Improving the Quality of Life for Papuans, UIP Accepts New Students – Papua International University (UIP) plans to open new student admissions in April 2022. This is the first student admission since UIP was established on February 14, 2022. a Rector of UIP, Izak Morin, MA told that he would accept 50 students for each study program. With five programs that IUP will open at an early stage, it is targeted that 250 new students will be received.

 “This Friday (March 25, 2022) we just had a meeting to prepare a plenary session from each team to contribute to complete the requirements, thus on April it is planned to issue an announcement of new student admissions,” he said.

Currently, said Morin, the university is discussing several matters related to the admission of new students. Among them are the requirements for new students who want to register and also discuss the financing scheme.

“Last Monday we divided the team, there was a team that worked out the requirements for new students and there was a team that designed the finances (costs) and staffing, because our lecturers had to make a contract,” he said.

Morin said that there were already 25 lecturers who would teach at the Papua International University. UIP has a Faculty of Science and Technology with three study programs, namely the Industrial Engineering Study Program, the Physics Engineering Study Program, and the Energy System Engineering Study Program. Another faculty is the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) with the English Education Study Program and the Anthropology Study Program.

The initial design, which was presented at the launch event, was that the UIP campus was planned to be built on an area of ​​30 hectares above Telaga Ria Hill, Jayapura Regency. The facilities to be built include lecture buildings, dormitory buildings, guest houses, auditoriums, churches, sports facilities, administrative buildings, and the rectorate building. Meanwhile, the Rectorate Office of the Papua International University is currently located on Jln. Kampwolker Perumnas 2 Waena, Yabansai Village, Heram, Jayapura City.

A Founder of the Maga Edukasi Foundation, Samue Tabuni, said that the Papua International University, as a private university, needs support from the central government, the Papuan provincial government, and district governments in Papua.

“Without government support, the private university cannot maximize their efforts to develop Papuan people,” he said.

The Maga Education Foundation, said Tabuni, is exploring cooperation with several district governments to be able to send students in the district to study at UIP. Among them are Nduga Regency, Pegunung Bintang Regency, and Marauke Regency. “There are also several districts in West Papua Province,” he said.

Tabuni highlighted Law no. 2 of 2021 concerning the Second Amendment to Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua and West Papua and Government Regulations (PP) Numbers 106 and Number 107. In his opinion, these regulations must be clarified, both regarding the distribution mechanism, as well as the monitoring mechanism, work equality, and the authority between the district government and the provincial government in the form of a Special Regional Regulation (Perdasus), specifically in the field of education. In PP 107, he said, it was stated that the amount of funds allocated for education was 35 percent, which was higher than what was stipulated in Otsus 20 years ago. “Well, this must be clarified specifically for private universities, because these private universities have a huge role in building human resources in Papua,” he said.

Tabuni proposed that the regulations that had been made were clarified, transparent, and not rigid. Of the 35 percent allocated for education, it is necessary to properly divide the allocation or realization between the percentage for supporting educational infrastructure with supervision, human resource development through PTS and PTN, as well as the percentage for the education of Papuan children studying abroad. For him, all of this needs to be clarified through the Perdasus which is expected to be a work reference for district and provincial governments in supporting private universities and state universities.

Because, said Tabuni, if you look at the reality on the ground, so far universities have been left to fend for themselves, especially private universities. In fact, if you look closely, PTS-PTS in Papua accommodate and educate native Papuan children who come from poor families. “PTS will not survive, even cannot produce human resources with the best quality if it is not supported by the government in a planned manner,” he said.

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