Meeting the Head of Departments / Departments and Chair / Coordinator of the Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics and Actuarial Study Programs throughout Indonesia

“Implementation of the curriculum that adopts MBKM”

Free Learning Program; Merdeka Campus (MBKM) is the policy of the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Nadiem Anwar Makarim. The Independent Campus Policy is a continuation of the concept of Merdeka Belajar where innovation and creativity in higher education are very important in implementing the Independent Campus policy. In order to play an active role in the success of MBKM, the Indonesian Mathematical Society (IndoMS) for the 2020-2022 period held a Workshop on the Head of Departments / Departments and Chair / Coordinator of the Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics and Actuarial Study Programs throughout Indonesia on January 30 2021. The topic raised at the workshop was “Implementation of the curriculum adopting MBKM”. Two education experts were presented, namely Prof. Edy Tri Baskoro, Ph.D. (ITB) and Prof. Dr. Heris Hendriana (IKIP Siliwangi). This activity has been carried out virtually with the Zoom Meeting platform and was attended by 208 participants. In addition, workshop activities can also be followed through live streaming on Youtube: Indonesian Mathematical Association.
Prof. Dr. Edy Tri Baskoro conveyed that there were four main points of MBKM, namely the opening of a new study program, the accreditation system for PT, PTNBH, and the right to study three semesters outside the study program. Particularly for the last point, the new policy directive in implementing MBKM is that universities are obliged to give students the right to voluntarily, namely being able to take credits outside the university for 2 semesters (equivalent to 40 credits), can take credits in different study programs at the same PT as much as 1 semester (equivalent to 20 credits). In other words, the credits that must be taken in the original study program are 5 semesters. In the MBKM program there is a change in the definition of credits, where each credit is defined as “hours of activity”, not “hours of study”. Here the activities in question are students not only studying in class, but are given the flexibility to take practical work (internships), student exchanges, projects in villages / Thematic KKN, entrepreneurship, research, independent studies, and teaching activities in remote areas. humanitarian projects, and independent studies / projects. To measure the results of the implementation of the MBKM, it is necessary to have quality assurance from the PT, namely the PT compiling a quality policy and manual, determining quality, and carrying out monitoring and evaluation.
In line with Prof. Edy, Prof. Dr. Heris Hendriana added several important points related to the implementation of MBKM, namely the role of universities in formulating academic policies and designing cooperation documents, for example MoUs between universities or faculties and MoA between study programs. In addition, study programs need to prepare courses for MBKM students from outside the university and how to convert those courses. The MBKM program provides autonomy to students in choosing activities so that it needs to be accompanied by optimizing the role of lecturers to oversee the implementation of MBKM so that its quality is guaranteed. All types of selected activities must be guided by a lecturer appointed by PT. The list of activities that can be taken by students can be selected from programs determined by the government and / or programs approved by PT.

Workshop participants

Prof. Edy Tri Baskoro, Ph.D. (ITB)

Prof. Dr. Heris Hendriana (IKIP Siliwangi)