Following a scolding Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Padjadjaran University, Bandung Surahman Eri said, starting this year it would reduce the quota of foreign students. However, the percentage of quota that needs to be calculated carefully.

During a visit to Bandung, Monday (11 / 5), the minister warned that Indonesia still needs a lot of energy medicine. He also requested that medical schools do not receive many foreign students. "Each year the Faculty of Medicine Padjadjaran University receives about 300 new students. Of that amount 2.5 percent are foreign students and generally from Malaysia," said Jerry.

He said that amount has not exceeded the limits set at 10 per cent of Higher Education. "However, if it were asked to reduce it we will try. Moreover, this year we have the cooperation of medical students with scholarship acceptance of the Government of West Java province," said Jerry.

However, continued ERI, the reduction of quotas could not be immediately executed, but there should be talks with the Malaysian Government. "During this time, cooperation is based on the acceptance of new students are made each year MoU with the Malaysian Government," said Jerry.


Since registration opened in an online entry, the number of interested students graduate program (S2 and S3) at the University of Padjadjaran (Padjadjaran University), Bandung, this year has doubled than previous years.

This was stated by Chairman of the Selection Sign Padjadjaran University Prof. Dr. H. Popon S Idjradinata in Bandung, Saturday (23 / 5). "Applicants to the program and S3 S2 last year about 800 people, but this year until May 16, 2009 has reached 1181 people signed up S2, and 447 people for S3," said Popon.

Popon explain, the increasing number of participants SMUP for S and S-2-3 occurred after the enactment of registration with the online system. With this system, information can spread faster so they can be accessed anywhere.

"It's easier from outside Bandung enthusiasts to get information and register from its territory without the need to come all the way to Bandung," said Popon.

Talent Scouting Unpad
Meanwhile, the announcement of a new candidate selection through the first phase delayed Scouting talent. The results should be announced on Wednesday, May 20th ago, it was postponed until the date of May 27. Unpad party was forced to postpone due to selection for students interested membludaknya achievers from areas in West Java.

Previously, Padjadjaran University opened an opportunity for all sons of the region in 2008 and 2009 high school graduates in West Java for Talent Scouting program, Padjadjaran University. Condition, they are students who excel, but hindered by the economic ability to pursue higher education.

"Interested Scouting talent this year very much. The increasing number of participants was beyond our expectation. To select all the participants it will take additional time and we apologize for this delay," said Talent Scouting Coordinator, Padjadjaran University, Ace T Hidayat, MSI, MM.


Rector of the University of Padjadjaran (Padjadjaran University) Ganjar Kurnia suggested the need for interest and ability of search programs (PMDK) which was opened specifically prospective students from the West Java region.

"The idea of this program is based on facts instead of origin Jabar least percentage of students who enrolled at Padjadjaran University. Lose far from North Sumatra and Jakarta. In fact, Padjadjaran University itself was established in administrative areas of West Java," he said in a scholarship ceremony at Padjadjaran University, Friday (23 / 1 ) afternoon.

The program became a kind of scholarship PMDK local son. Prospective students are sent and financed by local government.

"Field studies adjusted for local development plans. Then, theses directed to a strategy of development in their respective villages. If necessary element of its development, we can work together with private companies," he said.

He acknowledges, this proposal is not the first time thrown. Similar proposals have been submitted, but received less positive attention from local governments in West Java. However, he is optimistic, the year 2009 this will increase appreciation of the local government. Unpad provide 260 seats allocated to programs.

Scholarship ceremony was attended by ranks of Padjadjaran University Rectorate, Head of Education Department Wachyudin Zarkasyi Jabar, and corporate leaders scholarship funders such as the State Savings Bank, Eka Tjipta Foundation, Medco and PT Toyota Astra. In this event, symbolically handed over 11 types of scholarships to 587 students, Padjadjaran University. One of them, scholarships worth Rp 50 million cycles per student (to finish) of the West Java provincial government.


Malaysia is a country sending the most students to study at Padjadjaran University (Universitas Padjadjaran) Bandung. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to their favorite faculty at Padjadjaran University in addition to the Faculty of Economics and Engineering.

"Malaysia is still the largest, currently about 130 in number of students," said Rector of the University of Padjadjaran in Bandung, Prof. Dr. Ganjar Kurnia, Saturday (8 / 8) in Bandung.

