Greeting from Rector

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Rector of Universitas Prasetiya Mulya

Prof. Dr. Djisman S. Simandjuntak

LEARNING TO RESPOND RESILIENTLY TO PROBABILISTIC CYCLES IN THE LANDSCAPE OF HUMAN EVOLUTION

By necessity education in general and higher education including Universitas Prasetiya Mulya is oriented toward the futures, short, medium, long, and very-long ones.

In my forty-year service, I always strain myself to imagine what the future in its main contours would look like when current students ascended to the peak of their career life. Although speculative in nature, such imagining is necessary for designing today’s learning.

In our case, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya centres its design around the nurturing of well-rounded citizens capable of competing and cooperating successfully in life’s co-evolution. Through “Collaborative Learning by Enterprising,” we push cross-discipline learning. Students in our two schools–School of Business and Economics (SBE) and school of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)—are encouraged to take cross-discipline courses and participate in “catalytic research projects” aimed at defining ideas on knowledge-based businesses, testing them strategically and technically, incubating them into business, and offering them to venture capitalists in collaboration with industries.

To cater to students from the rest of the world, and to elevate the level of cultural diversity of the student body some programs at Prasetiya Mulya are run completely in English.

We are aware of the improbable journey to becoming an entrepreneur. In Indonesia only 35 out of 1000 working population belong to the category of entrepreneurs. When the world is running out of natural resources; when muscles can no longer produce enough employment or add meaningful value; it is knowledge, particularly scientific knowledge, that societies have to turn to.

Within such a landscape, universities need to act increasingly, if not primarily, as centres of entrepreneur formation. Becoming a knowledge-driven entrepreneur ranks highest in the hierarchy of learning outcomes at Universitas Prasetiya Mulya.

Indeed, the 2020s is a herculean decade for education due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic. By 1 February 2021 Coronavirus19 has infected 103 million (1.1 million Indonesians) and killed 2.2 million (30 thousand Indonesians) people. The infection and deaths imply huge costs: a huge number of businesses failed, and millions of jobs are lost. For universities, the loss of learning has been particularly saddening.

Universitas Prasetiya Mulya has adjusted quickly to the emerging learning environment. Our investment in digital capacity before the outbreak of Covid19 paid off highly, enabling us to switch to online learning almost seamlessly and immediately.

With more investment to strengthen our hybrid and virtual learning infrastructures following its blended learning trajectory, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya is ready to serve. Our strong foundation for an effective and innovative “Collaborative Learning by Enterprising” will enable us to pool resources together to mine, develop and bring into commerce impactful new products and services out of the increasingly digital space of science and technology of complexity.

We await potential students and partners at our state-of-the-art campuses at Cilandak, Jakarta, and Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang, and at our growing virtual learning space.

Jakarta, 1 February 2021
Djisman Simandjuntak