Inauguration of Prof. Dr. M. J. Sapteno, S.H., M.Hum – Unpatti Rector 2016-2020

The new elected rector of Pattimura University (Unpatti) for the term 2016-2020, Prof. Dr. Marthinus Johanes Sapteno, S.H., M.Hum was inaugurated by the Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education in Jakarta on 24 January 2016.

Inauguration of the new rector

Shaking hands – Mohammad Nasir (left),  M.J. Sapteno (right). Photo credit:

In the inaugural speech by the Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Mohammad Nasir said that Unpatti should support the development processes in Maluku, one of these processes is to provide skilled human resources, especially in anticipating the operation of Masela Block gas field which would need a high number of human resources.

The Minister added that the Government supports Unpatti in the process of providing skilled human resources in Maluku. “ We (the Ministry) will support Pattimura University hence it could have suitable study programs to answer the human resources needs of Masela Block gas field. Geology study program should be opened, for this need we (the Ministry) will provide the mandate. Masela Block project has to be filled with the worker from Eastern Indonesia. This is a hard challenge, the Director General will support it and later the detailed discussion regarding what kind of the study programs are needed would be held”, said the Minister.

He stated that once the needs of Masela Block are known then a mandate would be issued. In supporting the task, then assistances would be prepared, and these could come from ITB, UGM, ITS or other universities. “This is to ensure that the program would be well carried out”, said the Minister.

The minister also stressed that the Aru Islands should be given attention since it will become the entry to the Masela Block project. “ Therefore, rector should have big plans in order to compete in the global stage, this is the challenge”, the Minister emphasized.

Later the Minister stated “the Ministry will issue a mandate, which means that there would be a special administration works that would be given in order to support Unpatti to form the needed study programs, such as Geology, Chemistry, Technology, and so on”. “When the decision regarding the Masela Block has been announced by the President, we (the Ministry) will issue the mandate”. “We want Moluccan community to play important roles in Masela Block Project and not only become spectators. This is a big opportunity for Maluku, since Masela Block is the biggest natural gas block in the world” stressed the Minister, Mohammad Nasir.

In the occasion, the Minister Mohammad Nasir also thanked and acknowledged the previous rector Prof. Dr. Thomas Pentury, M.Si (term 2012-2016) for the hard works and services given.

The inaugural event was attended by professors, deans, lecturers from Unpatti, Echelon 1 staffs of the Ministry, and the prominent members of Moluccan community in Jakarta.
(Translated from Ambon Ekspres p. 17, 26 February 2016).

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The Opening of New Doctoral Study Programs

The governor of Maluku Province Ir. Said Assagaf and Rector of Pattimura University Prof. Dr. Thomas Pentury, M.Si attended the opening event of the new doctoral study programs of Pattimura University. The new opened doctoral study programs are Law Science of Law Faculty and Marine Science of Fishery and Marine Science Faculty. The event was held on 9 February 2016 at Swiss Bell Hotel Ambon.

The opening of the new doctoral study programs was granted by the Government through the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Decree Number 28/KPT/2016 dated 20 January 2016.

Ir. Said Assagaff commented that the opening of the new doctoral study program in Law and Marine Science is an acknowledgement from the Government towards the improvement of lecturer competency and availability of academic infrastructure at Pattimura University.

In his speech, Ir. Said Assagaff stated that with the opening of the two new doctoral study programs, the programs could be used to answer the challenges in providing skilled human resource in Maluku. “The existence of the two new doctoral study programs could answer the challenges and our needs in Maluku”, said Assagaff.

Furthermore, the Governor added that producing graduated students which have ability in scientific research in order to formulate new approach that suit the needs to solve problems and development challenges in archipelago province. In addition, it would help in the context of a better and accurate Law interpretation.

Continued the speech, the governor emphasized that Maluku has vast number of natural resources, which currently cannot fully utilized for a better living condition. This is caused by several fundamental factors. One of these factors is that the socio-cultural paradigm of the National development direction is too oriented toward continental development plan.

In a judicial view, the current Law system inherited in Indonesia is sided to the continental-based development plan. However, the technical skills and the quality of human resources to answer the needs of continental-based development plan are not adequately available.

Therefore, the opening of the new doctoral study program in Law and Marine Sciences provide possibilities by which the postgraduate program could be a Center of Excellence in higher education and in the development of science, technology and art which are based on an archipelago-based context.

It is inline with the vision and mission of Pattimura University. This is related to a firm development condition in Maluku that was based on the principles of peaceful, religious, prosperity, security, high quality and it is driven by Siwalima democratic spirit in a sustainable archipelago-based foundation.

In the occasion, Rector, Prof. Dr. Thomas Pentury, M.Si, emphasized that the opening of the new doctoral study programs has open a new accessed area in Pattimura University. In addition, it shows the acknowledgement of the Government through the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education towards the quality of academic staff in postgraduate study at Pattimura University.

Prof. Pentury acknowledged that the initial signs for the opening of these two new study programs had been shown about two years ago. In this context, the permission to open master and doctoral study programs had been prepared through the preparation of academic infrastructure and the academic staff prior to receiving the operational permission.

Rector added that for the two new study programs that are recently opened, had received operational permission and are required to continue with the development of management capacity, hence the programs could produced skilled human resource in the future.