The 65th Anniversary of UPI: Strengthening the University’s Educational Identity to Achieve Leadership and Excellence

Bandung, UPI

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) celebrated its anniversary on Friday, October 18th 2019. The opening ceremony held at Balai Pertemuan Umum UPI—as well known as Achmad Sanusi building—was attended by the President of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Prof. Dr. H. R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si. along with several campus functionaries: Dr. (HC). KH. As’ad Said Ali as the Head of Trustee Assembly, Prof. H. Yaya Sukjaya Kusumah, M.Sc.,Ph.D. as the Secretary of Trustee Assembly, Prof. Dr. H. Didi Suryadi, M.Ed. as the Head of Academic Senate, and Prof. Dr. H. Karim Suryadi, M.Si. as the Head of Professors’ Council. This ceremony was also attended by Police Inspector General Drs. Rudy Sufahriadi (the Chief of West Java Regional Police), Police Chief Commissioner Irman Sugema, S.I.K.,M.H. (the Chief of Bandung Capital City Police), and also Prof. Dr. Paulina Pannen, M.Ls. (Academic Expert Staff from The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education).

The President of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia stated that this anniversary was a strategic momentum to implement the goals with strong intention and evaluate the performance that has been achieved by UPI. He also emphasized that education is a timeless force. “Education is the frontline in guarding and maintaining ideology and national unity,” he said.

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 has contributed to many fields, specifically in Indonesian education.  The teacher role has shifted from a learning source to a facilitator in constructing knowledge. Therefore, teachers must set an example and teach the students about values, ethics, culture, wisdom, and even social empathy. As a result, the students will become open minded persons who can understand and accept multicultural values in Indonesia. “Thoughts that are willing to accept diversity will accelerate the increase of insights and knowledge because diversity will be the source of knowledge,” explained Mr. Kadarohman.

In 2019, UPI has been listed in Asia University Ranking in the position of 450th-500th and keep developing many programs: increasing scientific publications of research collaboration, the number of foreign students and lecturers, student exchanges, and acceleration of the number of doctoral lecturers. There are 2.211 articles of scientific publication from UPI’s lecturers which have been indexed by Scopus until September 2019. This is a significant achievement compared to the last year’s, which only reached 78 articles. Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics and Indonesian Journal of Science and Technology from UPI have also been indexed by Scopus this year.

There have also been so many prideful achievements from UPI’s students until 2019. For instance, Rosi Oktiani—who is majoring in Chemistry Education—already published 13 articles of scientific publication indexed by Scopus and one of the students majoring in Chemistry, Risti Ragadhita, also has published 12 articles of scientific publication indexed by Scopus. Both of them are the undergraduate students.

Mr. Kadarohman hoped that the 65th anniversary of UPI could be a reminder and encouraged us to improve our performance and the competitiveness of our nation. To close his speech, Mr. Kadarohman expressed his gratitude through an engaging pantun. (Text and photo: Ayu Intan H.)