Most of the students that the neighbor country of origin enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. In addition, the amount of applicants to other faculties, especially in the Faculty of Agriculture, began to rise.

Ganjar states, interest in learning Malaysian students studying in Indonesia is quite high. High interest is not affected by the fixed quota granted each year.

"During this time, Padjadjaran University in cooperation with the University of Malaya, Malaysian. In addition to receiving Malaysian students studying here, was also carried out exchanges of students and learning programs for faculty," said Rector Unpad it.

In addition to students from Malaysia, a number of foreign students from other ASEAN countries also exist in the Padjadjaran University. In fact, Faculty of Agriculture, Padjadjaran University in cooperation with research with the University of Malaya in the development of herbal plants.

Padjadjaran University will host the Seminar on Indonesia-Malaysia Campus (SKIM) in November 2009 in Bandung. Related to the criticism about the acceptance of foreign students who are too much, by Ganjar Kurnia, it did not matter, moreover, she added, during this process is still running and does not violate existing rules or procedures.

"Unpad follow the rules of the Department of Education, the acceptance of foreign students we do not contradict with the rules of the National Education Ministry," said Ganjar.

This year, Padjadjaran University receives approximately 7500 new students through a national selection into public universities (SNMPTN), selection of incoming Padjadjaran University (SMUP), scholarship administration, selection of regional cooperation, and acceptance of the D3/D4 program.


Padjadjaran University's reputation in the international world is getting better. This is one of them is visible from the higher ranking based on survey results Webometrics Unpad.

Based on the latest releases as of January 26 Webometrics, Padjadjaran University web site located at position 2730 of the world. In fact, in July 2008, the position is still in the order of 4110, Padjadjaran University. University of Indonesia origin occupying the highest position is the University Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, with a rating of 623.

Institutions headquartered in Madrid, Spain, conducted a survey of 16 000 colleges worldwide. The survey bases its assessment of the website, especially the large number of pages, visibility, and external networks connected to the web site.


Editorial’s foreword:
To know more about the lecturers teaching in University of Padjadjaran (Unpad), starting from the beginning of July 2010 we present Unpad lecturers in a new column named “Knowing Unpad Lecturers”. Every Sunday, Unpad website will bring up one figure from lecturers. On this edition, we carry out a story of Hana Rizmadewi, SKp., MN. from Unpad Nursing Faculty.

If you would like to recommend Unpad lecturers to be published in this column, we’ll be waiting for the recommendation along with brief interesting information about the lecturer at our email info@unpad.ac.id and cc to webunpad@yahoo.com. No one ever thought that in a relatively young age, Hana Rizmadewi Agustina, S.Kp, MN., have been trusted to be Vice Dean for Academic in Nursing Faculty Unpad and. She is in fact also one of the youngest vice dean in Unpad. The trust she got was not without any reasons, it is because she had a strong personality, brilliant innovations, and high spirit as her main assets.
“Actually I never felt like I had many specialties, but maybe it’s because I had more chance to get it first. This position is a form of extra ordinary trust and support for me,” said the woman who was born in Bandung on 6 August 1977. Besides trusted to be vice dean since 2009, Hana also worked as the Head of Information and Technology Development Section in Nursing Faculty Unpad.

The creative proof done by the woman who took her Master of Nursing Degree in Monash University Australia was by developing a learning concept based on SCL (Student Centered Learning) with blended learning method which is a composition of face to face learning with e-learning. After appointed as the distance learning coordinator in 2008, Hana with her team launched a pilot project to implement distance learning in Unpad Nursing Faculty for Indonesian nurses working in Kuwait through extension programs.

Eventually, Unpad Nursing Faculty has graduated its first year of extension program consisting 24 students who studied for three semesters. This outcome was quite something for Hana because it was the department she led that was asked to implement the first distance learning in Unpad.

“This was a main topic in Unpad because it’s still new. But after we discussed it and the Rector also facilitated, the new method can be carried out,” explained Hana who is also working as an instructor in Unpad Center of e-learning Development.

For the mother of twin, the space given by Nursing Faculty to its lecturers made her develop many things and keep her work creatively, including the idea about teaching system which collaborated SCL concept with e-learning. According to her, the conventional teaching method is lacking in ways of digging students potentials.

