In order to support the policy of the Minister of Education and Culture regarding Independent Learning-Independent Campus (MBKM), Universitas Brawijaya (UB) accepts 354 students from other state universities to study at UB in the PERMATA-SAKTI program, which stands for Indonesian National Student Exchange, Credit Transfer System with Information Technology.
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. drh. Aulanni’am, DES said, the PERMATA-SAKTI program is a student exchange program through cooperation between State Universities throughout Indonesia which is funded by the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs (Belmawa).
“As an implementation of the independent campus policy, we give freedom for students to join this program, and the presence of inbound from universities outside UB is very good for university performance. They register for this program through Belmawa, then the lecture mechanism is regulated by the Academic Section of UB, “said Prof. Aulanni’am.
Meanwhile the Head of Planning, Academic and Collaboration Division Heri Prawoto Widodo., S.Sos., M.AB said, this is the first year that UB has implemented this program, and while currently accepting students from outside UB to study at UB, we have not sent UB students to study outside the UB campus.
A total of 354 students came from 24 state universities throughout Indonesia, where the largest number of students came from Syiah Kuala University (67 students), and from the Padang Panjang Indonesian Art Institute (33 people).
In this program, students may choose to take one or two of the seven courses offered by UB. Namely Family Business (Entrepreneurship-Faculty of Economics and Business), User Experience Design (Information Systems-Computer Science Faculty), Gender and Policy (Governmental Science-FISIP), Rural Agriculture Sociology (Agribusiness-Faculty of Agriculture), Animal Reproduction Science (Animal Science -Faculty of Animal Husbandry), Transportation Systems (Civil Engineering-Faculty of Engineering), and Packaging and Storage (Food Science and Technology-Faculty of Agricultural Technology).
“Each course contains 3 credits. Students have the right to take 6 credits, all in UB, or 3 credits in UB and 3 credits outside UB. This lecture is held for one semester, namely in semester 5 or 7, “said Heri.
He continued, while studying at UB, they have the same rights as regular UB students, such as having a Student Identity Card that is valid for one semester, learning modules from lecturers who teach courses, having a UB email account, accessing Academic Information Systems, taking UTS, UAS, and at the end of the program, they get transcripts for courses that have been taken at UB as proof of transfer of credit scores, and are recognized as courses at the original campus by conversion to relevant courses or according to the courses taken at UB.
Students get various benefits through PERMATA-SAKTI program. Veren Maretha Putrisari, a student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, admitted that she got a lot of new experiences through this program.
“I took the Animal Reproduction Science Course, this knowledge is necessary for my lectures, and I can apply it when I co-assist after graduating. Joining this program is a golden opportunity for us, students from other universities to experience the learning atmosphere on campus which has always been ranked in the top five in Indonesia, “explained Veren.
Likewise, Ari Kurniawan Putra, a student of the Faculty of Economics from Gorontalo State University, felt lucky to have the opportunity to study at the campus of his dreams through PERMATA-SAKTI program.
“There are many benefits that I got from learning experiences outside of campus. First, increasing national insight, integrity, solidarity, and the glue of nationality among Indonesian students, through intercultural learning. Second, it can develop leadership abilities and soft skills of students with the character of Pancasila, so that they are ready to interact cooperatively and competitively with other nations in the world for the sake of national dignity through integrated learning, “concluded the student who took the Family Business course. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]