|UMM Kopma delegation when receiving the permanent trophy governor of Banten (Photo: Special)|
A delegation from Student Activity Unit (UKM) of Student Cooperative (Kopma) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) won the permanent trophy Governor of Banten Province after becoming general champion in the Student Cooperative Fair 2019 at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Untirta).
Activities that took place from 7 to 9 November 2019 were held various categories of competitions, namely business plans, the Olympics, and essay writing. UMM competed in the Olympics and essays category with 5 Kopma delegates throughout Indonesia.
In the olympiad category, Kopma UMM delegated one team. They were Miftah Firdaus, Renna Indah, and Fina Andani. The preparation was carried out for one month, starting from learning about cooperatives to research on cooperatives in Malang City. In the final round, they defeated Gajah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta with their arguments about the Financial Services Authority (OJK) in cracking down on fraud that occurred in savings and loan banks in Depok.
"We are very sad, why the one who discovered this case is OJK, not the Cooperative itself. If seen, this practice can lead to a bad image of the role of cooperatives themselves. The solution is that cooperatives must also cooperate with financial institutions, so they can monitor the course, "said Miftah, a Management Department student, when interviewed on Monday (11/25).
In the essay category, Ida Firdiana who was also a representative of UMM Kopma raised the title "Community Service as a Form of Education Implementation for Student Cooperative Members in Efforts to Face the Challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0". Namely about the importance of students doing community service-based cooperatives through technology.
"The role of humans as workers can often be replaced by sophisticated technology. So we need to improve the quality of human performance which is to be able to work and adapt to technology. For this reason, students can jointly provide technology-based cooperative education to rural communities, "said Ida.
In her research, Ida saw the problems of cooperatives in Indonesia, especially rural communities, which were limited in accessing cooperative education. According to her, cooperatives should be able to alleviate economic problems among rural communities due to unpreparedness in the face of the industrial revolution 4.0.
"Therefore, there is a need to optimize the education system in cooperative members. It can be done with training and practice directly into the field, namely by doing service, "explained Ida, an Agribusiness Department student. The idea won second place in the essay category.
In the future, Kopma UMM planned to serve the village community. Hopefully, Kopma members in the future would not only know about entrepreneurship or cooperatives but could also share and be ready to jump into the village community, especially in developing the economy. (win)