The Study Program of Japanese Literature (SPJL) is one of the best study programs in the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) which has been accredited with status A (excellent) by the National Accreditation Board (BAN-PT) and certified AUN-QA (ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance).
SPJL FCS UB, which is currently preparing for the AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance) International Accreditation, is a Japanese Study Program that dominates outstanding students through the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbukagakusho) scholarship selection program for Japanese Studies since 2006. 30-40% of Indonesian scholarship beneficiaries are from the SPJL FCS UB.
SPJL emphasizes Japanese language skills by strengthening the written and oral translation supported by native speakers. Those native speakers are graduates of well-known universities in Japan, including Hiroshima University, Kochi University, and Shizuoka University.
The lecturers of the SPJL FCS UB follow training programs in Japan for 1-6 months. The training programs included Short Term Teacher Training, Long Term Teacher Training, Capacity Building, the Japanese Teaching Methods Program, and the Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields held by the Japan Foundation.
The other good thing that can be seen from the SPJL FCS UB is the students’ achievements in academics. The Students of the SPJL FCS UB always excel in winning championships at the national level, such as in the Kanji Cup event, as well as the Japanese speech contests. Likewise, in the non-academic fields, they have won awards from Kendo, Yosakoi, Choir competitions, and so on.
The SPJL FCS UB also has a well-known student activity namely Isshouni Tanoshimimashou (IT). The other student activities are the Japan Cup, Manga Kurabu, Origami Kurabu, Shodo (Calligraphy) Kurabu, and Ryoukai (Cooking) Kurabu.
The Alumni Association stated that SPJL alumni have become the staff in 70-80% of Japanese companies in East Java (± 120 companies). They become the translators, secretaries, HRD, and others. Overall, 30% of the graduates work in Japanese companies, and 60% work according to their fields. These companies include Daisan Co Ltd, Osaka Japan; Muramatsu Kogyo KK Mubanchi, Kudatchi, Sashikiji, Oshi Oshima, Japan, Yamindo, Pandaan Indonesia, PT Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing, and many more. [DTS]