Virtual Campus Launching of Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah

The Launching of Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah Virtual Campus

Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah (SiberMu) launched the SiberMu virtual campus on Wednesday (05/09). The launching was held as the first year commemoration of the campus since it received an operational permit from the Ministry. On this occasion, the President of Muhammadiyah Central Board, Prof Dr. KH Haedar Nashir, M.Si; the Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development (CHERD); the Daily Advisory Board of SiberMu, Prof Dr. Chairil Anwar; the SiberMu Chancellor, Dr. Ir Bambang Riyanta ST MT; academic civitas; various partners, colleagues, and guests joined the in-person meeting.

After reciting of Qur’an and singing the national anthem “Indonesia Raya” and Muhammadiyah song “Sang Surya”, it continued with short remarks and immersive technology explanation by Dr. Bambang Riyanta. He also officially opened the launch by reporting the current development of SiberMu after receiving an operational permit. According to him, SiberMu serves as a big opportunity to use immersive technology in providing a deep immersion in an artificial environment in real life. In his explanation, SiberMu has over 1,200 applicants from 34 different provinces.

Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah Chancellor, Dr. Ir. Bambang Riyanta, S.T., M.T. delivered his remarks
Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah Chancellor, Dr. Ir. Bambang Riyanta, S.T., M.T. delivered his remarks


The Introduction of Immersive Technology from Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah

Dr. Bambang Riyanta hinted that SiberMu would apply its service development based on immersive technology. “It includes virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality,” he said. He admitted that they respond to the demand to develop the concept by various metaverse developments globally.

He also presented the virtual campus of SiberMu which was in development. The virtual campus presented was complete with a rectorate building, library, and faculty building. “It was expected that the virtual campus can facilitate the student-to-student interaction based on virtual reality. Later, it will be a HoloLens microscope to design a laboratory based on augmented reality that needs more psychomotor aspects,” he added.

On the launching, the virtual campus becomes the main agenda to be presented. “It needs Muhammadiyah support because it can be a new beginning of progressive Muhammadiyah values,” he hoped. To launch the virtual campus officially, Prof Dr. KH Haedar Nashir inaugurated the SiberMu campus by stating basmallah.

Introduction of Immersive Technology from Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah
Introduction of Immersive Technology from Universitas Siber Muhammadiyah


Messages from President of Muhammadiyah Central Board

After the inauguration of the SiberMu virtual campus, he mentioned several highlights of the metaverse that became the main issue in the virtual world. He emphasized that technology should have positive benefits for people. “Do not use technology to be a threat to human civilization and relations. It depends on how we serve human leadership on earth,” he highlighted.

He also mentioned three noble values in Islam. First, Bayani as Islam educational system has a major turning point as the source of knowledge. Second, Burhani is as educational system based on the mind (al-’aql) and empiricism (al-tajribah). Third, Irfani as an educational system based on al-’ilm al-hudluri, a human can maximize his mind’s potency to create expediency in the world and at once their safety in the after-life.

Furthermore, he also emphasized that the Moslem value of life towards the world as “only amusement and diversion” always be translated negatively, but it could be different with the advancement of technology. “We think that we should be cautious about the world due to its materialistic and hedonistic. However, we present the world as amusement and we construct it to be more valuable,” he said. He continued that it will change our perspective about life because this current life is multidimensional and multi-perspective.

Three Islamic values that he explained will be a foundation for how civilized people are. “(Our) value of life will save the human race (on earth),” he said. To attain the goal, he added, we should make sure that religion and Pancasila can be understood with a wide range and depth of perspective. Because when the fundamental values in the state of mind would be misunderstood, it is widely affected to the core of life. “Do not stop learning and master your mind. Use this immersive world for the enlightenment preaching practices, educate and save humans and all entities in the universe. That is what we called rahmatan lil ‘alamin,” he concluded.

UMSIDA International Seminar Invites Various International Experts

UMSIDA International Seminar Invites Various International Experts

Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo (UMSIDA) held an international seminar on hybrid method in Tuesday (04/10). The seminar that raised “Improving the Quality of Islamic Higher Education in Indonesia towards the Era of Global Competition” was located in KH Mas Mansyur hall, First Campus of UMSIDA. The Hall was filled with 200 students who followed the seminar offline, while the other 400 students joined online. It was organized by the Islamic Studies Faculty (FAI) UMSIDA.

