverse countries to jointly improve the quality of the teachers, of the educators, and else.” Prof. Furqon added, “Indeed, the good research will end up on an application, not only on a form of report. Thus, we encourage the faculties to conduct many more excellent researches. We attempt to give the support at capacity, especially in the policy and funding affairs by the rules.”

The articles within REAL Research Monograph are divided into three topics. First is English Language Teaching in ASEAN: an account of problems and prospects. This topic elucidates the teaching of English language in ASEAN in. Since English is the international language of ASEAN, English become the second language in ASEAN country. In the methods of distributing questionnaire and interviewing, this research discovers that teaching English in ASEAN is a special challenge.

Second is Teaching English in ASEAN: the voices of English teachers in ASEAN nations. This topic clarifies how the teachers comprehend the position of English language in ASEAN. Focusing on how the teachers can be built into professionals. Besides, it questions since English language is a national identity, would it destruct the local language?

Third is Colleagueship and Professionalism in Inter-institutional Cooperation: International collaboration in research. This topic focuses on self-reflection on how to join in a joint research and collaboration with other researchers from different institution and different countries.

Translated from:
By Nadya Mufida Ulfa

Finland University has proposed Teacher Education Review Project Collaboration with UPI

Bandung, UPI

Rector of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesisa (UPI) Prof. Furqon has hosted three deputations of Finland University (FinUni) on Monday (6/2) at Ruang Rapat Tengah (center meeting room) on the 2nd floor of Isola building. Attended by two vice chancellors as well, Prof. Asep Kadarohman (vice chancellor of academic and students affairs) and Prof. Didi Sukyadi (vice chancellor of research, partnerships, and enterprise affairs), this meeting is conducted in regard with preliminary appointment of Teacher Education Review project with all Lembaga Perguruan Tinggi Keguruan/ LPTK (institutions of higher education of teaching) in Indonesia.

The Executive Vice President of FinUni Pasi Kaskinen said that teacher education review will be a part of the revitalization of national education. The report will sum up the findings and recommendation of how revitalization process can be implemented in Indonesia.

Attended by the Head of Office of International Education and Relations (OIER) UPI, Dr. Vanessa Gaffar, this preliminary meeting covered the explanation of the modules of reviewing agenda that will be facilitated by UPI. This modules presentation is aimed to identify and report the development needs and background information and also required materials for reviewing agenda. Dr. Anna Alasuutari, staff of International Office of FinUni was present to arrange the plan and schedule affairs of FinUni.

“Module 1 is targeted to Teach and Teachers Initiative/ TTI (ex-IKIP) universities, focusing on Teacher Education. In one week, the agenda of module 1 is introducing Finland’s education system. In this agenda, the participants that consist of students and education professionals may observe how Finnish teachers are working in practice. This module covers lectures, discussions, workshop, and visits to Faculties of Education, LAB Schools or partner school, and also meeting with teacher education professionals and writing a report under the supervision of the Finnish experts.” said Dr. Minna Makihonko, the Senior Adviser of FinUni.

By agreement, in one day, two selected schools will be targeted for module 1 implementation. As mentioned in the proposal by FinUni, UPI is responsible in arranging the selection of the schools and the bureaucracy affairs in regards with program succession.

An optional workshop and study visit to Finland are also offered by FinUni as cited in module 2. The workshop will be planned as a discussion covering development plan, report writing, and keynote lectures for teacher education professionals (student and faculties of primary school education) in small groups. In the meeting, Kaskinen said that FinUni will open scholarship opportunities for UPI’s faculties and young researchers to continue their study in FinUni.

