Declaration of the Integrity Zone Development Towards a Corruption-Free and Clean and Service-Oriented Bureaucracy at the University of Education Indonesia (UPI)

In a recent interview, the Rector of the University of Education Indonesia (UPI), Prof. Dr. H. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd., M.A., emphasized the urgent need to declare the initiation of the Integrity Zone (ZI) development towards a Corruption-Free Zone (WBK) and a Clean and Service-Oriented Bureaucracy (WBBM). He stated that this declaration solidifies their commitment to building an Integrity Zone that is free from corruption and dedicated to providing quality services, with the ultimate goal of making UPI a Corruption-Free Zone (WBK) and a Clean and Service-Oriented Bureaucracy (WBBM).

The Rector further highlighted the principle and urgency of this endeavor, emphasizing that the time has come to earnestly realize these objectives in the current era.

He expressed hope that through this declaration, the UPI community would be even more confident and committed to transforming UPI into a corruption-free institution that serves with friendliness, quality, and cleanliness.

The primary purpose of establishing the Integrity Zone is to create a professional bureaucracy characterized by adaptability, integrity, high performance, freedom from Corruption, Collusion, and Nepotism (KKN), capable of serving the public neutrally, dedicatedly, and upholding the core values and ethics of public service.

The Integrity Zone designation is awarded to government institutions whose leaders and staff are committed to achieving WBK and WBBM through bureaucratic reform, especially in corruption prevention and improving the quality of public services.

The decision to build an Integrity Zone at UPI is based on the understanding that the prevailing bureaucratic mindset and work culture do not fully support a professional bureaucracy. Additionally, the quality of public services has not met public expectations. The internal supervision system has not functioned effectively as a quality assurance mechanism, and monitoring, evaluation, and assessment systems need improvement. Furthermore, human resource management practices require optimization to enhance professionalism, and program and activity implementation should be more standardized and based on established procedures.

To build the Integrity Zone, the commitment of every level of leadership followed by all employees is essential. Competent, friendly, and trustworthy human resources should be available to provide services, and their service users must be identified. Continuous monitoring and evaluation must be conducted, and communication strategies should be established to ensure that ZI development activities are known and understood by the public.

The success indicators of the Integrity Zone are measured by a clean and accountable bureaucracy, an effective and efficient bureaucracy, and a bureaucracy that provides quality public services.

As part of the initial stage in the overall development process of the Integrity Zone, 13 academic unit leaders at UPI have declared the initiation of the development. These include the Deans of the Faculty of Education (FIP), Faculty of Language and Literature Education (FPBS), Faculty of Mathematics and Science Education (FPMIPA), Faculty of Technology and Vocational Education (FPTK), Faculty of Sports and Health Education (FPOK), Faculty of Early Childhood Education (FPEB), and the Faculty of Sport Science (FPSD); the Director of the Graduate School; and the Directors of the UPI campuses in various regions, namely UPI Tasikmalaya Campus, UPI Serang Campus, UPI Sumedang Campus, UPI Purwakarta Campus, and UPI Cibiru Campus.