On this occasion, the keynote speakers from this international seminar came from various countries, including the UMSIDA Chancellor, Dr. Hidayatulloh MSi, and Associate Professor in Cotabato State University, The Philippines, Prof Nhelbourne Mohammad Ph.D. In addition, the Member Board of Director Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (uniSZA), Malaysia, Prof Abdul Hakim Abdullah, and the Jami’ah Al-Qur’an Al Karim Khartoum professor, Prof Dr. Faizal Mahmud Adam Ibrahim attended in Sidoarjo.

Furthermore, besides the keynote speakers, the seminar also invited several invited speakers from UniSZA Malaysia, Prof Dr. Engku Ahmad Zaki Engku Alwi, Prof Madya Dr. Nadhirah Nordin, Prof Madya Dr. Normadiah Daud, and Ustadz Abdul Aziz Sulaiman.

The Dean of FAI UMSIDA, Dr. Istikomah M.Ag mentioned that this scientific seminar became a milestone to achieve ASEAN Recognition for UMSIA. “One of the FAI’s programs is to establish international collaboration in 2019 as a credited student mobility program that continues with online methods. Alhamdulillah, the Covid-19 case in Indonesia has decreased. This year, FAI UMSIDA will continue the collaboration for the student exchange programs, and also joint-research between UniSZA and UMSIDA,” she said.

That Students Consistently Get JFLS Scholarship Explains What Makes Unisa Bandung A Prominent University

Consistently Get JFLS Explains What Makes Unisa Bandung Students Excellent

Universitas ‘Aisyiyah (Unisa) Bandung students reiterated in receiving Jabar Future Leader Scholarship (JFLS) from West Java provincial government. This scholarship was strong evidence to show Unisa Bandung students’ achievements. That was a statement from the Head of Student Affairs Division, Hendra Gunawan, S.Pd., M.K.M. on Monday (03/10).

Alhamdulillah, Unisa Bandung students who applied to JFLS got the scholarship. It is evidence that Unisa Bandung students have a lot of achievements. Because to gain the scholarship, they should have various accomplishments, both in academic and non-academic achievements,” Hendra said.

In an interview, Hendra said six students receive the 2022 JFLS, including Izzatul Aini (the first-year student of Nursery Science), Rahma Hariri (the third-year student of Midwifery Science), Habibah Humnah (the fourth-year student of Nursery Science), Sabilah Rahmah (the third-student of Midwifery Science), Mia Anggi (the first-year of Nursery department), and Salsa Billah (the fourth-year of Midwifery).

Sabila Rahmah, the Midwifery student, admitted that she was grateful and appreciative for receiving the scholarship. She also hoped through the scholarship, she can get various experiences and can contribute to developing West Java.

Alhamdulillah tabarakallah, I have the opportunity to get a scholarship from the governor. Besides receiving tuition fees, I hope I can get experience in volunteering and contribute to elevating Jabar,” she said.

Ababil Evo III from ECRS UMS Ready to Track Mandalika Circuit

Ababil Evo III from ECRS UMS Ready to Track Mandalika Circuit

An electric car from The Electric Car Research Center (ECRC) Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) was ready to compete in Shell Eco-marathon, an international contest on Friday (30/09). The electric car, then, was released with the ECRC team to the West Nusa Tenggara by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Sofyan Anif, M.Si, the Vice Rector III, Ihwan Susila, S.E., M.Si, Ph.D., and the Dean of Engineering Faculty, Rois, Ph.D. in the Siti Walidah Main Building. The Rector symbolically released the car by opening its black cover and handing the helmet over to the driver.

The ECRC UMS will compete in a global academic competition focused on energy optimization of Shell Eco-marathon after it passed the third phase. They will send Ababil Evo III to discover the Mandalika circuit, West Nusa Tenggara. In addition, the competition will be organized on 11-15 October 2022. The Ababil Evo III is the third generation of an electric car that elevates its qualities by improving its positive condition while decreasing the negative ones.

“I remember in the second generation, it won in a Japanese competition and it needs several parts to be fixed. For this third generation, alhamdulillah, it passes the Shell Eco-marathon,” the Rector said.

