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DOUBLE MASTER DEGREE DD-ILM

Gelar :
- Magister Sains (M.Si.) - at Graduate School of Sriwijaya University (UNSRI)
- Master of Science (M.Sc) - at Graduate School of Mie University (MU), Japan

Ketua Program Studi :
Prof. Dr. Ir. Robiyanto Susanto, M.Agr.Sc.

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ON INTEGRATED FOOD PRODUCTION and MANAGEMENT PLANNING (DD-IFP)


BACKGROUND

 

UNICEF (1994) reported that the questions of how much food the world grows and how that food is distributed have rightly remained at the centre of international debate and concern. For most of that time, the main emphasis has been on access to food and on distribution, rather than on supply. We believe that emphasis was correct. It directed discussion to questions of food entitlement, household and individual food security and matters related to the quality and safety of food for human consumption. These concerns have been prominent in international statements, most recently the International Conference on Nutrition in 1992. International policy commitments have in turn been associated with modest increases in resource flows to nutrition and related fields, not just to save lives in famines, but also to help achieve food and nutrition goals in the longer term.

Most recently, an alternative set of concerns has re-emerged, which has begun to direct attention back to food supply. Rising population, increasing urbanization, doubts about the sustainability of intensive farming and irrigation systems and an apparent slow-down in the rate of increase of yields of the major food staples, are factors which have led some observers to argue for a higher priority to be given to agricultural research and to investments designed to increase agricultural productivity and production.

Our continuing concern about undernutrition and household food security leads us to conclude that agricultural research and investment will have their greatest impact on reducing hunger if they are planned specifically to take account of the changing geographical and socio-economic characteristics of hunger in the world, and of poor people’s perceptions of their malnutrition-related problems.

University of Sriwijaya (UNSRI), which has been recently announced as one of 10 top universities in Indonesia, has focused its program to be a research university in 2020. Mie University (MU) is one of state universities in Japan. Statistics released by The Times Higher Education (THES) in 2006 showed that MU ranked 250 in world universities and now is 15 top universities in Japan. Therefore, in response to the food supply and distribution problem at global, regional, and local scales, the two universities, UNSRI and MU, have agreed to establish a joint academic program on Double Master Degree on Integrated Food Production and Management Planning (DD-IFP).

The establishment of the DD-IFP collaboratively by UNSRI and MU refers to three basic needs, i.e. professional need, institutional need, and academic need. Judging from viewpoint of professional need, the establishment of the DD-IFD is projected to contribute significantly to the availability of professional human resources having strong background knowledge on food production and management. Institutionally, both UNSRI and MU have scientific and social responsibility in scientific innovation and development, as well as in assisting community including government. It is expected that UNSRI and MU are involved and actively participating in the development process in Indonesia and Japan. Furthermore, the DD-IFP academically is a means of UNSRI and MU to be recognized at global scale. This is in line with recent achievement gained by UNSRI as one of the 10 top universities in Indonesia and by MU as one of the 15 top universities in Japan and with long-term goal of UNSRI and MU to be world-class university.

 

Structure of the Program

The DD-IFP offers a 24-month double degree of Master of Science (Magister Sains, M.Si.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) to be completed at UNSRI in predominantly the first year and at MU predominantly in the second year. The proposed DD-IFP Program will start in April 2009. Prior to the implementation of the programs, a selection procedure has been developed in reference to the standard of Department of National Education and BAPPENAS of Indonesia, including administrative and academic screening, a Academic Potential Test (TPA), a TOEFL test and additional training in English (required for those with TOEFL score below 550). The academic screening will be jointly carried out by UNSRI and MU.

