How Important is the Online Selection Process for Prospective Rector Candidates?

[, 3/9/2019] Selection for the 2019-2024 Universitas Padjadjaran Rector has entered the stage of prospective candidate selection. The stage of prospective candidate selection will be held online from 5 to 8 of September 2019.

Head of the 2019-2024 Unpad Rector Election Committee (PPR Unpad), Dr Soni A. Nulhaqim, M.Si., (third from left) with several members of PPR Unpad and members of the Unpad Board of Trustees, dr. Irvan Afriandi, Grad. Dipl. OEH, MPH, Dr.PH (second from right) during the socialization regarding the Online Selection Mechanism of Prospective Unpad Rector Candidates at Bale Sawala Unpad, Jatinangor, Monday (3/9) afternoon. (Photo: Arief Maulana)*

Head of 2019-2024 Universitas Padjadjaran Rector Selection Committee (Panitia Pemilihan Rektor – PPR) Dr. Soni A. Nulhaqim, M.Si., said that the online selection will involve the participation of all students, lecturers, and staffs in Universitas Padjadjaran. Dr. Soni stated that the selection is meant to show the popularity of each prospective candidate among university members.

“The selection is meant to show the popularity of each prospective candidate among university members and staff, not to assess the qualities, capabilities, nor capacities of the prospective rector candidates,” said Dr. Soni during the socialization regarding the Online Selection Mechanism of Prospective Rector Candidates at Bale Sawala UNPAD, Jatinangor on Monday (3/9) afternoon.

There are nine prospective rector candidates. They are (ordered alphabetically) Prof. Arief Sjamsulaksan Kartasasmita, dr., Sp.M(K)., M.Kes., Ph.D.  Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A., Prof. Dr. Ir. Hendarmawan, M.Sc., Dr. Keri Lestari, M.Si., Apt., Prof. Dr. Reiza D. Dienaputra, M.Hum., Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, S.E., MSIE., Prof. Dr. Sri Mulyani, Ak., CA., Dr. Toni Toharudin, M.Sc., dan Prof. Dr. Unang Supratman, M.Si.

Pushing for Participation

Member of the Unpad Board of Trustees (MWA) dr. Irvan Afriandi, Grad. Dipl. OEH, MPH, Dr.PH, who was present during the socialization, explained that the prospective candidate selection process is part of the first stage of Unpad Rector Candidate Selection. This process is in line with MWA regulation Number 1 2019 about Mechanism of Selection, Appointment, and Inauguration of Universitas Padjadjaran Rector.

Furthermore, Irvan explained that in the regulation, the online selection was initially meant to take place if only there are more than nine prospective candidates. The prospective candidates will then be reduced to nine through the online selection process.

In reality, from 11 prospective candidates that registered, only nine qualified the completeness, suitability, and validity of administrative requirements as mandated in MWA regulation.

Alhamdullilah, now we have nine prospective candidates. Actually, whether the online selection takes place or not, the number of prospective candidates is still nine. However, there is this enthusiasm where the MWA is craving for participation of university members and staff. Because of this enthusiasm, the online selection will take place, for it is mandated,” Irvan said.

Irvan said all university members and staff could know more about the prospective rector candidates through the online selection process. Because of this, Irvan was hopeful for the participation of all university members and students. The output of the selection process will be decreed by the MWA and then handed over to the Academic Senate for rector selection.

In the regulation, there are for stages of the Rector Selection Process. The first stage is the Prospective Candidate Selection. The second stage is the selection from prospective candidates to candidates. The third is the election of Rector from candidate decreed in the second stage. The last stage is the appointment and inauguration of the elected Rector.

Selection Mechanism

Secretary of Unpad Rector Selection Committee Arif Firmansyah explained that the online selection will start with data validation of voters from 1 to 3 September. He expected all university members and staff to participate.

The validity/eligibility of voters can be checked at If the email of eligible voters listed is wrong, eligible voters can correct the mistake. If the eligible voter’s email is not registered in the system, the eligible voter can contact the Integrated Service Unit in the Jatinangor Rectorate Building.

“Correction can be made by the Unpad Directorate of Planning and Information Systems (DPSI),” Arif said.

The selection of prospective candidates is conducted online. Link for voting the prospective candidates will be sent to all members of university and staffs’ emails according to the data in SIAT Unpad. Arif said the link sent to each email is unique and confidential, hence it must not be shared or forwarded.

The data collected through the online selection will be reported on 11-13 September. Arif made sure that the data collected through online selection will be confidential and cannot be changed by the committee, MWA, nor by the team from DPSI.

Report by Arief Maulana

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