This Teacher Education Review program is initiated by Finland University. Finland University is an entity that consists of three universities: University of Tampere, University of Turku, and University of Eastern Finland.  FinUni is committed to have cooperation with Kementerian Pendidikan Indonesia (ministry of education of Indonesia) and partner universities in teacher and international education collaboration. By this collaboration, hopefully education development in Indonesia will be improved and better. (Nadya, OIER)

Little Footsteps have Brought Katumbiri to Sun Land

Reported by Ahmad Dahidi (The Preceptor of Katumbiri, Faculty of Japanese Education FPBS UPI)

IF two hearts have been united, the turmoil of feelings will penetrate the screen of time and space. That is the reality which happens in this life, especially to me since I “fell in love” to art and culture of Indonesia and Japan. Various programs had been initiated since 1990s, including ”Laras Rumingkang”, an art amity to Osaka in around 1992  and the performance of Japan art team in UPI and ASTI Bandung in 1993. Besides, another art amity was performed by UKM Katumbiri FPBS in Okinawa, Japan in 2015 (complete documentation at: YouTube). Summit Budaya (culture summit) was also organized in UPI in 2014, and it was attended by 26 country delegates. Later, UKM Katumbiri FPBS UPI will perform another art amities in Osaka and surroundings in this 2017.

UKM Katumbiri FPBS UPI was established in order to (1) facilitate, guide, and follow any linguistic and artistic activities up for the academicians in general, and any performance offers either from domestic or overseas institutions; (2) adopt and support the academicians’ flair in art and culture, so it can be ‘guided’ to a positive heading; (3) implement the discussions of art and culture for acknowledging the traditional, national, and international art and culture values; and (4) investigate and esteem any idea of the culture summit participants in regards with world peace raising through art and culture, which had been written in Deklarasi Bandung (Bandung declaration) 2014.

Meanwhile, the designs of the activities cover (1) creative periodical performances of FPBS academicians, once in a semester and in collaborations with the faculties who teach Apresiasi Bahasa dan Seni (ABS) course, that is a course of appreciation to language and art; (2) domestic and overseas art amities. Alhamdulillaah as a first step, Katumbiri had flied to Okinawa in November 2015; (3) art and culture discussions which are collaborative with any relevant campus or off-campus institutions; and (4) active participation in academic activity including UPI’s Dies Natalis and Student Graduation, specially.

This year, precisely on March 26 to April 3, Katumbiri will perform some art amities in Sun Land (Japan), especially in Osaka and surroundings. Certainly, these art amities are not purposed only for promoting Indonesia’s traditional art and culture, but also supported by a number of expectations and willpower. Those cover (1) conforming the invitation from Japan for introducing Indonesian art and culture more closely to Japan society; (2) implementing international culture missions; (3) attracting Japan society interest thus Indonesia and Japan can have more collaboration in art and culture fields; (4) maintaining and developing the traditional national art; (5) developing the interest and talents of UKM Katumbiri student members in art and culture fields; and (6) contributing in UPI’s international achievements proudness. These expectations are relevant with UPI’s Strategic Plans, notably in “Performance Policy 5: Imagery Improvement, Partnership, and Internationalization” program, and “Performance Policy 6: Development of Student Quality Improvement”.

The planned material that will be presented in Osaka covers Angklung orchestra, Topeng dance, Jaipongan dance, Merak (peacock) dance, Rampai Aceh or Saman dance, Cianjuran, and New Creation dance. We seek for blessings from all UPI academicians in general, and FPBS people in particular, that Katumbiri art team may be successful in this performance task, and can return to the homeland safely.

Translated from: Berita UPI
Nadya Mufida Ulfa

VISITING LECTURER: A Valuable academic experiences

A report of Dr. Heny Djoehaeni, S.Pd., M.Si/ a lecturer of Early Childhood Education Graduate School Study Program UPI

Having an opportunity to join Visiting Lecturer in National Dong Hwa University,Taiwan was an unforgettable experience. The program that was held as a follow up program of MoU signing between Early Childhood Education Graduate School study program UPI and Early Childhood Education Department The Hua-Shih College of Education National Dong Hwa University, gained full support from the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Asep Kadarohman, M.Pd.

The Visiting Lecturer was performed in a fairly short time; however, all planned activities could be done well. A research sharing activity with students master and lecturers was also very fun. They showed their enthusiasm while they were discussing. The differences of early childhood systems became an interesting discussion.

A School Visit activity that carried out in the Laboratory NDHU Kindergarten – one of the Public Kindergarten in Hualien city- enriched knowledge about Early Childhood Education in a country which covers almost the equivalent of West Java Province. The adequate facilities and good quality of human resources became the preliminary modality for optimal implementation of early childhood education. Besides, the teacher’s welfare is very concerned.