A student must fulfill minimum requirement of credits to be eligible to hold a master degree both in Indonesia and Japan. According to educational system of Indonesia, a student at UNSRI must collect at least 36 credits upon completion of the program. The 36 credits consist of 30 credits on Lectures and Seminar and 6 credits on Thesis and Thesis Defense. Accordingly, a student enrolling a master program at MU must collect 30 credits, consisting of 20 credits on lectures and seminars, 10 credits on Special Research and Thesis Defense. Therefore, the curriculum of the DD-IFP Program has been designed in such a way that fulfills all requirements applied both in Indonesia (UNSRI) and in Japan (MU). Table 1 lists courses offered during two years of the DD-IFP.

Table 1. Courses for the DD-IFP

Semester Code Course Credits
AT UNSRI      
I IFM 511 Applied Research Methodology 3(3-0)
  IFM 512 Food Production System 3(3-0)
  IFM 513 Resource Management for Food Production 2(2-0)
  IFM 514 Food Security System 2 (2-0)
  IFM 515 Food Situation Analysis 2(2-0)
       
II IFM 521 Economy of Food 2(2-0)
  IFM 522 Food Quality and Safety Management 3(3-0)
  IFM 523 Harvest and Post-harvest Management 3(3-0)
  IFM 524 Food Processing 3(3-0)
       
III IFM 531 Food Supply System 2(2-0)
  IFM 532 Food Regulation and Legislation 2(2-0)
  XXXX Special Research 4(0-4)
       
AT MU      
IV XXXX Advanced Lecture A 2(2-0)
  XXXX Advanced Lecture B 2(2-0)
  XXXX Seminar B 2(2-0)
  XXXX Advanced Lecture D 2(2-0)
  XXXX Seminar G 2(2-0)
       
V XXXX Thesis (Special Research at MU) 6(0-6)
       

TOTAL KREDITS

47

 

The first year of the program will be divided into 3 (three) consecutive terms. Each term will consist of 4 months. While the second year will follow the system applied at MU, namely two semesters, each of which is 6 months. Courses offered in THE FIRST AND SECOND SEMESTER OF THE FIRST YEAR AT UNSRI will be taught by proficient faculty members of UNSRI. Two courses offered in the third semester of the first year at UNSRI (FOOD SUPPLY SYSTEM AND FOOD REGULATION AND LEGISLATION) will be also taught by proficient faculty members of UNSRI, while Special Research will be handled by proficient faculty members of MU COMING TO UNSRI. Then during THE FIRST THREE SEMESTERS OF THE DD-IFP, a student will collect 31 credits. Out of the 31 credits, 27 credits are taught by proficient faculty members of UNSRI, and the rest 4 credits are given by proficient faculty members of MU coming to UNSRI. Out of the 27 credits taught by the faculty members of UNSRI, 10 credits TRANSFERABLE TO MU Educational System AND RECOGNIZED AS PART OF CREDITS BY THE MU SYSTEM. Therefore, a student still needs to collect another 20 credits while enrolling the SECOND YEAR OF THE DD-IFP at MU. Out of the 20 credits, 4 credits on the Special Research Topic have been collected in the third semester of the first year at UNSRI as described earlier. Therefore, a student has to collect another 16 credits including thesis while enrolling as a Master Student of MU in the second year of the DD-IFP. The 16 credits at MU consist of 10 CREDITS OF ADVANCED LECTURES AND SEMINARS (5 advanced lectures and seminars, each of which consists of 2 credits). The 10 credits collected by a student during the second year of the DD-IFP at MU are TRANSFERABLE TO UNSRI Educational System AND RECOGNIZED AS PART OF CREDITS BY THE UNSRI SYSTEM. Additionally, a student must also finish another 6 CREDITS OF THESIS (SPECIAL RESEARCH) while the student is registered as a student at MU. Eventually, a student must collect at least 47 credits to finish the DD-IFP. Figure 1 illustrates the DD-IFP system both at UNSRI and at MU.

 

Students successfully fulfill all requirements specified by UNSRI and MU will be awarded an M.Si. Degree by UNSRI and an M.Sc. Degree by MU on the Integrated Food Production and Management Planning. UNSRI and MU will issue one certificate, giving the graduates all the rights and privileges pertaining to the degree.