One of the ASPENSI’s journals, namely SOSIOHUMANIKA: Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan [journal of humanities and social sciences education], will joining publication with UMS-KAL (Labuan International Campus-Malaysia University of Sabah) for 3 years, starting from issue of November 2013 to issue of May 2016.
Director of UMS-KAL, Assoc Prof Dr Ismail Ali, said that actually this collaboration was re-building due to in 2008 to 2010, UMS in Kota Kinabalu was one of the founders of SOSIOHUMANIKA journal. In that time, UMS has collaborated with ASPENSI (Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education) and UPI (Indonesia University of Education) in Bandung.
“Unfortunately, due to Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin as Vice Chansellor of UMS moved his duty to Johor and in UPI Bandung has also substituted the Rector, so that joining publication of SOSIOHUMANIKA journal was over at 2010”, Ismail said on Friday, 19th April 2013.
According to Ismail, who also as Head of ASPENSI Expert Board, UMS-KAL is interested in to join publication with ASPENSI due to managing of SOSIOHUMANIKA journal is professional and independent. As we know that UMS-KAL has two schools, namely School of Informatics Science and School of Economic Business. Joining publication probably not only with SOSIOHUMANIKA journal, but also with EDUCARE: International Journal for Educational Studies. The later journal has also been joining publication between ASPENSI in Bandung with UMP (Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto) in Central Java, Indonesia.
“I think it is my obsession to realize the vision and mission of UMS-KAL as one of the higher education institutions par excellence not only in Malaysia and Southeast Asia regions but also around the world”, Ismail said and added that to be an international institution, the publication of academic journal is conditio sina qua non or necessity.
Meanwhile, Andi SUWIRTA as Chairperson of ASPENSI has really had glad as well as proud due to join publication planning. According to SUWIRTA, who also as Senior Lecturer at the Department of History Education UPI in Bandung, the jointly publication is needed by ASPENSI in order its academic journals will be accredited nationally as well as internationally.
“It is good news for ASPENSI and I think the collaboration is not only with UMS-KAL in managing the SOSIOHUMANIKA journal, but also hopefully with UBD (University of Brunei Darussalam) in managing the SUSURGALUR: Jurnal Kajian Sejarah & Pendidikan Sejarah [journal of history education and historical studies]”, SUWIRTA said.
Congratulation to ASPENSI, moving forward is better rather than moving backward. [MAS]