ITS Campus, ITS News – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) was successfully selected as one of the recipients of Rp 37.8 billion in the Merdeka Campus Competition Program (PKKM) 2021 through the Department of System and Industrial Engineering, Department of Informatics Engineering, and Department of Chemical Engineering. The list of universities that select as recipients of funds announced. It’s announced on the website of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemdikbud Ristek), Monday (7/6) yesterday.
Chairman of its PKKM Task Force Bagus Jati Santoso SKom Ph.D. said that PKKM is a grant with a competition scheme that aims to encourage, facilitate, and accelerate universities in implementing the Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) policy, as well as achieving eight Key Performance Indicators (IKU). Furthermore, the program design in three schemes based on the number of active students, namely scheme is League 1, League 2, and League 3.
Bagus explains that ITS is in the highest scheme. That is Liga 1, where the doors and opportunities that the ITS has to get the most grants are wide open. “the ITS is in Liga 1 because the number of students is above 18,000 people,” continued the lecturer who also served as The Head of ITS Academic Development Subdirectory.
Thus, the alumnus of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) added that the ITS together, with Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), became three State Universities incorporated (PTNBH) that obtained the largest PKKM funding. “The total funds obtained by ITS is Rp 12.6 billion per year or a total of Rp 37.8 billion for three years,” said Bagus.
Regarding the mechanism, Bagus informs that in the early stages of the formation of the proposal. As many as 16 departments from ITS signed up. After that, five selected departments were obtained, then submitted in the PKKM. The five departments that are candidates for the competition are the Department of Statistics, the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Department of Informatics Engineering, and the Department of Architecture.
After the selection process conducted by PKKM reviewers, they are professors from various universities. Kemdikbud Ristek finally passed three departments from ITS that are considered eligible to go to the field verification stage. The three departments, namely the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, the Department of Informatics Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering, managed to get funding.
The Surabaya-born man said that in the future, funds will be distributed to three departments that are declared qualified. The funds will be maximized to improve the quality of learning in ITS in support of teaching and learning activities. “We will provide an opportunity for all students to experience learning in the atmosphere of Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM),” said the 35-year-old lecturer.
Liga 1 PKKM scheme itself comes as an effort to succeed MBKM and become one of the flagship programs of Kemdikbud Ristek through the Directorate General of Higher Education (Directorate General of Higher Education) to improve the quality and relevance of undergraduate graduates. This program has been implemented since November last year and it is through the Directorate of Postgraduate and Academic Development that has successfully led ITS to become one of the fund winners.
With the support of this grant, Bagus hopes it can improve the quality of learning, especially to provide the best quality for students. “The existence of mbkm Kemdikbud Ristek program is expected to be utilized to the maximum so that the ITS can compete not only at the national level but also at the international level,” concluded the lecturer of the Department of Informatics Engineering. (ITS PUBLIC RELATIONS)
Reporter: Yanwa Evia Java
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