Presentation of Working Paper from the Prospective UPI Rector Candidates

The Rector Election Committee of UPI held a presentation of paperwork from the prospective candidates of UPI Rector for 2020-2025. The event held at Achmad Sanusi Building on Monday, 16 March 2020. The event was attended by representatives of student organizations, lecturers, educational staff, the academic senate, the professors’ council, the board of trustees, and the work units of UPI from the university level, Faculties, Regional Campuses, Departments, and Study Programs (16/03/2020).

Prof. Juju Masunah, M.Hum., Ph.D. stated that the presentation of prospective UPI Rector candidates 2020-2025 that joined by four candidates had passed the selection process by the committee. The four candidates are Prof. Dr. H. Bunyamin Maftuh, M.Pd., MA., Prof. Dr. H. Didi Sukyadi, MA, Prof. Dr. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd., MA., and Prof. Dr. H. R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si. Dr. R. Boyke Mulyana, M.Pd, as the Head of the Committee then stated that the presentation of paperwork from the prospective candidates was a series of the selection process for the election. After the paperwork was completed, the Academic Senate will elect the Rector followed by the Board of Trustees of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

These four prospective candidates for the UPI Rector 2020-2025 are the best lecturers at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. One of the prospective candidates will be elected as the Rector of UPI. Hopefully, the process of the presentation of paperwork will be done at ease. The presentation of the paperwork for the prospective candidates was led and moderated by Kodrat Wibowo, S.E., Ph.D. The moderator was a Commissioner of KPPU-RI 2018-2023. Before the presentation of the paperwork started, the moderator reminded the audience about the mechanism of presentation and QnA session during the event. The moderator then invited the prospective candidates sequentially to present their paperwork.

Prof. Dr. H. Bunyamin Maftuh, M.Pd., MA.  as one of the prospective candidates delivered his working paper first. He delivered his vision that is to build the future of UPI towards a World-Class University in the field of education. Bunyamin explained the history and development of UPI and UPI’s Long-Term Development Plan (No 07 / PER / MWA UPI / 2015). The presentation continued with a description of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of UPI in the future. He also discussed the opportunities owned by UPI including the status as PTN-BH, Established cooperation (MOU) with various institutions from within and outside the country, alumni in the education field and outside the education field, and the interest to become UPI students is very high. Bunyamin explained about strategies and programs towards the future of UPI through building synergistic leadership and governance, improving human resources, improving academic management to support “Kampus Merdeka” and freedom of learning, increasing the number of A-accredited study programs and accredited abroad, the policy of opening new study programs and faculties, preventing radicalism on campus, improving national and international networking, improving the welfare of lecturers and education staff.

The programs and strategies that going to be implemented towards the future of UPI are through the development of vocational education, development of entrepreneurship education, increasing the number of scientific research and publications, improving financial management, improving the management of student activities, improving innovation management, strengthening and developing regional campuses, expanding new campuses in the Regions area Walini Purwakarta. The presentation closed with the presentation of the spirit of ISOLAKU for the UPI academic community, (1) Inspiring in developing creative and innovative education, science and technology (2) Smart in developing and implementing inspiring teaching-learning process, research, and community services  (3) Ongoing efforts in optimizing human resources of faculty members, students and supporting staff with the values of silih asih, silih asah, and silih asuh  (4) Loyal to the State Ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution for strengthening the unity of nation (5) Agile and adaptive in responding to the rapid changes of science, technology, social and culture (6) Knowledgeable in solving problems and making decision for better education (7) Unquestionable that UPI is the best university in education di the South East Asia in 2025.

Prof. Dr. H. Didi Sukyadi, MA. then proceed to deliver his working paper. The second candidate conveys the vision of realizing UPI as a pioneer university and excels in learning, research, and utilizing research results related to education and disciplines to produce graduates who are professional and globally competitive. Didi analyzed that in the last 5 years, the performance of UPI was headed towards a better direction, especially in learning, research, publication, innovation, and the downstream of research, human resources, finance, and infrastructure results. However, compared to other universities, UPI must run even faster. UPI has the basic capital and self-confidence to be more advanced with optimizing human resources management, finance, facilities and infrastructure, student coaching, with a mirror on previous experience.

Prof. Dr. H. Didi Sukyadi, MA. offered eight strategies that are Strengthening human resources capacity, Strengthening governance, Strengthening funding capacity, Strengthening national and international collaboration, Revitalizing learning facilities and infrastructure, research and innovation, Implementing learning that is adaptive to change and having global standards, Strengthening S1 in education, the teacher education profession, and other professions, and Strengthening student development.

Prof. Dr. H. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd., MA. as the third candidate then presents his working paper. His vision of UPI is the national development with an excellent character through “Kampus Merdeka”. During the presentation, Solehuddin promoted the concept of UPI EDUN. This concept is the hope of the next 5 years for UPI. This UPI EDUN stands for Etis, Digjaya, Unggul, and Nanjeur and also “Education for the upturn of the nation”. The prospective achievement of UPI EDUN is “edun” lecturers & students, “edun” students, “edun” infrastructure, EDUN Tri Dharma and “edun” achievements. He also adds the UPI work program for 2020-2025 that will be prioritized, namely the development of human resources (lecturers and education personnel), infrastructure development, institutional governance (research), research, publication & downstream, PKM program development, academic, professional & vocational, student affairs, income-generating, networking cooperation, partnerships & internationalization, strengthening curriculum & learning innovation.

