Dialog Between UMM and Campus Activists, Discussing about the Regulation of the MInister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Number 55, 2018

Author : Humas | Monday, November 26, 2018 09:04 WIB
Sidik Sunaryo, who is the Vice Rector III UMM and also the Chief of Vice Rector Forum for Academic and Alumni of Muhammadiyah and Aisiyah Higher Education (Picture by: Aan/UMM PR)

Since it was officially implemented a day after the 90th anniversary of the Youth Oath, the regulation of the Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education number 55 of 2018 becomes a hot issue among campus activists. This regulation was made to respond the radicalism issue which is alleged to affect some students. As the agents of change, students must have critical thinking and fight for the better change.

Instead of making positive change, there are some issues stated that some students are indicated getting involved in radicalism. Of course, the tagline of that kind of news brings negative perception in society. As a part of Muhammadiyah, University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) has its own point of view about how the ideology of the nation must be built, formed, and escorted.

Regarding to this, the reporter of UMM Public Relation, Rochmatika Nur Anisa conducted an exclusive interview with Sidik Sunaryo, who is the Vice Rector III UMM and also the Chief of Vice Rector Forum for Academic and Alumni of Muhammadiyah and Aisiyah Higher Education.

As a part of Muhammadiyah, how does UMM respond to the regulation of minister of research, technology, and higher education number 55 of 2018?

Talking about UMM ideology, it cannot be separated from Muhammadiyah. As an inclusive campus, UMM is very open about diversity. We have many students with different cultures, ethnics, and religion studying here. Furthermore, students who join organizations at UMM get along with those who join organizations outside the campus. One of the points on the minister’s regulation (refers to the regulation of minister of research, technology, and higher education number 55 of 2018  / Permen 55) states that the leaders of higher education institutions must enclose ideology building activities including four national pillars which are Pancasila, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Constitution 1945, and The Unity of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

I need to emphasize that on Permen 55, the leaders of higher education can form Student Activity Unit for Assisting Ideology of the Nation (UKM PIB). They are responsible to build a good understanding about ideology to students. There must be a guarantee that all student activities must include four national pillars.

I think UMM is already familiar with the existence of organizations outside the campus. Formally, HMI and PMII do not exist at campus, but they truly exist in the structural organization at the campus. It can be seen when the campus general election. Each of them has their own parties. They compete cooperatively.

Is there any special ideology-based coaching program conducted by UMM?

The Personality and Leadership Building (P2KK) is the best example of national ideology building. We have been preparing our generations to have good understanding about ideology through this program. When people out there are still confused how to build an understanding about ideology, UMM has already had P2KK.

Will the Student Affairs conduct a socialization regarding this regulation?

We have prepared a scheme to socialize this regulation. Basically, there is a possibility for UMM to have UKM PIB. We’ll see if there is an aspiration to develop. If UKM PIB is considered to have a power to strengthen the national ideology to students, so we will think seriously about it. But, if it is thought that all we have is enough, so we just need to improve the ideology building in each student activity unit.

To us, there is no problem regarding to this regulation. We have a dialog with UMM activists to discuss about this. In our opinion, by involving those activists, there will be a good synergy among us. We explore different opinions and facilitate their aspirations to speak up their opinions. To me, students have to get familiar with dialog and discussion to make a deal about something.

What is your opinion about the people who stand against this regulation?

In my opinion, the reason why campuses stand against this regulation is because each campus has different experiences. Therefore, UMM has had inclusive tradition for very long time. It makes UMM rich of knowledge in every way especially in experience. That’s why, UMM stands neutral because we need to consider both the good and the bad things which may be caused by this regulation. If in the future we find contra productive things, so we will decide to not go for it. (lus)

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