The Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) held the 7th Progressive and Fun Education (the 7th ProfunEdu) International Conference in UNAMIN Sorong, Thursday (08/09). The annual conference was initiated by the Association of Educational Institutions of Muhammadiyah – ‘Aisyiyah Higher Education Institutions (ALPTK-PTMA). This year, the 7th ProfunEdu raised the theme “The Role of Educational Researchers in Facing VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) in Post-Covid-19 era. The program aimed to disseminate the latest education research, especially on facing challenges in VUCA.
The host, the Rector of UNAMIN Sorong, Dr. Muhammad Ali warmly welcomed all participants. Afterward, the international conference was opened by Muhammad Sayuti, Ph.D., the Secretary of Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development (CHERD). Prof. Dr. Harun Joko Prayitno, the Vice-Rector I UMS as the Chairman of ALPTK-PTMA became a Conference Chair of this 7th ProfunEdu. He reported the conference was followed by 166 researchers from 76 institutions. The selected articles would be published in reputable Scopus-indexed international proceedings, Scopus-indexed international journals, and National accredited journals in SINTA.
The International Seminar also invited 7 world-class speakers from 5 different countries, including Prof. Amra Sabic-El-Reyes, Ph.D. (Columbia University, USA), Prof. Dr. Ratu Ilma Indra Putri (Universitas Sriwijaya, Indonesia), Prof. Dr. Chan Yuen Fook (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia), Prof. Dr. Zakiyuddin Baidhawy (UIN Salatiga, Indonesia), Dr. Jenny Buckworth (Charles Darwin University, Australia), Dr. Parmin (Universitas Negeri Semarang, Indonesia), and Dr. Gamal Abdul Nasir Zakaria (University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam). In short, the conference aimed to elevate the publication performances of the lecturers and researchers from ALPTK-PTMA members.