Terbuka University

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Terbuka University
Universitas Terbuka
Terbuka University symbol
Established 1984
Type State
Rector Prof. Ir. Tian Belawati, M.Ed., Ph.D
Students 640,000
Location Jakarta, Indonesia
Campus Urban
Website http://www.ut.ac.id

Open University (UT) is a state university, the 45th in Indonesia, inaugurated on September 4, 1984. UT has more than 100,000 students, throughout Indonesia. According to a distance education institution in the UK, UT, including one from "The Top Ten Mega Universities" UT-3 ranks after similar universities in China and Turkey.

Philosophy and course work[edit]

For Indonesia, UT is an education breakthrough, because its presence has made it possible to accommodate all high school and vocational school graduates, regardless of age or location. The cost is cheaper than the conventional universities. No lecture hall is needed. The course material is sent by mail or the Internet. And for the activity test, tutorial, or discussion group, any place can be used.

UT's learning is remote and open. The term "remote" means learning not conducted face to face, but using the media, print media (module) and non-print (audio/video, computer/internet, radio and television broadcasts). The meaning of "open" is no age restriction, year diploma, apprenticeship, during registration, how many times students can take exams, and so forth.

UT students study independently. Self-study can be done individually or in groups, either in study or in tutorial groups. In addition to using teaching materials provided at UT, students can take the initiative to use the library, following a radio broadcast, follow the tutorial and using other learning resources such as computer-aided learning materials and program audio/video. If experiencing difficulties in learning, students can request information or ask for help in person, by telephone, e-mail, fax, or by mail.

As with other higher education, UT has implemented a semester credit system (SKS) to establish study load per semester. One semester is a unit of time and learning activities for about 15 weeks. Student study load expressed in units of SKS. To reach one credit, students are expected to learn the course material for three hours per week. Special to UT, one SKS synchronized with the three modules of teaching materials, while to study one module with 80 percent mastery it takes approximately 15 hours per semester.

In providing education, UT work with all public universities in Indonesia. UT's services unit is called the Distance Learning Program Unit (UPBJJ). Public universities act as advisers for UPBJJ and assist in the writing of teaching materials, tutorials, lab, and exams.

To provide optimal education services to students who are spread all over the country and abroad, UT collaborates with agencies such as the PT Pos Indonesia, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI), Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), Local Government Radio Broadcast, Radio Broadcast Private Commerce, Regional Office/Department of Education, Education Attache Embassy of Indonesia, National Library, and local libraries.

Open University is working with agencies that want to improve the quality of its employees: government agencies, state enterprises, or private. They can follow the program in the UT or order a new study program to suit the needs of the office. UT has been to get the trust of the government to improve the quality of primary school teachers through the Equalization Program D2 Elementary School Teacher. In addition, UT has won the trust to improve the quality of human resources from the military, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), PT Bank BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia), Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara, Ministry of Agriculture, Setwapres, and several other agencies.

Presentation of teaching materials:

  • Print materials: book material (BMP), books material supplements, practice and practical handbook, as well as other references.
  • Non-print materials: audio tapes, videotapes, radio and television broadcasts, computer-assisted teaching materials on diskette or CD.
  • Print materials and non-print: Audiografis

Students can choose the kind of tutorial in accordance with the interests or abilities. Type of tutorials that can be followed by students is as follows:

  • Face-to-face tutorial
  • Tutorial by letter: Students can send questions about lecture material to the head of study program.
  • Tutorial by radio, television and mass media: Students can follow the tutorial through the National Programmes/RRI wave radio. Tutorial on the radio is held five times a week. While the tutorial through TVRI can be listened to students on certain days. In addition, some local mass media provides tutorials for students of UT.
  • Tutorial via the Internet

Some courses offered by UT is a practice or practicum courses. The practice or practicum conducted under the guidance of instructors. Implementation of practice or practicum can be done by the students individually or in groups using a kit or laboratory facilities in the area.

UT student learning outcome evaluation is conducted in the form of Independent Tasks, the tasks of the Special Design Front Face Tutorial, Practice or Practical Exam, Oral Exam, Final Exam Semester (UAS), and the Comprehensive Written Exam (UKT).

UT has two categories: the education program and regular program of non-regular program. The regular program can be followed by the general public. The non-regular program is administered programs in particular. At this time courses that are included in non-regular program is the Teacher Education Program Equalization D2 SD (PGSD) and S1-PGSD Program; the other courses included in the regular program.

Long period of study or study at UT depends on the ability to learn and study time each student. For example, to complete the program the State Administration of S1 students must take a number of courses that have been determined by the overall study load of 144 credits. If any registration period students are able to take 15 credits, then the concerned to complete their studies within 10 days of registration or about 5 years.

Academic leave is one of convenience given to students who for any reason cannot complete the lecture. Students can take academic leave for four consecutive registration periods without having to report to UT. Before time runs out of academic leave, students must immediately register the course so student status is not lost.


  • Indonesian Language and Literature Education
  • English Language Education
  • Life Sciences Education
  • Physics Education
  • Chemical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Economic Education
  • Pancasila and Citizenship Education
  • Elementary School Teacher Education (PGSD)
  • Teacher Education Early Childhood Education (PGPAUD)
  • Administration
  • Trade Administration
  • Governmental Science
  • Science Communication
  • Sociology
  • English Literature Translation Field Interests
  • Economic Development
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Economic Development
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Agribusiness Sector Interest in Information and Communications Agriculture/Livestock/Fishery
  • Food Science and Technology

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