Sampoerna University in its collaboration with University of Arizona brings the U.S. Education to Indonesia with more flexible and affordable options. This enables students to earn two degrees from both universities by opting to stay for four years in Jakarta or transfer for the last two years of study in Arizona, the U.S.
On February 7, 2019 Director of Global Curriculum of University of Arizona, Gabriela Valdez, Ph.D. visited Sampoerna University to ensure all programs delivered here are of high quality and successful. As the director, she is in charge of all academic matters within the micronetwork campus and other international partners including Sampoerna University.
On top of that, Sampoerna University is the first international partner where University of Arizona offers Engineering major in its microcampus. This is thanks to the availability of cutting-edge laboratories at Sampoerna University.
“I’m here also to provide an in-person orientation for all the professors who are co-teaching the University of Arizona’s classes and to meet all of the students who are going to take the courses. I met with the deans, students, and professors to make sure that they are fully prepared in conducting the learning processes at Sampoerna University as our microcampus,” Valdez explained.
She is enthusiastic about the partnership between University of Arizona and Sampoerna University. “It’s one of our exciting partnerships, not only because we have compassionate people on the other side but also we know that Sampoerna University has strong people and strong faculty members. Everyone is very involved and responsive,” said Valdez, who previously worked for Eller College of Management for 5 years. One of her main goals is that students in the partner university must have equally good experience as students in the main campus in University of Arizona.
On the day before (6/2/ 2019), she met with around 150 Sampoerna University students – some of them are projected to enter University of Arizona program within the next semester and most of them are current students in University of Arizona program. In two separate sessions, Ms. Valdez introduced various online resources and supports that are accessible to all University of Arizona students in the U.S. and internationally; including those in Sampoerna University.
Most prospective students and parents feel skeptical whether programs offered in Jakarta can offer the same quality with that offered on the main campus of University of Arizona. “So far, some key representatives of the University of Arizona have visited Sampoerna University to check on various aspects of the program and to make sure that this new microcampus receives the proper supports to successfully run its program. It does show a big commitment of University of Arizona,” remarked Sampoerna University’s Student Parent Advisory Center (SPAC) Manager, Novi Kusumaningrum.
The next milestone to achieve is to keep on improving the delivery of quality information and education to students. “That way we are going to continuously deliver the best quality two-degree program partnership with Sampoerna University,” Valdez concluded. (*/)