Education is a study of creativity, knowledge, and behaviour of a certain group passed down from generation to generation. A good educational process will improve someone’s quality. To that end, the teaching and learning process needs to involve soft skill, hard skill, and psychomotoric skills. Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) plans on inviting the parents and guardians of students to observe students’ development during their time in college.
In front of 3.500 parents and guardians, the Rector of UMY Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P invited all attendees to help UMY in educating their students. “There are three points that will be our focus. The first is the formal education in classrooms so students will have the mandatory abilities we call hard skill. The second is the soft skill, which will be influenced by the understanding of Islamic teachings. The last is their psychomotoric skill, which is how our students will have the technical and social abilities to prepare for the future. That is why we do not want to sever the ties between the students and their parents.” He stated during the New Students of the 2019/2020 Academic Year Meetup for Parents and Guardians on Tuesday (22/8) in the UMY Sportorium Building.
To help with that plan, UMY gave access for the parents to monitor their students’ academic development through an Online Study Plan Card (KRS), where the parents can monitor their child’s academic development. “Through this system, we will give you access to control each academic activity, reporting of ongoing tasks, the scores they were given, and even the funds you have given your children,” Gunawan added.
This event also introduced the Online KRS, the E-Learning System, and the university’s health facilities to the parents. In addition, there was also an explanation of international classes and foreign student exchange programs. This is done in order to explain the programs and breakthroughs of UMY.
At the end of the event, there was a ceremony to give scholarships for new students of this Academic Year. Several categories of scholarships were involved, namely 5 medicine and health studies scholarships, 41 Bidikmisi (students from impoverished backgrounds) scholarships, 21 Hafiz scholarships, 12 Accomplished Muhammadiyah students scholarships, and 4 accomplished students scholarships.
At the same event, the Head of UMY Board of Trustees (BPH UMY), Dr. H. Agung Danarto, M.Ag. implored all scholarship students to give their best when learning to contribute to the nation, Islam, and the organization. “Students who have received this scholarship needs to remember that this was given by the people. Therefore, you must return something to them after your tenure in UMY,” He stated. (ak)