The competition by Shell is a competition to highlight the most energy-efficient vehicle, not the fastest. “The competition indicator is the energy efficiency, not the race,” said Ir Muhammad Al Fatih Hendrawan, S.T., M.T as the ECRC UMS supervisor accompanied by the Head of Student Affairs Bureau, Cholid Al Ghofari.

Nonetheless, the electric car from ECRC UMS can race at 55 Km/hour. Ababil Evo III also can track for 265,2 KM/kWh. It is an energy-efficient car that prioritizes drivers’ safety with other positive items although it is not included in the assessment. [] UMS

On the 20th Anniversary, STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau invites to Rise to Every Challenges

On the 20th Anniversary, STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau invites to Rise to Every Challenges

The College of Education and Teacher Training (STKIP) ‘Aisyiyah Riau held its 20th anniversary on Monday (05/09). The commemoration was an appreciation of the establishment of STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau in 2002, twenty years ago. The ‘Sempena Milad 20 STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau’ commemoration raises the theme ‘To Raise and Be Optimistic”. The theme portrayed the long struggle of STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau to face all challenges.

In the Sempena Milad, STKIP ‘Aisyiyah Riau invited various parties, including the Muhammadiyah Provincial Board (PWM) of Riau; Aisyiyah Provincial Board (PWA), the Boards of Mega Sharia Bank; the Boards of PT Pegadaian; the UMRI Chancellor; the autonomous organizations in Muhammadiyah; the Headmasters of Kindergarten both private and public school; the Headmasters of ‘Aisyiyah Kindergarten, Muhammadiyah Schools from Elementary to High School; and ‘Aisyiyah Council for Primary to Secondary Education (Dikdasmen); and the former Chairman of STKIP from the first period to 2021; and the Chairman from other public higher education institutions, especially the collaborative partner.

The theme “To Raise and Be Optimistic” was expected to encourage the communities to face all problems and challenges. To raise is to stand strong in every obstacle in life and believe everything will be better. Meanwhile, to be optimistic means to see everything comprehensively and better to look at the bright side to grow the positive affirmation in everything and we will learn the lesson from everything that happens.

Riau Governor Officially Closed The National Meeting of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum

Riau Governor Officially Closed The National Meeting of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum

Pekanbaru (UMRI) – The Board of Islam and Muhammadiyah (AIK) Affairs Forum of Muhammadiyah – ‘Aisyiyah Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) were warmly welcomed by the Riau Governor in Serindit Hall, Riau Governor’s Residence, Drs H Syamsuar MSi, in Pekanbaru, Saturday (01/10). That social gathering was held in reverence.

The gathering that also became a closing ceremony of the national meeting was attended by the Deputy Chair of Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD), Prof Dr. M Noor Rochman Hadjam, MA. He was also accompanied by the Chairman of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum, Prof Dr. Syamsul Arifin MSi, the Provincial Muhammadiyah Board and ‘Aisyiyah Board in Riau, and the UMRI Chancellor, Dr. H Saidul Amin MA. The closing ceremony started with the dinner with the Riau Governor and all participants and UMRI academia civitas.

“We highly appreciate choosing Riau Province as the host of this remarkable agenda. I hope what has been planned in the national meeting brings benefit to the organization and Indonesian, in general,” Syamsuar said, in his remarks.

The appreciation from Riau Province initiated by Universitas Muhammadiyah Riau impressed Prof Noor Rachman. “We are astonished by the Riau Governor’s remarks and the UMRI Chancellor’s welcome. We also want to appreciate all the hospitality and this warm welcome,” he said with enthusiastic applause.

The National Meeting of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum was officially closed by the Deputy Chair of CHERD and said farewell to all participants who would head home the next morning.

The Board was currently led by Samsul Arifin from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in 2020-2024, supported by M Ikhsan Dahlulfani from UM Metro as the Secretary and Sudaryono from UM Klaten as the Treasurer.

The closing ceremony was also attended by the First Assistance of Provincial Government Secretary, H Masrul Kasmy MSi, the Vice Rector, the Deans, and all UMRI academia civitas.