To achieve the work program of 2020-2025 and UPI EDUN, the strategic steps & roadmap of the five-year work program are through priorities in increasing the human resources recognition program, modernization of good governance infrastructure, strengthening research & publications, PKM, and student affairs, strengthening integrated academic systems, digital-based modern learning curriculum, professional education development, and vocational education initiation. He also adds ten work programs (2020-2025) focused on human resource development (lecturers and education personnel), infrastructure, institutional governance, research and publications, PKM development, strengthening curriculum & learning innovations, collaboration networks, partnerships & internationalization, professional education & vocational education, student affairs, income-generating. while the strategy is chosen through simultaneous, priority, stages & flexible, cohesiveness & synergy.

The last presentation of the working paper was delivered by Prof. Dr. H. R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Sc. He conveys the vision of a pioneering and excellent UPI in accordance with what is stated in the UPI Statute Article 2 paragraph 3. His mission is to integrate excellence in education with disciplinary fields that are synergistically built through the concept of cross-fertilization, resource sharing, and education as a value in the framework of a religious, scientific and educative motto. During the presentation, Asep explained that it was related to the improvement in UPI institutional performance from 2016-2020. He stated that the improved institutional performance includes academic performance achievements and learning, development of human resources and financial systems, information technology and services, facilities and facilities and infrastructure. In order to increase the achievement of UPI pioneers and excel at the national and global level, a number of achievement targets are offered and will be carried out in 2020-2025 in the target of RPJP 2021-2025, namely accreditation of excellent institutions, 80% international, 60% Number of lecturers having doctoral degrees, 15% lecturers have professorships, 5 International Classes, cluster positions 1 PT ranking in Indonesia, positions 251-300 for Asia University Ranking ranking, 100 positions for World University Ranking ranking, positions 201-500 for ranking WUR by Subject in Education, position 1 for clarifying WUR by Subject in Art and Humanities.

The strategy to achieve the RPJP target 2021-2025 is oriented towards achieving ASEAN-level reference universities in education and several non-educational fields through various innovations in policies, programs, and activities in research and community service, education, accreditation and recognition, economics and finance, student affairs and facilities and infrastructure, as well as organization. The work programs that are going to be implemented in the future, namely strengthening quality assurance, increasing the competence of lecturers and education personnel, strengthening the quality of activities, competencies and student services, strengthening internationalization, strengthening educational facilities/infrastructure including laboratories, campus infrastructure development, digitizing academic activities and non-academic, strengthening innovation, structuring university business, and developing endowment funds.

After the four candidates presented their working papers, the moderator continued the event to the question and answer session. Questions and answers were given to representatives of student organizations, lecturers, education personnel, academic senates, professors’ councils, the board of trustees (MWA) and work units in the UPI from the University, Faculty, Regional Campus, Department, and Study Program level who attended this program.

The first question was delivered by Iik Nurulpaik, S.Pd., M.Pd. Iik asked about the current UPI policy that must be improved. One of the policies that should be a priority relates to UPI’s policies and financial system and the development of education and the capacity of UPI lecturers. Iik requested the prospective candidates to explain UPI’s steps and policies in the financial system and policies in the development of education and the capacity of UPI lecturers. The next question was from the MWA member Prof. Dr. Rochmat Wahab, M.Pd. Rochmat emphasized the message and the important role of students in higher education activities as well as its relation to the vision of the pioneers and leading in building the Indonesian Education University.

Prof. Dr. Suryana, M.Si, the chairman of the Audit Committee, confirms all the prospective candidates about the basic essence of the core business and the identity of UPI. The Representatives of Educational Personnel from UPI Postgraduate Schools conveyed various UPI policies in the future regarding the education personnel at UPI so as not to be discriminatory. He hopes that the educational staff will be given easy access to scholarships such as lecturers. He also hopes that in the future, the positions of educational staff in work units should be the priority to be fulfilled for the educational staff.

Prof. Cecep Darmawan, S.Pd., SIP., SH., M.Sc., MH as the professor of political science UPI appreciated the presentation of working papers related to the vision, mission, policies, and programs offered by the prospective candidates. As future UPI leaders, prospective rectors are expected to have a grand design of institutional development in the future. The Dean of FPMIPA Siti Fatimah, S.Pd., M.Sc., Ph.D., described the laboratory conditions and their relation to efforts to increase international accreditation at FPMIPA. The development of laboratories in FPMIPA is very important to meet the standards as a medium for testing related to the scientific fields. In addition, the international ranking standard for science is one of the most important standards that have to be met by the laboratories. The representatives of the student elements convey what strategies will be implemented by prospective candidates to respond to students who have differences in access to education. Unequal and equitable access causes low student participation in the area to be accepted at tertiary institutions, especially at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. This is a concern because students in the regions have limitations, but have a high motivation to be accepted in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

In facing the future, prospective rectors initiated a vision of the collaborative, synergistic, innovative, characteristic and excellent leadership. Various programs were initiated through the construction of world-class universities be it in educational disciplines and education in scientific disciplines. A number of strategies developed by prospective rectors through acceleration, strengthening and improvement in (1) human resources, (2) governance of institutions, (3) academic management and learning that is adaptive to change and have global standards (4) quantity and research quality, utilization of research results and scientific publications related to education and education in scientific disciplines, (5) financial management, (6) student management, (7) innovation management, (8) learning facilities and infrastructure, research and innovation, ( 9) networks of cooperation, partnerships (10) quality assurance, and internationalization. The vision, policies, programs, and strategies presented by the prospective rectors in the context of UPI development in support of “Kampus Merdeka” and independent learning. It is also the UPI campus strategy to become a center of excellence in producing graduates who are professional and globally competitive. (YS)