One of the faculties at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya, the Faculty of Natural Sciences has now changed its name to the Faculty of Science. This change of name has changed since last November 2018 to support ITS’s vision to become an internationally reputed university or World Class University.

The Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Agus Rubiyanto M. Eng Sc said that the name change of the Faculty of Natural Sciences became the Faculty of Science based on Chancellor Rule Number 7 of 2018. The Faculty of Science had one of 10 faculties in the ITS that had many trips behind the hero campus this. “Changes in the name are done in order to harmonize the shared goals carried out by the faculty,” said the professor of Physics ITS.

According to Prof. Agus, the change in the name of the faculty which is a split from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (FMIPA) to become the Faculty of Natural Sciences is considered not to fit the world nomenclature. Moreover, the ITS campus is heading towards the World Class University standard. So that ITS should follow the naming that mostly applies at international universities. “The Faculty of Natural Sciences is more synonymous with Physics, therefore it is necessary to change names,” said the former member of the ITS senate in 2003-2006.

In addition, he added, this was also supported by professors from the department sheltered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The meeting to discuss changes in the name of the faculty was held which was attended by professors, deans and other ranks. “Based on the results of the meeting, it is more suitable to change the name to the Faculty of Science,” explained the man who became the professor of integrated optics.

Prof. Agus again emphasized, if you look at world nomenclature, the Faculty of Science is more suitable to use. In Indonesia alone, besides ITS, those who have used the name of the Faculty of Science are the Sumatra Institute of Technology (Itera) and Diponegoro University (Undip). “The name of the Faculty of Science is also suitable in carrying out the objectives of the faculty, which is superior in developing science for humanity, welfare, and the environment,” he explained.

However, for ITS graduates at the previous graduation, Prof. Agus explained that the English version of the diploma was named the Faculty of Science, not the Faculty of Natural Sciences. So, this change of name is not detrimental to previous graduates.

Initially, the story of Prof. Agus, this faculty was founded in 1965 under the name of the School of Definite Science and Natural Sciences (FIPIA). At that time, this faculty only had three majors namely Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Prof. Agus said, 18 years after it was founded the name FIPIA changed to FMIPA. “In 1983, the department which was supervised by FMIPA increased by one, namely the Department of Statistics,” said the man who took a doctorate at Paderborn University, Germany.

Prof. Agus explained, the twists and turns of FMIPA’s journey continued. In 1998, one more department in FMIPA was added, Biology. The name FMIPA lasted 19 years later. Based on the 2017 Chancellor’s Regulation, FMIPA is divided into two faculties. Namely the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Data Science (FMKSD) which oversees the Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial departments, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences (now the Faculty of Science) in which there are departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Furthermore, Prof. Agus explained about the plan in front of the faculty. If there are no obstacles, the Faculty of Science will open the Master of Professional Science. According to him, specialization at the master level is quite good on the world stage. “This master’s degree is expected to be a person who understands science including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics,” continued the man who also served as an Education Attache in Germany during these two periods.

Prof. Agus hopes that by changing the name of the Faculty of Natural Sciences into the Faculty of Science, it can foster the enthusiasm of students and lecturers in competing on national and international levels. “A strong campus can be seen from the strength of its scientific field,” he concluded.