Inauguration of Musyrif and Musyrifah of Unisa Yogyakarta Student Dormitory

Inauguration of Musyrif and Musyrifah of Unisa Yogyakarta Student Dormitory

Eighteen musyrif and musyrifah (student mentors) of Universitas ‘Aisyiyah (Unisa) Yogyakarta in 2022-2023 were officially inaugurated on the local campus, Saturday (01/09). They were prepared as dormitory mentors for 1,900 incoming students in the university. On this occasion, the mentors were the scholarship awardees from Unisa Yogyakarta. Unisa also organized a selection process for 26 prospective mentors that included various selection materials, sholat (prayer) and thoharoh (cleanliness) practices, reading and writing the Qur’an, and also interviews to test their commitment.

The prospective mentors, previously, carried out two-month intensive training in the dormitory. This training aimed to build four competencies to be owned by the musyrif/musyrifah. Specifically, four competencies include religious competency, academic and intellectual competence, social-humanity, and exemplary competency which includes organization and leadership values.

The inauguration became the ceremonial induction after training for the musyrif and musyrifah that was attended by the Daily Advisory Board (BPH), Dra. Hj. Uni Hani, M.Kes; the Unisa Yogyakarta Chancellor, Warsity, S.Kp., M.Kep., Sp.Mat; the Vice Rector III for AIK (Islam and Muhammadiyah) and Student Affairs, Dr. Mufdilah, S.SiT., M.Sc; the Chairman of Islam Studies and Practices Institutes (LPPI), Dr. Islamiyaturrahman, M.Si; the Vice Dean of Health Science Faculty, Wantonoro, Ph.D.; and the Vice Dean of Economics, Social Science, and Humanities Faculty, Nur Fitri Mutmainnah, S.IP., M.P.A. The various guests from UMY University Residence Board and Muhammadiyah Students Association also witnessed the inauguration.

The Dormitory director, Royan Utsany, Lc, M.H.I highly appreciate all musyrif and musyrifah who have been patient and committed to carrying out the intensive training. “I hope that this achievement will be beneficial in the implementation of dormitory programs and also affect the quality of human resources in Unisa Yogyakarta,” he said.

In her remarks,  Warsiti, S.Kep, M.Kep, Sp.Mat, Unisa Yogyakarta chancellor, prompted all mentors to uphold noble characters and become a good example for all students in the dormitory. The procession was also witnessed by the General Secretary of Student Dormitory Management Association (ASLAMA) MHEIs, Mahfud Khoirul Amin, MSi, and took the oath of commitment from musyrif and musyrifah. 

Furthermore, the procession was closed by putting a cap (peci) for males and ID Cards from the Vice-Rector III, Dr. Mufdilah, S.SiT, M.Sc. to the musyrif and musyrifah in 2022-2023. “We expect your duties and responsibilities (in the dormitory), to assist the freshmen with 10-day assistance while they stay here, in the Unisa Yogyakarta student dormitory,” she added.

Innovation of UM Surakarta Students To Prevent Workplace Accidents

Innovation of UM Surakarta Students To Prevent Workplace Accidents

Student Creativity Program – Karsa Cipta (PKM-KC) team from Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UM Surakarta) designed an innovative automatic brake control system. The prototype can detect human objects around the blind spot area on mining heavy equipment. The equipment will automatically work to stop the engine when it comes to several conditions related to workplace accidents.

In an interview, Umi Fadillah ST, the supervisor, mentioned that the prototype uses the Internet of Things (IoT) system. It aimed to develop a prototype from various job-related accidents in Indonesian mining industries, especially in the last few years. Moreover, work accidents that were closely related to heavy equipment, can cause death. “The workers enter high-risk areas from heavy equipment. One of the possible causes is blind spots from the equipment,” she said on Friday (30/09).

The students who develop the prototype include Untung Budi Utomo, the 2020 Electrical Engineering student; Indar Hidayat and Hidayatus Sufyan, the 2019 Public Health students; and Adin Nur Rohman, the 2021 Industrial Engineering student. In the development, the innovation was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) and UM Surakarta.

She continued with the expectation that the innovation will raise the work safety rate in mining industries. “So that it can create a new space in improving the work safety based on technology,” she concluded.

