As many as 60,563 people took part in the Written Test to get admitted at Universitas Gadjah Mada on Sunday (8/7). The final selection for undergraduate students was done simultaneously in 4 cities, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Pekanbaru, and Medan. Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., told journalists that the number of people sitting for the test had increased. “Last year there were 47,306 people,” Rector told journalist alongside the test on UGM campus. The number of people who are admitted each year is around 10,000. As much as 30% will account from the written tests.
Furthermore, the Rector said the process for the written test was carried out to the best outcome, collaborating with other universities and schools, such as SMAN 3 Yogyakarta, SMA Stella Duce, UNY, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Unriyo, Amikom, and UPN Veteran Yogyakarta to hold the tests. “I hope the test would run well,” he said.
Despite the test being done independently by UGM, the Rector said the test was selected very carefully under high standard. “The process is very selective with very high assessment standards to get the best students from around Indonesia,” he said.
At the same place, Vice-Rector for Education, Learning, and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Djagal Wiseso Marseno, said UGM still retained the written test mechanism even though other universities have stopped doing it. “Beside able to get academically potential students, the test can screen students in compliance with the Indonesian geographical condition, hence the written test,” he explained.
Reportedly, as many as 51,632 people do the test in Yogyakarta, 4,610 in Jakarta, 1,500 in Medan, and 2,487 in Pekanbaru. They will try to get a seat of 2,115 available at undergraduate programme and 443 at diploma programme.