The Office of International Affairs and Partnerships (OIAP), Yogyakarta State University, has just undertaken Monitoring and Evaluation on English-version faculty websites by Unit of International Affairs and Partnerships (UIAP) on Tuesday (10/12/2015). Housed in Main Meeting Room, YSU Rectorate, attending the agenda were public relations staff and UIAP staff at the faculty level as well as IRCS (Institute of Research and Community Service) and IEDQA (Institute of Educational Development and Quality Assurance) staff.

The Vice Rector YSU for Cooperation and Development, Prof. Suwarsih Madya, Ph.D delivered the opening speech. Shortly after the speech, Head of OIAP, Dr.Ing Satoto Endar Nayono, M.Eng., M.Sc, led the sharing and discussion session. He asserted while some English-version faculty websites already meet the requirements, the rest are still far from expected.

Numerous obstacles were indicated in managing English-version website, namely several tight and intense programs held in the same time that are unable to cope by either UIAP or Public Relations staff.

Haryo, Public Relations staff at Faculty of Engineering, YSU revealed his opinion “Decree of the Rector for English website administrator is not yet available, and most Public Relations and UIAP staff still consider managing website is solely a side job, not the main one”.

Another obstacle which became the highlight in the agenda was the absence of competent translator who could translate news from Indonesian to English.

While having discussion session, OIAP also disseminated some questionaires for each web administrator. “We have a big expectation that this questionaire could identify obstacles faced by public relations staff, thus we could search for the solution”, says Aji Abdussalim, S.Pd , staff of Domestic Affairs and Partnerships. (Wulan)

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