Surabaya, July 27, 2023 – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek), through the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology, has implemented the Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) policy for State Universities (PTN). The policy’s implementation is specified in the Minister of Education and Culture Regulation No. 03 of 2020 concerning National Higher Education Standards and the Minister of Education and Culture’s Decree No. 3/M/2021 on the Key Performance Indicators of State Universities (IKU-PTN).
Based on the IKU PTN achievements, the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology calculates points and scores for each PTN. The point calculation system for achieving IKU targets is designed to reward institutions that meet the gold standard and show performance improvement from the previous year. The achievement of the gold standard is the benchmark for the excellence of universities. The Directorate General establishes the performance ranking of PTNs using a league system, including PTNs under legal entities, PTNs under the State Budget, and PTNs under a specific government agency (Satker). Each league is assessed using a competitive curve. The bottom-level IKU achievement scores 20%, while the middle-level IKU achievement scores 70%.
According to data from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology’s IKU achievement information system, the University of Education Indonesia (UPI) has achieved a significant increase in IKU performance in 2022. Previously, UPI was in the bottom league with an IKU score of 20%. However, in 2022, it made a remarkable improvement and reached the middle league with an IKU score of 70.3%. The data indicates that UPI has met the gold standard target and demonstrated excellence based on the competitive curve set by the Directorate General.
As a follow-up to the IKU achievement implementation, the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology has prepared incentives for PTNs that meet the gold standard and are recognized as the best in their respective leagues. Additionally, they provide additional funding assistance for PTNs under the State Budget. Currently, UPI has experienced a 100% increase in funding from the LPDP. This increase is based on the significant improvement in UPI’s IKU achievements.
Prof. Dr. Amir Machmud, M.Si, as the coordinator of IKU 4, explained that the comparison between the IKU achievements in 2021 and 2022 shows a significant 100% improvement for UPI. Previously ranked in the bottom group, UPI has now moved up to the middle league with a score of 70.3%. This means that out of the 8 IKUs, 6 have surpassed the gold standard, and the remaining 2 IKUs have also seen significant improvements.
He further explained that the evaluation of UPI’s IKU performance aims to maintain the achievements in the 6 IKUs while striving to improve the other 2 IKUs. Various challenges faced by the University of Education Indonesia in IKU achievement lie in administrative and recognition aspects, especially for students’ activities outside the campus, which must adhere to the guidelines and regulations of the Directorate General.
Prof. Dr. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd., MA, the Rector of the University of Education Indonesia, expressed gratitude and high appreciation to the Chairman, Secretary, and Members of the Board of Trustees, Academic Senate, Professors, Vice Rectors, University Secretary, Deans and Vice Deans of Faculties, Directors and Vice Directors of Graduate Schools, Directors and Vice Directors of UPI Regional Campuses, Heads of Institutions and Directorates, State Bodies, Offices, Technical Implementation Units, Program Study Chairs, Lecturers, Administrative Staff, MBKM and PDDIKTI Operator Teams, BPP Team, Journal Development Team, AKSI ADB PIU, and all students at the University of Education Indonesia for their hard work in contributing to the improvement of UPI’s IKU achievements.
Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., the Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs, also conveyed appreciation and thanks for the hard work and full support from the IKU task force teams at UPI, namely Dr. Yusi Riksa Yustiana, M.Pd, as the Coordinator of IKU 1 – Graduates Obtaining Suitable Jobs; Dr. rer. nat. Asep Supriatna, M.Si, as the Coordinator of IKU 2 – Students Gaining Experience Outside the Campus; Dr. Liris Raspatiningrum, M.Pd, as the Coordinator of IKU 3 – Lecturers Engaging in Activities Outside the Campus; Prof. Dr. Amir Machmud, M.Si, as the Coordinator of IKU 4 – Practitioners Teaching on Campus; Prof. Dr. Dadang Sunendar, M.Hum, as the Coordinator of IKU 5 – Results of Lecturers’ Work Utilized by the Community or Internationally Recognized; Prof. Dr. Uyu Wahyudin, M.Pd, and Prof. Ahmad Bukhori Muslim, M.Ed., Ph.D., as Coordinators of IKU 6 – Study Programs Collaborating with World-Class Partners; Dr. Ahmad Yani, M.Si, as the Coordinator of IKU 7 – Collaborative and Participative Class; and Prof. Dr. Ratnaningsih Eko Sardjono, M.Si, as the Coordinator of IKU 8 – Study Programs with International Standards.
Referring to the IKU guidelines published by the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology, the establishment of the Key Performance Indicators for State Universities aims to achieve rapid progress in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology’s strategic plans and accelerate the transformation of higher education to become a catalyst for economic transformation, winning the global competition in the digital era, and making Indonesia prosperous.