Yogyakarta, wapresri.go.id – Before leaving for Jakarta, Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin inspects the construction of the Nahdlatul Ulama University (UNU) Yogyakarta Integrated Campus Building on Jl. West Ringroad, Hamlet, Dowangan, Gamping, Sleman Regency, Tuesday (25/10/2022).

On this occasion, the Vice President revealed that with the construction of a new campus building, UNU would become a model for developing superb human resources (HR) for NU members and all Indonesian people.

“We hope that UNU Yogyakarta, firstly, can produce superb professionals, especially among NU residents and all Indonesian people, and [secondly] also become a kind of model that can later become an example for other UNUs in Indonesia,” he hoped.

The Vice President also appreciated all relevant parties who have worked hard to build the new UNU building according to the predetermined target, especially the Governor of DIY, who has contributed to preparing the land.

“I also express my appreciation for UNU’s development plan. Although UNU is a new institution, it has been able to be at the forefront of programs to prepare professional human resources because it is managed specifically using a special strategy,” he said.

In the future, the Vice President hopes that other UNUs can learn from UNU Yogyakarta, especially regarding the management and development of a more modern campus.

“We hope that there will be studies from other UNUs. Even though the building is not like this, for example, [but] the management, the result, can be close to [like UNU Yogyakarta],” he concluded.

In line with the Vice President, UNU Yogyakarta Chancellor Widya Priyahita Pudjibudojo said that UNU Yogyakarta wanted to become NU’s flagship campus producing excellent professionals.

“Because we saw at the time of reflection, it seems that NU lacks professional cadres who will later enter into many sectors, including information technology (IT), health, and many other sectors, [including in] BUMN,” said Widya.

“This campus is expected to become a center for developing professional NU cadres,” he added.

For information, reported by a press release of UNU Yogyakarta, the construction of this integrated campus will begin in 2021 and become part of the acceleration of the development of UNU Yogyakarta. This includes improving governance, infrastructure, and networking, especially the implementation of the tri dharma program of higher education, namely education, research, and service.

Consisting of a 9-story building, this integrated campus occupies an area of 7,478 m2 with a building area of 16,769 m2 which includes a lobby, classrooms, a laboratory, a library, communal space, and office space, to a roof garden. The building is also designed in a modern fashion with an environmentally friendly green building concept using the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. Not only that, but this building is also disabilities-friendly.

In his statement, the Chancellor of UNU Yogyakarta, Widya Priyahita, hoped that the transfer of this building would be a symbol of a new era of UNU Yogyakarta, which is more advanced, more adaptive to rapid global changes.

“The construction of the Yogyakarta UNU integrated campus uses the State Budget of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) worth Rp. 167.5 billion was carried out by the contractor PT PP Urban and the supervisor of PT Cakra Manggilingan Jaya. Currently, the building construction process is on target, reaching 63%, and is planned to be completed in mid-March 2023,” he explained.

Furthermore, Widya explained that the revitalization is one of UNU Yogyakarta’s efforts to realize the vision of “Being NU’s Leading Institution in Printing Excellent Professionals in Various Strategic Fields at National and Global Levels” and striving to become “The Leading Professional Hub University.”

As for making it happen, a 5-GO acceleration strategy is carried out, which includes Go Innovative, Go Digital, Go Collab, Go Professional, and Go Global.

UNU Yogyakarta is one of the universities under the auspices of the Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU). Founded in 2017, UNU Yogyakarta is currently supported by 138 lecturers and employees with 1,670 active students. This campus has five faculties and 11 study programs,” he said.

The five faculties, continued Widya, consist of the Faculty of Halal Industry, the Faculty of Dirasah Islamiyah, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Information Technology, and the Faculty of Education. The 11 study programs include Agribusiness, Agricultural Product Technology, Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, Accounting, Management, Electrical Engineering, Informatics, Computer Engineering, English Language Education, and Elementary School Teacher Education.

“This year, UNU Yogyakarta underwent a leadership transformation which was mostly filled by the younger generation and became a momentum for accelerating university development. UNU Yogyakarta is currently preparing several flagship programs, including establishing a “Graduate School of Future Studies” and “Graduate School of Islam and the Future” in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates. The signing of the MoU was carried out in July 2022 in the presence of President Joko Widodo and President of the UAE Mohamed bin Zayed,” he explained.

Finally, Widya said that the next flagship program of UNU Yogyakarta was the establishment of “Future Vocational Schools” and “Future Polytechnics” in the Batang Integrated Industrial Estate (KITB).

“This vocational school and polytechnic are the result of collaboration between UNU Yogyakarta and various parties, including the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Manpower, KITB managers, the Batang Regency Government, and PBNU,” he concluded.

In addition to the UNU Chancellor, the Governor of DIY Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, UNU Deputy Chancellor Abdul Gofar, Secretary General of the Ministry of PUPR Muhamad Zainal Fatah, Director of Strategic Infrastructure of the Ministry of PUPR Essy Asiah, Secretary of PWNU DIY Muhajir, and Director of the PT PP Urban Development Project Arso Anggoro.

Meanwhile, the Vice President was accompanied by the Head of the Vice President Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Government Policy Support and National Insight Velix Wanggai, Special Staff for the Vice President Masduki Baidlowi, Masykuri Abdillah, Robikin Emhas, and Expert Team of Vice President Farhat Brachma. (SM/LHS-BPMI, Setwapres)