Library became the next target. Literature on Early Childhood Education that is very complete, it served sufficient materials in writing articles and improving the developing variety of learning material in the lecture. The writing article is done in collaboration with Dr. Alice Chen and Yeni Rachmawati – a doctorate student of UPI who is studying there. The support from Yeni Rachmawati for Visiting Lecturer program added more value.

The richer academic experiences are gained as the opportunity to attend a conference and a workshop in a community under the guidance in which Dr. Nancy Liem opened. A meeting attended by some Indonesian representatives who have been staying there for several years was an interesting thing. Likewise, the opportunity to attend a scientific meeting like Focus Group Discussion from a research involving three countries namely Taiwan, Finland, and Hong Kong was also a valuable experience.

Gaining so many academic experiences made this Visiting Lecturer Program seemed very short. The peaceful, orderly and comfortable atmosphere of the campus arose longing to come back here. The exchange students or the transfer knowledge that occurred has enriched knowledge and desires to constantly self-develop. Hopefully, this program could be continued by involving different lecturers and others institutions. Therefore, it could have a significant impact towards the quality of Study Program to support Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia in becoming one of the World Class Universities. (retrieved form:, translated by Rifa Rahmania, edited by Nadya Mufida Ulfa).


Energy and resources research team for curriculum development and mobile learning engine from UPI is warmly appreciated in Japan

Shizuoka, UPI

Shizuoka University issued academic and intellectual challenges to UPI research team, particularly in Curriculum and Mobile Learning Development in the field of Energy and Resources in Environmental Education subject during the presentation in front of some professors of IOWA University Fulbright graduates. We, Dr. Deni Darmawan and Dr. Asep Herry Hernawan under Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali, were already preparing for the interesting challenges. In fact, we have set up the research products as well as given the presentation on the research findings. The research was dedicated to make a significant contribution towards the renewal policy regarding the development of Curriculum and Mobile Learning Instructional Materials Development for elementary and junior high schools. This study was conducted in two cities, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia and Shizuoka City, Japan. This study was completed in two years and this year the final report is also fully completed.

On the challenging moment, UPI research team was given an opportunity to give presentations. As mapped in the research team, Dr. Asep Herry Hernawan, M.Pd., was responsible for presenting the materials on the development of Environmental Education curriculum and syllabus and Dr. Deni Darmawan, M.Sc., presented his research products in the form of development of Mobile Learning Model Learning Offline & Online and Website Mobile learning for Energy and Resources. The presentations have successfully attracted the attention of the Shizuoka University research team.

A series of research products shown to the Shizuoka University research team, led by Prof. Yoshisuke Kumano, Ph.D., and Prof. Keiko Ike Keida, PhD., Prof. Fuhimiko Sugano, Ph.D., in fact, impressed them. Through this exchange information and scholarly materials, they were provided with the new knowledge, especially regarding the analysis of the needs in the topics of the treatment, prevention and management systems and the cultural concerns towards environmental stability, particularly in urban areas. Some research products resulted in by UPI research team have been validated by Shizuoka University research team, such as (a) the curriculum syllabus of Environmental Education subject; (2) the teaching materials of Environmental Education development; (3) the Module Development of Offline and Online Mobile Learning teaching materials; (4) Learning CD containing Environmental Education materials; (5) Mobile Learning Website; (6) Article products for the International Journal Articles. Those aforementioned products are well appreciated by Prof. Kumano et al. As expected, those products will be then continuously studied and further developed. Therefore, the Indonesian teachers can use and apply those products in order to, if possible, serve the products as an international learning source publication.

The research products on Energy and Resources for the Environmental Education subject in elementary and junior high schools carried out in Bandung, have provided an inspiration to Prof. Kumano. These research products will be used as a source of discussion for the doctoral candidates at Shizuoka University. After presenting the research results, we were then invited to join with the representatives of doctoral candidates from Rwanda and Indonesia. During the event, we also shared experience in conducting and completing research in the field of Energy and Resources, especially dedicated to learning processes in the Environmental Education subject for elementary and junior high school students in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Also, we also shared on how the learning materials were organized in the form of mobile technology or Mobile Learning teaching materials. In addition, we have promoted an innovation by developing a number of mobile learning materials containing information on how students begin to learn different types of environmental vandalism and damage, solve the problems, manage the space and water environments and cultivate an awareness of environmental concerns to keep the stability in this world. We also shared the research map and results to all research team from Rwanda.

