Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development (CHERD) held National Coordination Meeting for Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) on Financial Affairs, Asset, and Human Resources located in Prime Plaza Hotel, Sanur Bali, Tuesday-Thursday (02-04/08).
By raising the theme “The Policy in Finance, Asset, and Human Resource Management for Excellent, Competitive, and Progressive Institutions”, the meeting is followed by 300 participants from all MHEIs in Indonesia. The national meeting in the end of period of CHERD is held as the collaboration of three institutions, including Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar (Unismuh Makassar), Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember (UM Jember), and ITBM Bali.
As a host, Prof. Dr. H. Ambo Asse, M.Ag., the Rector of Unismuh Makassar mentioned that Financial Affairs becomes the main support of Higher Education Institutions. A good financial system could improve financial management in MHEIs, especially the new and developing MHEIs. “The current national meeting is expected to produce policies in supporting and raising the MHEIs’ spirit to develop Muhammadiyah organization,” he said, in front of the Daily Advisory Boards, Institutional leaders, Rectors, Directors, Chairman, and the Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, Asset, and Human Resource.
In establishing higher education institutions, the capability to manage Financial Affairs, Assets, and Human resources become an important ability to possess according to Prof. Lincolin Arsyad, M.Sc., Ph.D. In his remarks, the Chairman of CHERD mentioned that the leaders’ lack of ability to manage three essential aspects could ruin the institutional development. He expected that the Meeting on Financial Affairs could produce inputs in MHEIs’ progression and survival, and assist the developing MHEIs. “The asset and financial management should be conducted effectively and efficiently. The MHEI leaders should expand the other source of income by business unit development, so the campus does not depend merely on student tuition fees,” he said.
In his remarks, the Vice Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati stated that the National Meeting is good momentum for MHEIs and Bali tourism improvement. “I also expect that MHEIs can produce a good program, exchange thoughts, and improve MHEIs’ quality,” he said.
To conclude, Prof Dr. H Dadang Kahmad, M.Si, Muhammadiyah Central Board delivered his remarks. According to Prof Dadang, the collaboration among MHEIs and the institutional improvement of MHEIs should be highlighted. He also mentioned 7 essential agendas in coordination meetings, first, human resource development is closely related to academic and managerial competencies. Second, an attempt to manage and update the data and create legal enforcement of Muhammadiyah assets. The third is the development model of the financial management information system. Fourth is financial efficiency improvement. Fifth is audit accountability development. Sixth is the sharpening of financial allocation based on Muhammadiyah’s vision and mission. Lastly, the increase in funding from students.