To support the creative ideas of its students, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) once again hosted the Creative Idea Competition (KIK) which was participated by thousands of students. This competition is also hoped to increase the students’ life skills. The competition was officially closed on Saturday (26/10) with a ceremony that announced the Faculty of Economy and Business (FEB) as the champion at the backyard of the A.R Fachrudin Building of UMY Central Campus.
Rector of UMY Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P stated that this competition will become a routine competition. It serves to accommodate the students’ interests in researching different fields of knowledge. Each year, UMY sends hundreds of research proposal to the Ministry of Higher Education. “We need to use our brain to think in creative ways. That way, our social skills will also improve,” He stated.
As a university located in a city with people from different backgrounds, UMY is expected to become a campus that trains open-minded graduates who can appreciate diversity. “Yogyakarta is a very diverse town. An open mind can only make us closer and be friendlier with each other,” Gunawan added.
At the same event, the Head of Student Creativity and Cognitive Development Division (PKPM) of the Student and Alumni Development Office (LPKA) UMY, Oki Wijaya, S.P., M.P stated that KIK is a competition where students can train for the National Science Fair (PIMNAS). He hopes that students can prepare for it as best as they can. “The competition is meant to be a mini-PIMNAS, something for the students to hone their creativity so they can show the best on the real competition,” He added.
This year’s competition had 200 proposal entries from different departments and Faculties. The Faculty of Islamic Sciences (FAI) won three medals, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FK) won three medals, the Faculty of Economy and Business (FEB) won 9 medals, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL) won two medals, the Vocational Department won five medals, the Faculty of Agriculture (FP)won five medals, and the Faculty of Language Education, Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Engineering each won one medal. (ak)