[unpad.ac.id 21/06/2019] As a university in West Java, Unpad is obligated to contribute to the development and resolution of various issues found in West Java. One of the contributions through the activities of the Tridharma of Higher Education is through the Student Study Service (KKN). In this year’s Student Study Service Program, Unpad’s theme is Citarum Harum and Entrepreneurship.
In this regard, on Friday (21/6) a discussion was held on the Concept, Model and Assessment of Thematic KKN on Entrepreneurship and Citarum Harum with speaker Dr. Ir. Paristiyanti Nurwardani, M.P., the Director of Learning from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in the Executive Lounge room of Building 2 Unpad Jl. Dipati Ukur No. 35 Bandung.
The event was hosted by the Unpad Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A., and were also attended by the Acting Rector of Universitas Padjadjaran Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, S.E., M.SIE, representatives from the Academic Senate, Unpad Vice Rector for Governance and Resources Prof. Arief Sjamsulaksan Kartasasmita, dr., SpM (K), M.Kes., PhD, Deans and Vice Deans of the Faculties/Postgraduate Schools, the Director of Planning and Information Systems, and Secretary of the Director of Academic and Student Affairs.
On this occasion, Dr. Paristiyanti explained the concept of Community Service which is contained in the Ministerial Decree draft. She also explained that currently there are various KKN models; regular, thematic, and international.
In connection with the Citarum Harum Thematic KKN, Dr. Paristiyanti recalled the commitment of universities to contribute to addressing various issues surrounding Citarum. It is known that the Citarum River has provided many benefits for the community, especially in the West Java to DKI Jakarta area.
“We all know that the Citarum River has various problems. For that we have to roll up our sleeves together to overcome the problem,” she said.
Through this thematic KKN, it is hoped that not only can the Citarum problem be solved, but that it can function as a learning tool for both hard skills and soft skills for students. The learning of soft skills here is expected to provide students with skills for the future that will be useful, especially in the world of work.
“For that, we are waiting for ideas from Unpad both in the form of mentoring, teaching and solving problems in Citarum,” he said.
For information, the Citarum Harum Thematic KKN was first announced on May 3, 2018 and in commemoration of National Education Day at the Unpad Campus in Bandung. The implementation of the thematic KKN was not only carried out by Unpad, but also involved other universities, including IPB, UI, ITB, and UPI. The implementation of the Thematic KKN Program also involved USAID, America and the West Java regional government.
In addition to discussing the Citarum Harum Thematic KKN, the Entrepreneurship KKN was also discussed by Dr. Dwi Purnomo, STP., MT. In his explanation, this time, the Entrepreneurship KKN will serve as a pilot project at Unpad involving lecturers at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, and the Faculty of Agricultural Industrial Technology.
This program will integrate the Unpad cooperation program with the Sumedang District Government with the implementation of this Community Service Program in 5 Districts in the Sumedang Regency area, consisting of 53 villages.
“The output target that we aim to achieve in the first year of the Entrepreneurship KKN is the completion of 40 business websites in each village, with at least 40 products sold in [online] marketplaces such as Tokopedia and Bukalapak, the formation of entrepreneur forums in each sub-district, and updated economic potential data of 40 villages,” Dwi said. *
Report by Marlia
Translation by Shabrina Maharani
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