Unpad as a Corporate University: Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia Encouraged Unpad to Increase the Number of Scientific Publications
[Unpad.ac.id, 14/01/2017] On Saturday, 14 January 2017, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti) Prof. Drs. H. Mohamad Nasir, M.Sc., Ak., PhD., CA, legalized Universitas Padjadjaran as a Corporate University in Bale Sawala, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor. In his address Prof. Nasir encouraged Unpad to increase the number of scientific publications.
“I believe that Universitas Padjadjaran as Corporate University will be able to increase the number of publications,” said Prof. Nasir while delivering his speech. The transition was marked by the signing of the Declaration of Unpad as Corporate University by Prof. Nasir and Rector of Unpad Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad. The ceremony was attended by Governor of West Java Ir. H. Ahmad Heryawan, Chairperson of the Unpad Trustee Board Rudiantara, MBA., key people from the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, prominent representatives of tertiary education, top-administrative staff of Unpad, and many other honorable guests.
Prof. Nasir stated that on becoming Corporate University Unpad gained the trust of the government to manage its autonomous state on his own. The trust, mentioned by Prof. Nasir, refers not only to autonomous management, but also to a way to improve the quality of the institution.
Furthermore, Prof. Nasir emphasized that from a total number of 4,405 public and private universities in Indonesia, there are only two universities that can rank with 500 world’s best universities. As far as the ASEAN region is concerned, in terms of tertiary education Indonesia ranks four.
On the national level, Universitas Padjadjaran holds the 9th position as a university with the highest number of scientific publications in Indonesia according to the data on January 13, 2017. Prof. Nasir mentioned, Unpad would have an opportunity to improve its quality through its autonomy and would be able to be among 500 world’s best universities.
By encouraging the increase in the number of publication, Prof. Nasir expects the research results to go beyond library archives as well as the beyond the borders of Indonesia. Currently, the ministry has been considering various regulations that will enable the civitas academica in universities to produce national and international scientific publications.
“As far as professors are concerned, we require each of them to produce an international publication once a year and once in two years for associate professors. For doctoral student, graduation requirements should include publications in international journals, and students pursuing a Master degree must publish their research results in accredited national journals.”
Prof. Nasir also mentioned that faculty leaders should also encourage these tendencies. Any dean has the authority to require lecturers to do publication. “We should observe the increase in number of publication if lecturers produce 25-30 international publications each year. Multiplied by the number of faculties in Unpad, this increase will be enormously tangible,” he continued.
In addition to encouraging the increase in number of publications, Corporate University was also given the mandate to be able to manage its financial system more efficiently. Unpad should be able to create the financial system which will not be burden for the students.
In terms of financial management, UnPad is encouraged to become a holding university or a university based on innovation. Corporate University must be able to create a range of innovative research that can be used as one source of income. “It can generate revenue to the operational needs of the university,” said Prof. Nasir.
Meanwhile, the Rector said that with the transformation of Unpad in a Corporate University, Universitas Padjadjaran would be expected to become an independent university, with greater excellence and benefit. An important thing to do is to make adjustments to the governance and organization, and to find effective ways to deal with bureaucracy. To realize its academic strength as a powerful resource of Coporate University, Unpad has a variety of reputable research and culture centers.
The chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Unpad Rudiantara, MBA., emphasized that the transition was not only about the changing of the status, but it was also about the change in the way the university should be managed from now on. It should be put into practice on all levels of the university management, including the university administration, the Trustee Board, the Academic Senate, lecturers, employees, and students.
He pointed out that in the area of financial management UnPad today would no longer focus on accountants perspective, but it would rely on the corporate perspective. Thus, Unpad should be able to maximize all assets and resources to earn benefit. “Benefits appear when we are able to provide additional value,” said Rudiantara.*