The Medan Area University (UMA) Agricultural Science Doctoral Program was officially launched at JW Marriot Hotel Medan, Thursday (12/3/2020). The Doctoral Program at UMA, which is managed by the Haji Agus Salim Education Foundation, is expected to improve human resources (HR) in agriculture in North Sumatra (North Sumatra).
This was among the hopes of the Deputy Governor of North Sumatra (Wagubsu), Musa Rajekshah, after the launch of the UMA Doctor of Agricultural Science Program. “In addition to having superior human resources, because North Sumatra is indeed the largest agricultural area, it is hoped that it can train farmers in our area about new things to increase agricultural production,” said the man who is nicknamed Ijeck.
Ijeck also hopes that the UMA Doctor of Agricultural Science Program will also be useful in the future to be able to provide knowledge on how to market agriculture to farmers in North Sumatra. “So that a good product, superior product can be accompanied by a stable market price and also acceptable and hopefully North Sumatra can export agricultural products in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Head of Haji Education Foundation Agus Salim UMA, Drs HM Erwin Siregar MBA said, the Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences was opened at the request of the community, especially providing experts who have competence, especially in the doctoral program in the agricultural sector, everything has been fulfilled.
“The government sees that UMA has very good achievements, especially accreditation averaging an A from an accreditation body. In addition, the library that received an assessment and finally UMA received the greend metrix award at the end of 2019 for the national level and number 2 for the North Sumatra level, “he said.
It was stated, UMA is currently preparing teaching staff who are currently carrying out further education. “There are about 46 lecturers that we study both at home and abroad. UMA has implemented a digitalized (paperless) learning system. UMA has also collaborated with universities both at home and abroad, “he explained.
Meanwhile, UMA Chancellor Prof. Dr. Dadan Ramdan MEng MSc added, the UMA Agricultural Science Doctoral Program is ready to carry out a doctoral program and ensure that it runs according to the correct rules and standards, of course the lecture hall, laboratory, and six permanent lecturers and two additional lecturers. “The teaching staff consists of 8 professors and 18 doctors who comply with the rules and standards set,” he said.