The 2023 cohort of UGM students is overjoyed to finally receive their student cards, which they have eagerly awaited.
The excitement is evident on the faces of these new students who visited the Directorate of Education and Teaching at UGM to collect their student cards from October 9 to 18, 2023.
“The distribution of BNI student cards occurred from October 9 to 18, 2023,” revealed Dr. Sigit Priyanta, the Secretary of the Directorate of Education and Teaching.
For the new cohort, UGM offers three card types: e-student cards, physical BNI student cards, and physical Mandiri student cards.
New students can choose to use one of the student card types or opt for electronic and physical student cards.
“For the e-student cards, this facility is provided for all new students in the 2023 class. They also can obtain physical ones,” Dr. Priyanta added.
“For the physical student cards, we cooperate with several partner banks to provide additional functions and facilities for students to make financial transactions easier.”
According to the secretary, 5,189 new students from the 2023 class have chosen the BNI student cards.
“We have scheduled and arranged the student cards collection as effectively as possible to ensure it doesn’t disrupt students’ class schedules and avoid long queues,” Dr. Priyanta confirmed.
Additionally, 1,256 new students opted for the Mandiri student cards. Students choosing this card type collected the cards directly at Bank Mandiri’s branch at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.
Before issuing the student cards, the UGM Directorate of Education and Teaching verified the data to cross-check the student’s information with the bank’s records.
According to Dr. Priyanta, the physical student cards have various functions and facilities. Apart from being identity cards, these student cards can also be used as ATM cards, electronic money cards, or both.
These cards are also supported by payment technologies such as NFC contactless payment, e-commerce, internet payment, QRIS payment, mobile banking, ATM networks, financial service partners such as Visa/Mastercard/GPN, and more.
This facilitates students to conduct financial transactions and supports the realization of Smart Card Data.
Students can use their cards for many campus services, including campus identity-based custom branding of their cards, library access, parking fees, bike rentals, campus buses, and entry into campus laboratories and common rooms, using self-service printers, etc.
The UGM student cards also offer numerous benefits, such as discounts at food and beverage outlets, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues collaborating with the issuing bank.
Additionally, card owners can receive scholarships and opportunities for IT equipment to support their studies, along with internship opportunities with partner banks.
Handika Alviana Putra, a Forestry student from the 2023 class, expressed his happiness at receiving his physical student card, serving as an identifier that he is a UGM student.
“I’m not a true university student without a physical student card. Since I come from out of town, this card helps me make financial transactions with my parents outside the city and payments,” he explained.
Putra finds that the student card scheduling and collection process has been convenient. It is done gradually to avoid long queues during collection.
A Psychology student, Aurel, also expressed her joy, mentioning that she had been waiting a long time to get her card.
“I’m delighted because I’ve been waiting for the physical type for a while. This can also be used for ATM transactions, making it easier for transfers and payments,” she continued.