One characteristic of a university existence was the on-going physical development. The non-physical development was not easily seen, while the physical development could be measured. That was why UMM kept improving not only its service system and academic, but also the physical development.
Two years ago UMM finished building PLTMH, expanding the Rectorate building and the garden reading. Then, last year UMM built Rusunawa and new Engineering Laboratory. And this year, UMM constructed the Academic Hospital located on Tlogomas street. UMM did physical development for its Rusunawa II, Gas Station, new garden for deer, and prime fruit garden.
The UMM Vice Rector II Drs. Mursidi, MM, stated that UMM had to continue to build based on its own abilities. UMM built the physical development, except the Rusunawa and PLTMH, on its own fund. The government gave UMM aid on the construction of Rusunawa and PLTMH, but UMM also provided its own fund to supply the aid.
"As a private university, UMM relies more on its own abilities. With proper management and full trust, UMM will keep improving as a consequence to keep moving forward," said Mursidi.
Meanwhile, the UMM Hospital construction had been started since 22nd of July 2009. The National Education Minister Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo hoped that UMM could quickly be a world class university through the hospital construction.
The Chief of the UMM Development Controlling and Planning, Ir. Ali Syaifullah, MT, said that the UMM Hospital pre-construction process had been run since two years ago. According to him, not only freed up the seven of nine hectares land, but UMM also concerned on the surrounding environment. "We finished all permissions to the government and the society around us. However we must ensure that the existence of our hospitals will be beneficial to the surrounding communities, so their support is very important. Thank Allah, the community is very enthusiastic," said Ali.
In that hospital location, there was a three-floored mosque. Two floors were for the worship and one floor in the basement was for offices. The Chinese-styled mosque was almost completed.
The UMM Rector Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, MAP, explained the reasons of building the first mosque in the district hospital. Firstly, as a community facility to get closer and know the area hospitals. Communities could take advantage of the mosque before the hospital was completed. Secondly, the ground floor was used as offices for a while, before the main hospital building had completed. Thirdly, the most important thing was the moral philosophy than the physical build.
The reasons for choosing an architect of China with three layers of the mosque roof indicated that UMM was open, plural, and could learn from anywhere, including the China. Three layers of roof, he said, signified the power of faith, Islam, and Ihsan.
The Rector’s target was to complete the development within two years with UMM own fund. However, it did not preclude the entry of investors who would come to invest in UMM Hospital as UMM built the UMM Inn five years ago.
The Rector hoped that UMM Hospital would be the health service center for the society. With cross-subsidy system, the poor would be subsidized to get the service. In addition, the UMM Hospital was also expected to be a medical research center to develop the science of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. There would also a social rehabilitation center, even if necessary, rehabilitation of drug addiction. (nas/t_ris)