Universitas Brawijaya (UB) held an Introduction to New Student Campus Life (PKKMB) for two days, Saturday-Sunday (19-20 / 09/2020). This activity is one of the activities of Online Alma mater Exploration Event Series Universitas Brawijaya (RAJA Brawijaya) 2020. PKKMB UB is attended by 14,492 Ub new students online. Vice Rector III for Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Drs. Abdul Hakim, M.Si during the Press Conference said that he had made intensive preparations to build an online PKKMB system so that all new students from all over Indonesia could participate.
“Therefore, we collaborate with UPT Information and Communication Technology UB, UB TV, a special team from the Expert Staff of Vice Rector III, and the RAJA Brawijaya committee from the student element. So that this activity can be carried out properly and under control, we also involve 64 operators according to the number of new student clusters in 2020, “said Prof. Abdul Hakim.
In practice, new students are divided into 64 clusters, where each cluster consists of 250 new students. Each cluster is guided by an operator or a student who is in charge of ensuring new students can participate in all PKKMB events well.
Vice Rector III has also anticipated that verbal violence will not occur in this PKKMB activity. “To minimize the possibility of verbal violence, communication between PKKMB participants and operators, both assignments or questions, all of them is done written, so there is no direct verbal communication. All interactions between operators and new students are also controlled by 15 operator supervisors. There is also a Crisis Center that oversees PKKMB activities, “explained the Professor of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences.
He added, the committee is not allowed to assign tasks that require new students to go to public places such as markets or malls. Therefore, the assignment given is in the form of uniform, short writing, or answering questions according to the material given. And if it is found that there has been violence against new students, the committee will receive a direct warning from the system.
In this occasion, UB Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Nuhfil Hanani AR., MS said that UB is ready to support the government’s program of Independent Learning-Independent Campus. “If lectures were almost 100 percent on campus previously, now students can take 20 credits to study outside campus,” he said.
The Rector explained that later students are free to choose whether to work in a company, industry, work independently or go to village. In addition, they can also take courses outside the study program either on campus or off campus.
This PKKMB activity is broadcast live on UBTV Brawijaya Youtube channel, and so that new students with disabilities can also follow properly, the committee also brings in a translator for each activity which is also seen on the screen.
In the PKKMB opening ceremony, the Rector symbolically handed over the alma mater coat to the new student representatives, which was followed by new students from their respective places. Also, symbolic handover of scholarships to students who receive KIP College, Unibraw Abadi Foundation Scholarships, Bazis UB Scholarships, and Difabel Scholarships.
After the opening, the PKKMB activity on the first day was filled with remarks from the Minister of Education and Culture, and continued with a Guest Lecture by the Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Areas and Transmigration.
For the provision of new students, various materials were delivered by speakers who are competent in their fields. The materials provided include, National Defense Awareness Development, National and State Life, Mental Revolution, Indonesian Higher Education System (Independent Learning- Independent Campus), UB Student Code of Ethics, Student Character Building, Prevention of Intolerance, Radicalism and Terrorism, and Motivation. Learning and Entrepreneurial Spirit.
While on the second day, new students will also be given material about Student Activities and Student Organizations, Higher Education in the New Normal Era, Environmental Awareness and Disaster Preparedness, Explanation of Student UKT, Explanation of Library Services, UB Hospital Services and UB Clinics, Counseling Services , Introduction to Student Organizations (EM, DPM, UKM), IT and E-Complaint, Introduction to BUNA and BUA. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]