Dr. Izak Morin, MA, the First Rector of the International University of Papua

A black suit paired with a red tie made the 65-year-old man look young. His eyes didn’t even look away as his left hand rested on the Bible. Two fingers of the right hand are raised.

He was accompanied by Pastor Baransano, Director of the Papua Research and Development Center PLI Dr. Willem Burung, and Secretary of the Papuan Education Maga Foundation, Hengky Seo. The man who was born in Biak seemed to carefully follow sentence by sentence uttered by the Chairman of the Papuan Education Maga Foundation, Yoob Ginia, SH. Dozens of people who attended witnessed Dr. Izak Morin was inaugurated by chairman of the foundation as a Rector of the International University of Papua in a Ballroom of the Hotel of Front One Budget, Abepura, Tuesday 15 March 2022.

He is the first rector to lead the Papua International University for a term of 2022-2026. After being sworn in, Morin said he would focus on developing the Tri Dharma of Higher Education globally. He conveyed that the development of the Tri Dharma of Higher Education would later be combined with local Papuan culture.

“So there is a combination of global and local, so that the quality of this university will be the same as universities that were already born,” he said.

Morin has a teacher education background. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the English Studies Program, Department of Language and Arts Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) Universitas Cenderawasih (Uncen) in 1986. He then attended the Graduate Diploma in TEFL Program at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Sydney University (Diploma on Teaching English as a Foreign Language [TEFL], Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney), 1988. Then continued at the same university for the Master of Arts (MA) Program in TESOL at Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts , Sydney University (Master of Arts on Teaching English as a Second Language – TESOL Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney) in 1990. He completed his PhD in the Department of Languages ​​and Linguistics, School of Humanties and Social Sciences, College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria-Australia in 2018.

From 1987 to 2021 Morin worked as a lecturer at the English Studies Program, Department of Language and Arts Education, FKIP Uncen. He teaches ‘Translating and Interpreting’, ‘Cross Cultural Understanding (CCU),” “English for Special Purposes (ESP),” “Sociolinguistics and Ethnolinguistics,” and “Bilingualism and Language Instruction.” For two years in 2019-2021 he taught English at the PG PAUD Study Program, FKIP and at the Public Administration Study Program (FISIP), and the Social Anthropology Study Program (FISIP).

Between 1990 and 2013, he taught English General Courses at several faculties at Cenderawasih University, namely the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP), the Faculty of Public Health (FKM), and the Physical Education, Health, and Recreation Study Program (Penjaskesrek) of Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP).

At the Papua Language Institute he served as a Deputy Academic Manager (Humanity and Social Studies). The focus of his occupation is designing, compiling, and implementing English, Indonesian, Russian, Tok Pisin teaching programs and cultural-based programs, such as Ethnography of Papua, and other matters related to language and society. At Cenderawasih University, the positions he held were a head of the English Study Program (1993-1996), head of the Department of Language and Arts Education (1997-2000), member of the Senate of the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (1993-2000), and head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Evaluation of Due-like Project Batch III Cenderawasih University (2003-2004).

Furthermore, as a part-time translator and interpreter at Border Liason Meetings (BLM) between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (2000-2007), part-time translator and interpreter at BP LNG Tangguh Papua (2004-2007). 2006), and Indonesian language instructor at the Indonesian Language Course held in Vanimo from 10 February – 10 April 2014 for government officials, private sector and journalists in Sandaun Province, PNG. A General Director of PLI Korinus Waimbo, M.Sc said that in the first two years UIP was taking care of accreditation.

 “UIP’s target is at least to have B accreditation,” he said. The challenges currently being dealt with, said Waimbo, are lecture facilities. So, for one year students will learn to use the facilities at Cenderawasih University while waiting for the UIP campus building process. “Next month we will start accepting students, at least studying in August. The time was very short, so we cooperated with Uncen in terms of utilizing laboratory facilities and others,” he said.

A Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Cenderawasih University, Dr. Ir. Jhon Jonatan Numberi, ST., M.Eng said he would participate in providing support for lecturers to teach at UIP. In addition, support for laboratory facilities can be used to study.

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