About 3.963 of 11.990 registrants for Universitas Pasundan Bandung were officially listed as new students in the academic year of 2020/2021 in the Senate Open Session of Universitas Pasundan led by Prof. Dr. HM. Didi Turmudzi, M.Si, Head of Unpas Senate and Head of Paguyuban Pasundan.
The session was virtually held and centered at Convention Hall Trans Luxury Hotel, Jl. Gatot Subroto on Thursday, October 1st, 2020. It was also attended by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Eddy Jusuf Sp., M.Si., M.Kom, Head of YPT Pasundan, professors, vice rectors and deans, while the students attended it virtually at their own place, including other lectures and leaders’ staffs and Student Community
The official inauguration was signed by the giving of the alma mater jacket by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Eddy Jusuf Sp., M.Si., M.Kom to new students representatives from each faculty and postgraduate.
In that event, the Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Anwar Makarim stated in his speech that in the past, students did not have their flexibility while studying. All learning process are often classically interpreted as semester credit as a whole (lit. SKS – Satuan Kredit Semester), therefore all students’ activity outside the campus cannot be considered as a learning process. Today, a semester credit is defined as hours of activity, therefore there are flexibilities for students in fulfilling their learning process, both in the case of course class and other activities, such as internship.
The Minister continued that today, students are expected to be the changing agents and pioneers to create solutions for the nation. “We could change the paradigm of learning at the university. We once know that going to college was only about studying. Right now we can change it into that going to college is to create something or work in various field of study, not only about to work for becoming a useful person,” he said.
Prof. Dr. H. Eddy Jusuf Sp., M.Si., M.Kom sent his welcome to all 3.963 new students of Universitas Pasundan in the academic year of 2020/ 2021. “You are now becoming the Indonesian best-chosen students who have passed the selection process to continue studying in higher education, particularly in your chosen department,” the Rector said.
He also said that the student admission is now in limited movement of activities. We have opened various opportunities and chances to inventors and innovators to create several models of online learning process through the creativity of utilization and development of digital technology.
The Rector also asked students not to be discouraged. There are a lot of learning models which can be done without breaking the health protocols. Therefore, the processes are still able to be continued by several methods, such as by synchronous online, asynchronous online and asynchronous offline.
Vice Rector III of Unpas, Dr. H. Deden Ramdan, M.Si reported that these students consisted of students from several faculties, including 375 from Faculty of Law, 1.187 from Faculty of Social and Political Science, 765 from Faculty of Engineering, 482 from Faculty of Economics and Business, 609 from Faculty of Teaching and Education, 230 from Faculty of Arts and Literature, 53 from Faculty of Medicine, and 262 from Magister Degree.
Head of Service Institution Region IV of West Java and Banten, Prof. Dr. H. Uman Suherman, M.Pd stated that the new students should be grateful by choosing Universitas Pasundan as the best and most excellent university (not only in the Region IV of West Java and Banten, but also in the national level). “Unpas does not only have high reputation on accreditation and quality assurance, but also excellent management. It is a perfect collaboration between Paguyuban Pasundan and Universitas Pasundan along with its staffs as well,” said Prof. Uman Suherman.
By his statement, he also asked the students not to waste their opportunity and only say “Alhamdulillah”, but it should be manifested in the best way to study. “Choose your own time and prepare your best condition, because you are going to face different type of learning process like you did in high school. A rich man once said that, ‘What is going to college about, if that does not make you successful?’. This means that success must provide a way to enlighten knowledge and skills, including attitude and character so that you can truly be proud of, not only by parents and alma mater, but also of societies. It is because that the knowledge you have gotten in the college will be utilized for people’s need,” he continued.
A moral message was also sent by Head of Paguyuban Pasundan, Prof. Dr. HM. Didi Turmudzi, M.Si, “You should conceive the long history of Unpas and Paguyuban Pasundan by grasping the pioneer inspiration and appreciating their hardwork. It is for you to remember and not easily get confused in identifying yourselves. “Get yourself trained and do not forget to give your best to others. Nulung kanu butuh, nalang kanu susah,” he said.
The Head of Pasundan Higher Education Foundation, Dr. H. Makbul Mansyur, M.Si also gave a message to the students that they should remember that today is the beginning of a long journey which is going to be faced. Not a few students are categorized as smart but stuck on their way, but some are mediocre but successful in achieving their goals. “There are 4 key of learning success; strong intention, high confidence, abstinence and strong pray. We wish you could be a kind, smart, fightful-spirit-owned person,” he said.
At the event, the Original Indonesian Record Award (ORI) was also given for the most student participants of Anti-Drug Student Volunteer Declaration which was held online, to Prof. Dr. HM. Didi Turmudzi, M.Si (creator), Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Eddy Jusuf Sp, M.Si., M.Kom (initiator), Dr. H. Deden Ramdan, M.Si (initiator), Prof. Dr. H. Jaja Suteja, M.Si (Main Organizer), Brigadier General (Pol) Drs. Sufyan Syarif, SH., MH (Supporting Organizer). While the ORI Award for Anti-Drug Student Volunteer Edutainment Participants was given to Prof. Dr. HM. Didi Turmudzi, M.Si (creator), Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Eddy Jusuf Sp, M.Si., M.Kom (initiator), Dr. Eki Baehaki, M.Si (Initiator), Dr. H. Yudi Garnida, MT (Main Organizer) and AKBP Deni Yus Danial, S.I.P., MH (Supporting Organizer).***