Special Open-Meeting of Senate of Universitas Pattimura for the purpose of celebrating the 53rd Dies Natalis and Graduation Event of Universitas Pattimura for the term April 2016 had been carry out in the main auditorium on 21 April 2016. There were 983 graduates that were inaugurated in the event. The graduates consist of 76 postgraduates, 23 medical professional graduates, and 884 undergraduates.
Rector, Prof. Saptenno (right) congratulates a Law Faculty graduate
In details of the 884 undergraduates, 76 graduates from Law Faculty, 100 graduates from Social and Political Sciences Faculty, 188 from Economic Faculty, 395 from Teacher Training and Education Science Faculty, 66 from Agriculture Faculty, 48 from Fishery and Marine Science Faculty, 7 graduates from Engineering Faculty, 55 graduates from Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty, and 9 graduates from Medical Faculty.
The cum laude award was awarded to Dedi Bagong, SE, the graduate from Accounting Study Program of Economic Faculty with grade (IPK) of 3,95 for duration of study 3 years and 7 months. The cum laude award for postgraduate level was awarded to Abdul Rachman Tatuhey from the Public Administration Study Program of Social and Political Sciences Faculty with duration of study 1 year and 3 months.
Rector of Universitas Pattimura (UNPATTI), Prof. Dr. Marthinus J. Saptenno, SH. M.Hum, in the graduation speech offered the congratulations to all graduates who were able to finish their study. “The graduation event is an important moment which has a special meaning to the graduates. This event marks the end of study period and the beginning of the period to apply the knowledge within working environment and the community. Use this event to mark the time to increase the efforts and work hard to gain success in the future” stated Prof. Saptenno.
In the framework of long-term development until 2030, Unpatti is directed to become an education institution based-on excellent research towards the development in maritime field that can compete in the International level. Rector optimistically stated that the long-term goals of the university would be achieved with the availability of current human resources at Unpatti that would be supported by an accurate and systematic planning enhanced by the commitment from all parts within the University to achieve the development targets.
At the graduation event, rector urged all sections within the University to agree on the following issues, first, to construct a long-term development plan and to revise the strategic planning of the University. Second, synchronizing the Operational Planning based-on the five academic pillars; Education, Research, Community Services, Cooperation and Management. Third, implementing the Operational Planning starting on the fiscal year of 2017. Fourth, to stepped-up the efforts in the development of the University which is based on the five academic pillars within the planning and implementation of budgeting at all faculty, department, and institutional levels.
In the efforts to increase the Estimated Education Participation Index and to answer the needs of job markets in relation to the construction of Masela Block Project, and the management of other natural resources In Maluku, then, it is the time for Unpatti to add new study programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The planning to open new study programs is in the process, and once finished, it would be presented to the Government.
Rector recalled the message from the Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education on his inauguration day on 24 February 2016, in which, the Minister in his speech urged Unpatti to provide related skilled human resources needed in engineering, social sciences, and management sciences in order to accommodate the challenges in the needs for professional workers in the construction of Masela Block Project refinery. As the follow up to the message, Unpatti is currently working to open the Mining and Oil study program and faculty.
At the event, rector also reminded and urged all graduates to offer their thanks regarding the achievements they have made, and to present the achievements to their parents and families, husbands, wives, and event to their children. Rector stated, “ I believe that through the achievements and the blessings that all of you have obtained, all of you should always remember and appreciate the efforts and supports that have given by your families towards your success”.
In closing the speech, rector said “to the parents, the University offers its gratitude towards your trusts in letting the University to educate your children, hope and pray that the graduates would have successful endeavors in their future carriers”.
The representative for the Governor of Maluku Province, Drs. Frangky Renjaan, M.Pd. MH, the First Assistance to the Governor, read the Governor’s speech for the celebration of the 53rd Dies Natalis of Universitas Pattimura.
There are 3 meaning obtained from the existence of Unpatti as a higher education institution in Maluku. First, the University was build based on the pillar of Pancasila Democracy and it has become the center to develop nationalism towards the Nation. Therefore, building the University means building the foundation and Nationalism fortress. If this principle is understood, the University was build to strengthen the culture of Maluku. Therefore, the choice to build the University in Maluku is the right choice to integrate Maluku culture as a part of the National culture. Second, the establishment of Unpatti is an acknowledgement of the Republic and Nation towards the existence of Maluku as a province which contributes to the creation of Indonesia as a country. Third, the existence of Unpatti is a confirmation that in the East of Nusantara, the development of Unpatti represents the development of Maluku.
“This graduation event indicates that the dynamics of education in Maluku is still on the pace, and it has gained its revival momentum in the middle of education problems and obstacles in Maluku. There is joy shown today, since it is the first time for the new rector, Prof. Saptenno to lead the graduation event and the extraordinary senate public meeting for April 2016. This a sign that there is a continuation in the succession of leaders within the University as it is should be”, Mr. Renjaan stated.
In the closing of Governor’s speech, Mr. Renjaan offers his congratulations towards all achievements made by Unpatti, furthermore, he said “we still have the responsibilities to prepare Maluku’s future, that is a progressive Maluku, Maluku with highest standards because Maluku has the potential human resources with high competitiveness power”.
Alumni presentation to the Alumni Association of Universitas Pattimura was carried out through the symbolic presentation of the graduates from rector to the chairman of Unpatti Alumni Association, Dr. Romelus Far-Far who also has an official position as the head of Marine and Fishery Office of Maluku Province.
Alumni presentation from Rector, Prof. Saptenno to the chairman of the Alumni Association, Dr. Romelus Far-Far (above)