The framework of Mulawarman University as a “Center of Excellence for Tropical Studies”, it has missions as an institution of higher education which has to constantly reinvent itself to keep up with the changing demands of stakeholders. The important role of this IDB project is as an enabler for Mulawarman University to achieve as a Service Excellence on Center for Tropical Studies (SE-CTS) by developing five key sectors namely Campus Infrastructure (CI), Teaching and Learning (T&L), Research ®, on Campus Service (CS), and Public Services (PS). It is aimed that the systems and services can provide service to internal and external community University with adequate quality assurance; Mulawarman University can become a reference center in the study of the Tropical Rain Forests; and produce graduates that have sufficient competence to develop tropical forest and able to compete in obtaining a job in the national and global level.
With regard to the current condition, two prospective faculties are newly established with modest research and learning facilities, therefore it requires more attention to develop suitable environment in support to providing good exposure of teaching, learning, and research in the future. Faculty of Science is to support basic science for the whole university, therefore basic science laboratories in the theme of science learning park is proposed to be erected. The faculty of agriculture has a burden to provide qualified graduate to sustenance learning capacity in tropical agriculture, and this mission is in line with the Nawacita program, that is to increase national capacity in strengthening food self-sufficiency. To boost internationally qualified research, Mulawarman University strategically plans to establish integrated laboratory, providing better access for postgraduate students and academic staffs to develop fundamental and applied research, which in turn produce more publications.
The incremental progress for national competitiveness is achievable through six objectives contributed by the 4 in 1 project, namely: adapting curriculum to the national and regional standard, enhancing the quantity and quality of research and innovation activities, improving the qualification and competence of lecturer and supporting staff, improving the environment for teaching and learning, improving the research and innovation ecosystem, and strengthening education and research collaboration.
In particular, to Mulawarman University, the development projects are described as primary objective and long term objective. The primary objective is to develop Mulawarman University as a “Center of Excellence for Tropical Studies” as a realization of the main scientific pattern of Mulawarman University.
In the long term, this project aims to develop Mulawarman University in providing access, quality, relevance, and competitiveness of Higher Education in Indonesia especially in East Kalimantan Province. The systems and services are intended to provide excellent services to internal and external community with adequate quality assurance Furthermore, Mulawarman University is expecting to be a reference center for tropical studies and provide graduates with a sufficient competence and able to compete in obtaining job in the national and global level.
These objectives produce variety of output as a direct result of conducting this project. The outputs include new curriculum and educational innovation, research grant, number of PhD lecturers and certified staffs, newly erected building and establishment of complete research and teaching equipment, ICT system, a learning resource material. This will also contribute to the establishment of new laboratories, and procured books and journals. As parts of the soft program, this initiative is expected to establish research consortia, diploma supplement programs, and joint lectures.
The outcomes of the project are gained through activities in the umbrella program of research consortia and curricula development. These include increase of competent graduate, publications, increase the quality of teaching-learning, providing excellent services, increased student body academic atmosphere, IPR, and prototypes. In the light of the program, this will increase research collaboration and increase employability of the graduates.
Additionally, for Mulawarman University, the benefits received from this project will be:
1. Improvement in the teaching learning processes at the university to provide better quality of graduates.
2. Better revenues will be generated from university services such as Research Centre and Internet Services. Better revenues will be received because of the increase number of research activities conducted by university due to better research facilities. This benefit is calculated from the expected incremental of other incomes that will be generated from university services due to a better quality and this is the primary benefit of the project.
3. The increasing number of research and training program contracts between the university and other institutions (government and private institutions) due to the improvement of the facilities and better qualification of the teaching staff.