The graduation rate for students who graduate on time in the 8th semester (4 years) is quite low (25%). In order to encourage undergraduate study program students of the Faculty of Biology UGM to complete their undergraduate studies on time, the Academic Office organizes monitoring activities for student learning progress. Monitoring was carried out by the Head of the Undergraduate Study Program (Mr. Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D.) and the Head of the Academic and Student Affairs Section (Ms. Emi Dwi Suryanti, S.Si., M.Sc.). Monitoring was carried out online by inviting students from class 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Monitoring for class 2015-2017 was carried out together on June 29, 2022, while for batch 2018, 2019, and 2020 were carried out on 6 July 2022, 8 July 2022, and 5 July 2022, respectively.
The 5th International Summer Course on Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development has been successfully organized by the Faculty of Biology UGM. The event, which took place on Monday, July 11th, 2022, was officially closed on Friday, July 15th, 2022. The event, which was held virtually through the online Zoom meeting platform, was attended by 49 participants from 8 universities, including 30 domestic and 19 international participants.
On the first day, July 11th, the course was opened by the course coordinator, Nur Indah Septriani, M.Sc., Ph.D., which was followed by remarks from Dr. Puji Astuti, S.Si., M.Sc., Apt. as Director of Partnership, Alumni, and International Affairs UGM, as well as a remarks from Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc. as Dean of the Faculty of Biology UGM as well as Chairman of KOBI. The series of lectures on the first day was moderated by Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App., Sc with the theme Biodiversity: Current and Future Challenges. The first lecture session began with the topic of Ecological Crisis, Challenge, and Hope which was presented by Prof. Dr. Tjut Sugandawaty Djohan from Universitas Gadjah Mada. The second lecture session continued by Atty. Elpidio Peria from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity with the theme Nature-Based Solution for Climate Mitigation. The next session was themed UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The material presented by Johannes Kieft from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). After the discussion and rest session, the activity continued with games and Virtual Projects with the topic Histopathology for toxicant effect analysis lead by Nur Indah Septriani, M.Sc., Ph.D. The first day of the event was closed with assignments for the Summer Course participants.
On Monday, July 11th, 2022, the annual 5th International Summer Course on Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development was officially started. This event was organized by the Faculty of Biology UGM and the Office of International Affairs UGM in collaboration with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia, MIPAnet and the Konsorsium Biologi Indonesia (KOBI). This activity is also supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, World Bank, Middle Tennessee State University USA, Griffith University, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada and PT Smart Tbk, and is sponsored by Bank Bantul.
Indonesia is a country rich in biodiversity (A Mega Biodiversity Country). It is known that as many as 9,600 species of medicinal plants and approximately 300 species are used as ingredients for traditional medicine by the traditional medicine industry. Therefore, the plant biodiversity in Indonesia is an asset and resource that must be maintained and managed so that it can become an ancestral heritage and benefit the community for health maintenance. One of the efforts to preserve medicinal plants is the development of a Family Medicine Garden or abbreviated as TOGA.
The PkM-MBKM team of the Faculty of Biology, UGM, chaired by Mr. Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D. with four student members, namely Amelia Rifki Alifiah, Fatika Soraya, Tiara Rachma Jatiningtyas, and Qonita Fillah, on Sunday, June 12, 2022, held a Training for the Development of Fruit Garden for Tourism in Kebonalas Village, Manisrenggo, Klaten. This event is one of a series of MBKM programs in to develop Fruit Garden in Kebonalas. This activity took place at the RW Kebonalas Village Hall at 09.00 s.d. 12.30 WIB and was attended by more than 20 participants consisting of representatives from various village components in Manisrenggo District. At this event, there was socialization and training as well as practical training by the village community to build independent fertilizer production with Mr. Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D. as the speaker and fruit plant propagation techniques with Mr. Yousuf Sulaiman, S.IP. as the speaker.