“After comparing before and after implying the system, there were real differences. Students were more self-confident, they learned and express more about the aspects they learned at that time,” she said.

As an education catalyst, Hana realized that she needs to expand not only in teaching but also in research. To her, research is very important for scientific development, especially nursing sciences. Through research, lecturers can explore further more about the aspects of their science and find new things as modified founding that has existed.

“I believe that all lecturers need to have a research, once a year minimally. This is also what have been our concern in the Nursing Faculty because it is urgent,” added the vice dean who loved travelling and singing.

While asked about how she first got interested in nursing, Hana admitted that it was only a try at first because she never dreamed of becoming a nurse. Hana wanted to be a technician but her destiny said otherwise and made her way to take nursing in Unpad.

“Everything was just a coincidence. I thought nursing was still new at that time, so I tried it. Now I thank God for giving me this grace,” she said.

She has a big hope for nursing development in Indonesia. This was shown by the message she mentioned. Her dedication can inspire many people, especially her own students.

“The education quality, every one’s commitment, and the willingness to learn are what are needed for my profession to further show its existence in the future. Be independent and try to be more communicative with the environment, willing to work hard and show good character for the students who want to be success,” she ended.


Indonesians should be grateful for the abundance of natural resources useful for various commodities. Some of the commodities mainly concerned currently is the use of plans as bio diesel which comes from Jatropha Curcas (Castor Oil) and bio-ethanol form cassava. The use of both plantations as an alternative energy was interestingly discussed in an international seminar themed “Agriculture for the Development on Second Bio-energy to Reduce Climate Change Effect” in The 53rd International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) World Congress held by IAAS Local Committee Unpad. The seminar took place in Bale Rumawat Padjadjaran, Dipati Ukur Street No. 35 Bandung, Monday (26/07).

In the opportunity, Chemistry Professor from Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty Unpad, Prof. Dr. Wawang Soratno, MS., explained that plant development in use as fuel like castor oil is now needed. In the middle of oil shortage, bio diesel is now an interesting alternative energy to further develop.

“Why is biodiesel use very important for Indonesia? Because of less oil availability, the prices are just higher. Right now Indonesia is importing 7 million liters per year or around 30 percent from national need of oil. Meanwhile, the national energy supply is shorter. Biodiesel technology production is relatively simple, easy to develop and mastered by Indonesians. Besides that, Indonesia also has abundant biodiesel resources,” explained Prof. Wawang who is also the Head of Unpad Basic Science Training Center.

Meanwhile, Bambang Priyatna, Ak., MSA., from Madani Energies explained that the biodiesel industry developments’ prospect is quite promising. Not only since the abundant sources, in fact is the manufacture process also quite easy and cheap. In cassava biodiesel industry that he concentrates on currently, he calculated a total of 2 billion rupiahs machine investment and the capital needed in nine months are Rp 25 million. From that amount, if a farmer produced 200 tons of cassava sold for Rp 400/kg, then the farmer will gain benefit around Rp 55 million.

“The use of cassava bio ethanol is more economical that LPG. Other than that, use of cassava also share more benefit since all of its parts can be used, as glucose, ethanol, bio-kerosene, and tapioca,” he said.

In the seminar mediated by Prof. Dr. M. Ade Moetangad Kramadibrata, the congress was participated by 13 countries of IAAS members such as Belgium, Mexico, Uganda, Spain, Poland, Russia, German, USA, Swiss, Netherland, Slovenia, Portugal, and Indonesia. The delegations from Indonesia was represented by students from Institute of Agriculture Bogor, University of Brawijaya, and of course Unpad. The delegations from Unpad at that chance were Aurora Septi (Industrial Agricultural Technology Faculty 2007), M. Haidar Helmi (Agricultural Faculty 2007) and Femmy Nur Basri (alumnus Agricultural Faculty 2004).

The congress took place in four cities, Malang, Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta. The participants don’t only follow the seminar but also involved in discussions and visits to several companies and tourism sites.

In the one held in Unpad, other than international seminar, IAAS committee also conducted a Poster Competition themed “Sustainable Energy” for high school students and college students. In the competition, Muhammad Noor Rizal (Letter Faculty), Sandi P (Psychology Faculty), and Jihad Akbar (Communication Faculty) came up as winners. They deserved a certificate and prize in form of cash.