UPH and MPK Establish Partnership to Support Education Transformation in 3T Regions.

As a higher education institution committed to comprehensive education development in Indonesia, Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) continues to build partnerships with various stakeholders. This commitment is demonstrated through initiatives such as participation in the National Church and Education Conference 2023 (Konferensi Nasional Gereja dan Pendidikan 2023), organized by the Council of Christian Education (Majelis Pendidikan Kristen/MPK) and the Indonesian Church Association (Persatuan Gereja-Gereja di Indonesia/PGI) on July 25-26, 2023, in Jakarta. 

During the event held at Penabur International School on July 26, 2023, UPH and MPK signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the Transformation of Education and Christian Schools in Indonesia. The MoU was signed by UPH Rector Dr. (Hon.) Jonathan L. Parapak, M.Eng. Sc., and Chairman of MPK Handi Irawan, MBA, M.Com. 

Besides UPH, MPK also entered into collaboration agreements with 28 Christian institutions, including universities, theological seminaries (Sekolah Tinggi Teologi/STT), Christian foundations, and businesses, on the same occasion. This collaboration aims to increase the number of Christian teacher graduates and enhance the quality of Christian schools in the least developed regions (daerah 3T – Terpuruk, Tertinggal, dan Terlupakan). 

In addition to the MoU signing, MPK also formed a 3T Task Force and appointed UPH’s Rector as an Advisor. Through this 3T Task Force, UPH, along with Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan (YPPH), will play a role in improving the quality of education in Christian schools in the eastern part of Indonesia. 

Expressing appreciation for this partnership, UPH Rector stated, “We are grateful for this collaboration because from the beginning, we have been committed to improving the quality of education in schools in the eastern part of Indonesia. YPPH itself has established many schools in the 3T regions. We are ready to contribute through the Teachers College in the Faculty of Education at UPH, which has a proven track record of producing quality Christian teachers ready to serve the nation.” 

Representing MPK, Handi emphasized that the collaboration between MPK and Christian universities and seminaries aims to encourage more graduates to become teachers and contribute to Christian education in Indonesia. 

“We hope that Christian universities and seminaries can provide training to Christian teachers in Indonesia. High-quality teachers play a crucial role in improving school quality. Therefore, MPK will collaborate with Christian school foundations in the eastern part of Indonesia as facilitators. We are grateful that UPH will be responsible for the eastern part of Indonesia, and we believe this will bring optimal results,” said Handi Irawan. 

With a spirit of cooperation and strong determination, this partnership represents a forward step with bright prospects for education in Indonesia. UPH is committed to bringing transformation to address the educational quality gap in Christian schools in Indonesia. With this commitment, UPH hopes to improve the quality of education in the country. 

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