UGM leadership had a dialogue with students to discuss two drafts for Rector’s Decrees on Single Tuition (UKT) on Monday (16/5) in University Club UGM. They discussed deadlines for tuition reduction, annual projects and budget plans, and rationalisation of Single Tuition scales.
“These are Rector’s Decree Drafts, so we need to review them before a decision is taken,” said Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., reading seven points of Single Tuition that were gathered after some inputs from diverse parties.
One point of attention is on request for tuition reduction and deadlines for reduction which are seen as too close together. Additional clause emerges also on discounts in the event of death of the parents or guardians who pay the tuition.
In response, Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. dr. Iwan Dwiprahasto, M.Med.Sc., Ph.D., said that the Rectorate is open for the proposal so that students can submit a mechanism formulation that they expected.
In the forum, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., explained the UKT increase in his Faculty, including 15-20% increase for UKT category 4. The increase is calculated after inflation and operational fee increase. He said current UKT is 40-50% of Course Single Tuition (BKT).
“We’re trying to use the budget for better quality. For those who are really on the needy side, we certainly will give assistance,” he said.
In the dialogue it was also decided that this week a faculty level dialogue will be held between deans and students on the proposed UKT. Next week, results will be brought to university level discussion and expected to finalise on 2 June.
On the canteen at Socio-Humanities cluster, points to be produced in a discussion between Assets Directorate, centre of studies, Student Executive Board and Boards from the 5 Socio- Humanities faculties, is that the university will provide a place for gathering at the Socio-Humanities canteen. Further discussion on canteen development will involve student representatives as well. UGM will also give opportunities for canteen operators to be able to resume business by meeting health requirement standards and comfort. UGM will facilitate this quality improvement by giving a training to food vendors.
Finally, the Rector appreciated the input given by students. She hoped they can always be present in monthly meetings to maintain good communication for the future.