Facilitated by Prof. Kumano, we are also invited to share the research called STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics) developed by Prof. Kumano. Through the research results, Prof. Kumano has created an important paradigm in which the collaboration should be carried out in science developments in order to confront, overcome, and manage an attempt to solve unbalance issues in the world through applied sciences, including science, technology and mathematics. This paradigm can be identified early by students at home and at school. In this case, Prof. Kumano suggested that the research carried out by UPI research team, led by Prof. Mohammad Ali can be followed up by a more tangible product.

The carried out research involved elementary and secondary teachers. This involvement aimed at cultivating the value investments of environmental concerns. In the future, this initiation will be the trend of research in order to keep the world away from the destruction as expressed by Prof. Kumano. He further said that: “No sciences, except applied sciences which can be served as a means of continuing the existence of human civilization in this world”. In response to these thoughts, UPI research team explained that as the recent research report completed, they are prepared to continue the further research. To support the to-be-carried out research financially, the team have proposed for funding to LPDP, a funding agency under Ministry of Finance. This arrangement is expected to be realized so that the research based on a real innovation can continuously be executed by all members of UPI research team.

Based on the series of presentation presented at Shizuoka University, at least there is a number of best practices obtained during our visit. As one of the best institutions, Shizuoka University initiates numerous research and academic meetings. Therefore, the majority of professors are mostly responsible for developing and guiding the research conducted by magister and doctoral candidates in almost the effective days. In the same time, they also share the research results on an international forum.  In addition, in Shizuoka University, a lecturer is equipped with a large laboratory and a set of research tools. Therefore, a professor can produce a number of worldwide works. This academic policy should be adapted by professors, doctors and researchers from UPI. As a follow up of the presentation results and sharing in conducting research, the products of UPI research team covering, a curriculum of Environmental Education with special themes of the selection results during the research, module, website, and mobile learning will be registered as one of property patents UPI. Hopefully, as we return to Indonesia, the results of the presentation and sharing at Shizuoka University will be a valuable gift for UPI and all members of the research team in education. Finally we pray that may Allah SWT continue to provide us with opportunities to develop the positive values and benefits from the innovations based on research.

The original Source: Kabar UPI
Translated by Ade Abdul Munir

Early Childhood Education Study Program of School of Postgraduate Studies, UPI, has sent delegation attending visiting lecturer in Dong Hwa University

Bandung, UPI

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Study Program of School of Postgraduate Studies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) has delegated a representative to attend a Visiting Lecture at Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. This Visiting Lecture Program is a follow up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both ECE Study Program, School of PostgraduateStudies, UPI and Early Childhood Education Department Faculty of Science Education, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan on 27 November 2015.

As officially agreed by both institutions, this academic program was initially implemented in November to December 2016. The activities include the writing of international journal article, sharing of the results of research, class presentations, and visits to the several Early Childhood Institutions in Taiwan. In this year, ECE Studies Program has delegated Dr. Heny Djoehaeni, S.Pd., M.Si to attend the program.

Head of Early Childhood Education Study Program of School of Postgraduate, UPI, Vina Adriany, M.Ed., Ph.D., said: The implementation of this program aims at promoting the name of Early Childhood Education Study Program of School of Postgraduate and UPI in national or international levels. Furthermore, it is also expected that this program can initiate a process of knowledge transfer among the academic community in both study programs. Therefore, this visiting lecture program will have a huge impact on the process of strengthening academic performance and improving the quality of students.

Hopefully, this program can be regularly implemented and, as a result, it can make a significant impact on improving the quality of Early Childhood Education Studies Program of School of Postgraduate, which in turn can also support UPI as one of the World Class Universities. (DN)

Translated from
by Ade Abdul Munir