Universitas Gadjah Mada is ready to welcome its new students in 2016. Such readiness is shown through measures that include enhancement of academic reorientation beginning since 2015 in response to the ever changing global challenges.
“The academic reorientation is considering the ever changing global and domestic challenges,” the Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., told reporters on Monday (25/7).
Dwikorita added the implementation of curriculum 2016 for the new students would give more freedom to the students to be creative and innovative whilst still upholding the values of UGM. They will be given entrepreneurship, leadership, as well as IT skills.
“It is the digital era presently, so leadership and IT are encouraged along with the socio- entrepreneur spirit,” she said.
The Rector further reinstated the commitment of UGM in upholding people’s value. UGM is open for study to students coming from underpriviledged groups. “As high as 70% students of UGM are from the middle-class to lower class while the 30% are from underfortunate families. UGM is also open to disabled students and those from outermost, underdeveloped and isolated regions,” she added.
Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. dr. Iwan Dwiprahasto, M. Med. Sc., Ph.D., said that among the things belonging to the curriculum re-designing are enhancement of cross-disciplines abililities, softskills, student mobility; international languange, IT, and research and publication.
In addition, Student Affairs Director, Dr. Senawi, guaranteed there would be no abuse to be made during the welcoming events for the new students from 1-6 August. Instead, the students will be given programme induction as well as career, profession, and softskills knowledge.
“All is displayed on our website for everyone, including parents, to monitor,” he said.
In terms of outstanding but underpriviledged students, Senawi said that since 2003 there have been a number of mechanism in place for potential students to be selected for UGM courses. “The Bidik Misi scholarship, for example, just started in 2010, but on the other hand at UGM since 2003 there have been PBUTM, PBOS, etc,” he said.