In order of implementing the UGM Community Service program (KKN – PPM UGM), the team led by Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D. along with student representatives from unit JB-006, namely Winda Hayu Amalia, Muhammad Irfandi Siregar, Fadhil Arrasyid, Putri Laila, and Lintang Febri conducted a survey and hearing of the KKN PPM on 7 – 9 June 2022. On the second day, an audience was held with the Regional Development Planning, Research and Development Agency (BAPPELITBANGDA) of Tasikmalaya Regency. At Bapepelitbangda, the UGM PPM KKN team was welcomed by Mr. Lala Heryana (Secretary of Bappelitbangda and at the same time Head of Regional Planning and Development), along with the Head of Division and staff. On this occasion, the work program plans to be implemented in Campakasari and Bojongkapol villages were presented, and the aspirations and inputs of the BAPPELITBANGDA were collected. BAPPELITBANGDA really appreciates the KKN program plan in Tasikmalaya and is ready to synergize with local government programs.
Two lecturers from the Faculty of Biology UGM joined the UGM team for the ICTeEFS (ICT-enabled In-service Training of Teachers to address Education for Sustainability) Project and had the opportunity to attend the ICTeEFS managerial meeting in Athens, Greece.
ICTeEfS is a European Commission funded project ERASMUS plus Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) (Reference Number: 598623-EPP-1-2018-1-CY-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP), started on 15 January 2019 and will end on December 2022. This Project focuses on seven partner universities from Indonesia (UGM and UPI), Malaysia (OUM, USM, and UTM) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh International University and USSH). The ICTeEfS project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Vassilios Makrakis, at Frederick University, Cyprus in partnership with the University of Crete and the Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, Crete (RCE Crete). This project aims to expand the use of Information Technology in ESD and SDGs-based learning in the primary, secondary, and tertiary school levels.
On Wednesday, 18th May 2022 at 13.00 WIB, a meeting between the Faculty of Biology UGM and the University of Leeds was held online via a zoom meeting. From the Faculty of Biology, the meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr., Sc. as Dean of the Faculty of Biology UGM, Rina Sri Kasiamdari, S.Si., Ph.D. as Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App., Sc. as Vice Dean for Research, Community Service Cooperation and Alumni, Sukirno, S.Sc., Ph.D. as the Head of the Undergraduate Biology Study Program, Zuliyati Rohmah, S.Si. M.Sc. Ph.D. Eng. as the Head of the IUP, Nur Indah Septriani, S.Si. Msc. Ph.D. as the Manager of the Biology Office of International Affairs, Emi Dwi Suryanti, S.Si., M.Sc. as Head of the Academic and Student Affairs Section, Mutia Asri Kairunisa and Andari Sekarningrum as prospective double degree students and two academic staffs. The parents of the two prospective students were also present, namely Mr. and Mrs. Iwan Sadono and Mr. Dwi Yulianto. Meanwhile, from the University of Leeds, was attended by Ms. Eileen Wong.
Monday (2/14/2022) as many as 74 Undergraduate Students of the Faculty of Biology UGM took part in the Sakura Science Program 2022. Students who took part in this program came from various grades / semesters. This Program was held online through a zoom meeting by Yamagata University, Japan from February 14, 2022 to February 19, 2022. This program was divided into two parts, there were learning session and practical session that start from 08:00 AM till 03:00 PM for each day. The Sakura Science Program 2022 is a form of collaboration between the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Yamagata University, Japan which has also been implemented in previous years.
Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada has successfully held the international conference known as, “The 7th International Conference on Biological Sciences (ICBS) 2021”. This conference is a biennial agenda in the Faculty of Biology as a series of events from the celebration of the faculty’s anniversary. This year, the 7th ICBS was held online on October 14th-15th 2021 and inviting Prof. Craig Moritz (Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Australian National University) together with Dr. Aparna Lal (Research School of Population Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University) as the keynote speakers. Besides, there were several invited speakers, namely Prof. Datin Dr. Maryati Binti Mohamed (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia), Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed (University of Leipzig, Germany), Prof. dr. Joana Falcao Salles (University of Groningen Netherlands), and Dr. biol. hom. Nastiti Wijayanti (Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada).