The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was launched in 2015. AEC provides ample opportunity for the citizens of Southeast Asia’s nations to work and trade in a free market. As part of ASEAN, Indonesia needs to prepare for this free competition era by equipping its human resources to compete with overseas workers for jobs, both locally and abroad. The university, in this case, plays an important role in helping to produce good quality human resources.
The Faculty of Psychology, Islamic State University Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau (UIN Suska Riau), aspires to improve its curriculum to produce distinctive graduates in a standardized manner. However, to face AEC challenges, students not only need to be competent as psychology scientists, but they also need to have the capability to communicate in an international language such as English.
In consistency with UIN Suska Riau’s vision to be a world class university, in the academic year of 2016/2017 the Faculty of Psychology UIN Suska Riau introduced a Bilingual Class for new students. This class covers the same materials as a regular class, but some of the subjects will be taught fully in English, including subject references, assignments and tasks, and evaluations. This class is one of the first steps towards the establishment of an international class of the Faculty of Psychology in the near future. Students who graduate from this Bilingual Class will be sufficiently competitive at an international level and will better positioned to contribute to the global community.