Higher Education is Open to Everybody

[unpad.ac.id, 9/5/2019] The government is trying to create inclusive education in every educational institution. It aims to make education not only for those who are physically capable. The disabled also have the same opportunity to be able to study in higher education.

Unpad Acting Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE greeted Rizki Harta Cipta, the best graduate of the Unpad Doctoral program in the Third Wave Graduation of the 2018/2019 academic year, Friday (3/5). Limitations of vision did not break Rizki’s enthusiasm to obtain a doctorate with Judiciary cumlaude. (Photo: Tedi Yusup) *

Unpad Deputy Chancellor for Academic and Learning, Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A., said that universities are open to anyone, both non-disabled and disabled. Provided that he has good academic abilities.

“Anyone already has the opportunity to work together in college,” said Dr. Arry.

The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) has drafted a regulation that states that basically higher education must include all parties. This rule is agreed by Unpad and other universities.

Dr. Arry explained, people with disabilities may also enter any study program as long as it does not interfere with their field of study and work. Although there are several study programs that require certain conditions, such as not being color blind. As long as he is able to attend the learning process, he can still enter the study program.

“Moreover, (for) the field of study that does not require anything, or as long as its limitations can be helped by technology, disabled people can participate in it,” he added.

The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education has also made it easy for disabled people to enroll in higher education. The implementation of Computer Based Writing Examination (UTBK) as a requirement to apply to PTN (National universities) can also be participated by participants who have limited vision. However, it does not apply to all study programs.

Overall, there is no difference in learning patterns between regular and special needs. “Differences are made if it cannot be followed, such as the form of the test there is a difference. If the participant can follow it normally, we (will be) treating (the admission) as usual,” said Dr. Arry.

For example, the success of Dr. Rizki Harta Cipta who graduated on time with Judiciary Cumlaude in the Doctoral Program in Law Science Unpad prove that higher education is not limited to only certain groups. Even with limited vision, it did not become a barrier for Rizki to achieve.

Rizki is one of the disabled people who brings inspiration to the world. Physical limitation is not an obstacle to pursuing ideals. With strong determination, he is able to achieve a decent education and is able to devote his knowledge to the benefit of society. Therefore, the Government must continue to support the disabled people. *

Report by Arief Maulana
Translation by Zaki Intan Cindyagita

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