Method of Education Delivery
Modular Content with Problem-based Learning
Since 2010, BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL (BUI) has used Constructive Alignment to design teaching and learning at the level of curriculum and course. BUI implements modular content with problem-based learning (PBL) to speed up the process of student-centered learning. The modular content refers to a collection of learning resources developed as a single learning object.
BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL has developed 3+1 curriculum system which refers to a three-year on-campus program at Bina Nusantara University and 1 year off-campus enrichment program (i.e. internships, research, entrepreneurship, community development, and study abroad). The main idea of this program is to reduce the gap between university and industry/society, and to achieve one of our quality objectives to have at least two out of three graduates become an entrepreneur or working at a global organization within six months of graduation.
To develop the quality of students to an international standard and to educate students in the language of international academia and global business, BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL uses English as the medium of communication, instruction, and assessment. Textbooks, class delivery, discussions, student presentations, quizzes, and all other forms of assessments including reports and theses are all in English.
To be accepted as a student of BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL, a potential student has to have a TOEFL score of at least 550 and a TWE score of at least 4.0 or their equivalents. If their TOEFL and/or TWE scores are below the requirement, students have to take a pre-sessional English course (Pre-University English) of 150 hours. BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL organizes these pre-sessional English classes especially to enhance the students’ ability to deal with an international academic English environment. Students still having difficulty with English on entry are given further help by being enrolled in a Pre-Academic English course which prepares them for late entry to Academic English I from semester 2.
Since BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL students study in an English only medium of instruction environment, the current policy of some of our partners is that our students can be accepted without having to go through an international English language test such as IELTS that would normally determine a student’s acceptance by a partner university.
Semester Credit Unit (SCU)
The Semester Credit Unit (SCU) system is a way of organizing higher education programs in order to explain their academic weight. The semester is a unit of time that describes the duration of courses in an academic year. The SCU system offers some degree of flexibility for students to design their pace of study. Some benefits of SCU system are:
- Give credibility to students who are clever and diligent, and who can complete their studies within a shorter than normal minimum duration.
- Give an opportunity to students to choose courses according to the interest, talent and capacity of the individual.
- Create possibilities within the education system for plural input and output.
- Facilitate the adaptation of curricula to the rapid development of knowledge and technology.
- Enable the evaluation system of the higher learning of the students to be conducted optimally.
In the credit system, each course has a weight, that is to say, a credit value. The number of credit values for specific courses may differ. It is determined by the effort to finish the tasks presented in lecture programs, job training, practical work, and other tasks.
In the semester system, each course is completed in one semester that runs for 13 weeks. In addition to quantitative grading, the semester credit system allows that the completion of a study course means it can be valued in a quantitative manner, by giving a weight to the relevant course. The weight of each course is measured in credit units.
One credit is made up of a weekly commitment of:
- An academic hour of scheduled face-to-face learning in the classroom with academic staff. This is defined as 50 minutes in BI.
- An academic hour of structured academic activity, which has been scheduled and planned by academic staff (lecturers) e.g.: review session or seminar.
- An academic hour of independent academic activity such as reading, summarizing, working on papers etc.
Students can graduate if they have achieved, among others, a minimum of 146 SCU.
Collaborative Learning with Innopeda Curriculum
BINUS UNIVERSITY lNTERNATIONAL is committed to developing the students’ skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. A new learning environment implemented in a curriculum called Innopeda (Innovation Pedagogy) has been specially designed to facilitate the development of these skills. It fosters collaborative learning experience well suited to the needs and characteristic of Gen-Y students. Teamwork skills, innovative idea generation, viable business solutions and business startups are all intended learning outcomes aiming to nurture new entrepreneurs at BINUS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL.
The Innopeda curriculum is centered upon the hatchery courses, which enable students to hatch their innovative ideas into business solutions and startup. Project Hatchery, Design Driven Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation, and Sustainable Startup Creation are courses designed specifically with design thinking, customer development and lean startup methodology in a multi-discipline environment to stimulate and cultivate entrepreneurial skills.
To support this collaborative and entrepreneurial learning environment, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIDER)* was established which serves as a focal link between your entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurial career. It develops the core competencies in innovation and entrepreneurship, identifies innovative products or services that have been developed by students, and assists them in commercializing those products and services. It also promotes entrepreneurial thinking and attitude among students by actively involving the students in entrepreneurship projects and providing outlets to exhibit them. The Innopeda curriculum and CIDER immerses students with an end-to-end experiential journey.
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