UMRI Successfully Hosts Inauguration and National Meeting of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum

UMRI Successfully Hosts Inauguration and National Meeting of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum

The Boards of Islam and Muhammadiyah (AIK) Affairs Forum of Muhammadiyah – ‘Aisyiyah Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) in Indonesia for the Academic Year 2020-2024 were officially inaugurated. Universitas Muhammadiyah Riau (UMRI) successfully hosted the inauguration followed by a national meeting.

The inauguration was conducted in Pangeran Hotel Ballroom, Pekanbaru on Friday (30/09) attended by the Deputy Chair of Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development (CHERD), Prof. Dr. Noor Rachman Hadjam; the Chairman of Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin MSi; Assistant 1 of Provincial Government Secretary of Riau, Masrul Kasmy; the Rector of UMRI, Dr. H Saidul Amin MA; the Muhammadiyah Provincial Board of Riau, Prof Dr. HM Nazir Karim, MA, and representatives of each institution in Indonesia.

The Rector of UMRI mentioned that AIK becomes the main spirit of MHEIs. However, in real practice, it only becomes a supplement. Because in the future, AIK should be internalized in MHEIs. “AIK and MHEIs are like the body and spirit which inevitably correlate to each other. It makes us different from other institutions,” he said.

In the future, Saidul hoped that AIK is not only a supplement, but also has other roles such as processing, nurturing, and developing AIK in every curriculum and subject.

On this occasion, the Deputy Chair of CHERD, Noor Rachman Hadjam, was expected from the inauguration to exchange ideas and design an interesting and creative concept.

“We hope the forum will release creative concepts that will be implemented as the goal we want. By creative concept, it will be a distinct characteristic of Muhammadiyah institutions and also the Islam and Muhammadiyah Affairs Forum,” he said.

Furthermore, Noor Rachman highly appreciated UMRI for being able to synergize with various parties. “I am impressed how UMRI maintains a harmonious relationship with the local government. It can be illustrated by the government’s support for this program. It will be a good example for all MHEIs in Indonesia,” he added.

For the 2020-2024 period, the Forum will now lead by Samsul Arifin from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Ikhsan Dahlulfani from Universitas Muhammadiyah Metro as Secretary, and Sudaryono from Universitas Muhammadiyah Klaten as Treasurer.

Samsul Arifin, then, explained that AIK becomes a value that lives in an organization, especially for MHEIs. “So as inventory, AIK becomes a compilation of fundamental values that should be comprehended, internalized, and implemented in daily life, especially for the lecturers, educational personnel, and students,” he said.

UAD Team Won Gold Medal and Doza Srekja Macedonia Special Award

UAD Team Won Gold Medal and Doza Srekja Macedonia Special Award

The team from Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD) students won the gold medal in World Youth Invention and Innovation Award (WYIIA) and Doza Srekja Macedonia Special Award. The team was led by Imam Mahdi, the 2021 Chemical Engineering student with Yolanda Waldatul Marwa, the 2020 Chemical Engineering student, Rini Suphia Nuryati (the 2020 Physics student), Asna Adira Finan (the 2020 Physics), and Annas Putra Maulana (the 2021 Physics student) as the members. They were supervised by Adi Permadi, S.T., M.T., M.Farm., Ph.D. The International contest was conducted in Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Monday-Friday (22-26/08) followed by 254 teams from 26 different countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Uni Emirat Arab, South Korea, Turkiye, Brazil, Montenegro, India, Mexico, Qatar, South Africa, and many other countries.

The team raised “Paving from Used-Masks is an Alternative Solution for Reducing Environmental Harm”. Paving, in this term, is an eco-friendly pavement due to the face mask waste, plastic, and seashells as the main composition.

The research was from the concern of the economic growth and people quantity that affects the increase of face mask waste, especially in the pandemic era. “During the research, we use the face mask waste that has been washed with detergent. After it is dried, it burns. The seashells, it is cleaned and finely chopped, and ground. The mixture will be processed with cement and water. Mix it evenly and after that, it is pressed in paving block mold,” Anas, one of the members, said.

He continued that they required twelve hours to dry the waste to make a strong paving block. It needs to prepare face mask waste, seashells, water, cement, and sand. It also needs a cement mixer, paving block mold, and scissors. The UAD team was expected to create economic development in climate change. Through the paving block produced from face mask waste, they can establish a collaboration in reaching SGDs (Sustainable Development Goals) or sustainable construction.