The Doctoral Program (S3) of Agricultural Sciences, University of Medan Area (UMA) was officially launched at JW Marriot Hotel Medan, Thursday (12/03/2020). The Doctoral Program of UMA which is managed by Haji Agus Salim Educational Foundation is expected to increase human resources (HR) in agriculture field in North Sumatra.
Beside the statement above, Deputy Governor of North Sumatra, Musa Rajekshah, after the launch of the Doctoral Program of Agricultural Sciences, also said. “I hope that later it will produce excellent human resources for the future since agriculture is the largest sector in North Sumatra, so it is expected to be able to train farmers in our area about new things to increase agricultural production,” said the man who is known as Ijeck.
He also hopes that the Doctoral Program of Agricultural Sciences of UMA will also be beneficial in the future to be able to provide knowledge on how to market agriculture to farmers in North Sumatra. “In order for a good product, the superior product can be coupled with the stable market price and hopefully North Sumatra can export their agricultural products in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, the head of Haji Agus Salim Educational Foundation, Drs. HM Erwin Siregar MBA said that the Doctoral Program of Agricultural Sciences of UMA was opened as the request and suggestion of public, especially providing experts who have competencies, especially in the doctoral program of agricultural field, and we are really honored to be able to fulfill their hopes.
“The government notices that UMA has very good achievements, especially in accreditation field in which most of the study programs of UMA has got predicate ‘A” from national accreditation agency for higher education and so has the library. Moreover UMA was also awarded as the 17th most sustainable university in Indonesia from UI GreenMetric World University Rankings and got the second position in North Sumatera
It was stated that UMA is currently preparing the teaching staff who are doing their further studies. “There are about 46 lecturers that we send to universities both in and outside Indonesia. UMA has implemented a digitalization (paperless) learning system and also establishes partnership with universities both in and outside Indonesia,” he explained.
While the rector of UMA, Prof. Dr. Dadan Ramdan. M.Eng, MSc added that the Doctoral Program of Agricultural Sciences of UMA is ready to carry out the doctoral program and ensure it runs according to the right rules and standards such as the classrooms, laboratory, and six permanent lecturers and two additional lecturers. “The teaching staff consists of 8 professors, and 18 doctors who are in accordance with the rules and standards specified,” he said.
“We also carry out partnership with the Government of North Sumatra Province, certainly in the collaboration of research topics preparation, or research in international journals that can be patented. In addition, there are also new innovations or findings that can be used within the government environment,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Head of Higher Education Service Institute of Region I North Sumatera (LLDikti), Prof. Dian Armanto MPd MA MSc PhD, hopes that the Doctoral Program of Agricultural Sciences of UMA can produce high qualified teaching staff, farmer trainers, entrepreneurs, leaders and researchers.
“We hope for the new ones, certainly in writing new research, new innovation, and new product. It hopefully can support our economic field in national development in North Sumatra. We need a lot of human resources to support this program. “Quality must be maintained. Why? Because managing the doctoral program has a lot of efforts, mainly in producing people who will be the prospective leaders in the future that encourage better development,” he said.