A lot of universities including Universitas Dian Nuswantoro (UDINUS) keep producing students with integrity, character, and also brilliant mind. As a leading university in Semarang, UDINUS build student’s character through Character Building Seminar. UDINUS cooperated with Private Higher Education Coordination (Kopertis) of Region VI of Central Java to conduct the seminar.
UDINUS’ Vice Rector III of Student Affairs, Dr. Kusni Ingsih, MM said that the strengthening of student’s character should be encouraged earlier because the good values in the current condition was fading. Character building seminars could make students learn better about themselves positively, they could learn better their skills, abilities, habit, developed themselves with their mind, and also they could optimize all their hidden potentials and talents.
"We take part in the development of student character by keep showing them unity, integrity, confidence, responsibility, and also the most important thing, honesty. Our target in the future is that students will be able to achieve a very good achievement for UDINUS, "Kusni said on Wednesday 7th of March 2018.
The seminar was an annual activity from the student affairs. It was held in the Multifunction Room, at D building, UDINUS. The seminar was attended by approximately 79 students of 2014 up to 2017 who received Bidikmisi scholarship. Bidikmisi student is a student who received educational assistance from the government through the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia (Kemenristekdikti).
Bidikmisi students have to be excel in order to ensure that the recipient of the assistance from the government is really have the potential and ability to finish the education. Kusni added that she kept supervise bidikmisi students by giving them the minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and also they must have an achievement. Minimum GPA is the main requirement to get the scholarship.
"We will conduct guidance for bidikmisi students who cannot reach the GPA target. We want our students to continue to excel and have a plus point in terms of cultural character and also good deed, "she added.
Meanwhile, The Director of Student Affairs of Kopertis Region VI of Central Java, Sumarno, SE., M.SI expected that bidikmisi students were not only joined regular classes, but also joined activities that could build soft skill which will be useful in a career world.
"Kopertis Region VI wants bidikmisi students to participate in the activities of Student Activity Unit (UKM) to learn about managerial and leadership, because by following the activities of Student Activity Unit, they will learn how to manage their time and lead an organization, so that in the future, we can present graduates who can make Indonesia proud in international world, " Sumarmo concluded. (* PR / alx)