Food Diversification Competition “Assorted Corn-Based Dishes” at Widya Karya Catholic University of Malang

The food diversification competition has been held for six times in six consecutive years and has been met with enthusiastic participation by various high schools.  The competition, which was attended by students from various high schools and vocational schools in Malang, was slightly different from previous years. Participants had to pass through a selection stage of competition proposals on February 24, 2018, and afterwards took part in the food processing competition stage on March 3, 2018.

Taking the theme “Assorted Corn-Based Dishes”, the competition had the main objective of creating innovative processed foods of corn. Furthermore, this competition aimed to explore the potentials of Malang high school students in creating new dishes, as well as to explore the local food potential in replacing the main staple food, i.e. rice. Corn is known as a carbohydrate-producing food source, occupying second position after rice.

All this time processed corn has been only used as steamed food or re-processed as snacks with low sale value. This competition was expected to increase the economic value of various local food products, including corn.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, this annual event was officially opened. Despite the threat of the clouded skies over Malang, participants remained enthusiastic in competing to create corn-based dishes with spectacular flavor different from regular corn-based dishes. This year’s competition had fifteen participants from nine high schools in Malang, after the other four were declared failed at the proposal selection stage.

SMKN 13 Malang sent two teams, SMKN 3 Malang sent 2 teams, SMK Kartika IV-1 Malang sent 2 teams, SMAK Frateran Malang sent 2 teams, SMK Shalahuddin 1 Malang sent 1 team, SMK Prajnaparamitra Malang sent 2 teams, SMA Tumapel Malang sent 1 team, SMA Laboratorium of the State University of Malang (UM) sent 1 team, and SMA Taman Harapan Malang sent 1 team.

Widya Karya’s Faculty of Agriculture, as the organizer of the annual event of food diversification competition, expected that the event would increase the society awareness in reducing dependence on rice consumption and switching to rice substitutes. To date Indonesian people are still depending on rice. Eventually, this event is expected to contribute in enhancing the national economic development and society welfare through a variety of creative food innovations, and to enhance Indonesia’s food security.

In this food diversification event SMA Laboratorium UM won the first place, SMK Kartika IV-1 won the second place, and SMKN 3 Malang won the third place. The committee acknowledges UPT PK PPTKLN (Poverty Alleviation Program’s Training Center) Wonojati, Singosari District, Malang Regency, represented by Mr. Suwanto, S.TP., M.Agr. and Ms. Jinarti, S.TP., as the judges in the 2018 competition. In addition, the committee would also like to thank all participants as well as others who had assisted in this event.

This event was greatly invigorated by the cheering competition spontaneously held by the supporters, as well as by entertaining performances of student bands comprising members of the Art Activity Unit and students of the Faculty of Agriculture.

The Students Union of UKWK Faculty of Law Participated in the National Congress of the Association of Indonesia’s Students of Law (ISMAHI)

The Students Union of the Faculty of Law of Widya Karya Catholic University had the opportunity to attend a national seminar and congress held by the Association of Indonesia’s Students of Law (ISMAHI). The event was held on 6-8 November, 2017, at Pancasila University’s Faculty of Law in Depok.

The event was divided into two sections: the National Seminar and ISMAHI Congress. The National Seminar was opened by Prof. Dr. Arief Hidayat, S.H., M.S. as the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. In his opening speech, Mr. Hidayat stated that Indonesian laws had to serve the nation and the state. He further explained that law had a vertical responsibility in creation and enforcement. Therefore, law enforcement in Indonesia was the life foundation for all Indonesian people, based on Pancasila. After the speech, the national seminar was divided into four sessions with four professional speakers. The first session was headed by Prof. Dr. Aidul Fitriciada Azhari, S. H. (Chair of the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia), with the theme of Law Enforcement in the Reform Era. The second session was headed by the Senior Commissioner of the Police, Dr. (C) Andry Wibowo, S.IK, M.H., M.Si., with the theme of Law Reform (Critical Thinking in an Integralistic Country). The third session was headed by Dr. Armansyah Nasution, S.H., M.H., with the theme the Grand Design of the Reform of Indonesian Criminal Law. The last session was headed by Prof. Dr. Andi Hamzah, S.H., discussing Responses to the Draft of Criminal Law.

The second day of the event, on November 7, 2017, was the start of the climax of the event, the ISMAHI Congress. On this second day two plenary sessions were held; the first plenary session discussed the congress agenda and rules, as well as the election of the session presidium. Sally Octavia, the Chair of the Students Union of UKWK’s Faculty of Law, was elected as Presidium III of the plenary, acting as both the secretary and minute-taker of the sessions. The next session discussed the ISMAHI Central Board’s Accountability Reports and Commissions Sessions. At this session, three commissions were formed to discuss three special themes: Commission A to discuss the organization’s Articles of Association; Commission B to discuss the organization’s Outline of Missions; and Commission C to discuss external and internal activities. The results of the commissions’ discussions would be used as a working recommendation for ISMAHI. The second-day plenary session was ended at 1 A.M. West Indonesia Time.

On the third day, on November 8, 2017, the event was begun at 11 A.M. with the agenda of plenary sessions III and IV. The agenda of plenary session III was to discuss and determine the results of plenary session II. Plenary session III used dialogue to agree upon the results, in which voting was utilized as a last resort if there was a deadlock in the dialogue. After the results had been agreed, plenary session IV was held. The agenda of plenary session IV consisted of four agendas: (1) discussion and establishment of electoral procedures of ISMAHI national council and central board for the period of 2017-2019; (2) election of ISMAHI national council for the period of 2017-2019; (3) election of ISMAHI central board for the period of 2017-2019; and (4) election and appointment of ISMAHI leadership for the period of 2017-2019. At this session, 7 candidates to ISMAHI national council for the period of 2017-2019 were submitted, and at the end Yoga Yusdiadi from West Java was elected.

The ISMAHI Congress was a national congressional invitation extended to the Students Union of the Faculty of Law of UKWK. By participating in the National Congress, the Students Union expected to create wider networks within the national scope for the students’ self-development and Union development. The results of the Congress were expected to boost cooperation between Students Unions at the local, regional, and national levels to develop the science of law. All of this is in accordance with the motto of the Students Union of UKWK’s Faculty of Law: “Yudha Pratidina”. Salam Scientia Ed Laborem.



Surabaya, 5-8 February 2018


Widya Karya Catholic University (UKWK) had the opportunity to participate at Indonesia Dean’s Course for Private Higher Education in Indonesia (INADC-PHEI) workshop held from 5 to 8 February, 2018, at Gubeng Santika Premiere Hotel, hosted by Surabaya University.

The workshop was really an insight and knowledge opener. It was a great opportunity to learn from the facilitators and fellow participants from 24 private universities from all over Indonesia, of various forms, quality and experience. The workshop committee had selected 25 private universities from about 50 applicants.

Selected prospective participants had to send proposals in English because the texts would be reviewed by German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The program was a collaboration between the Ministry of Research and Higher Education and Germany. All participants were subsidized by DAAD, excluding transportation fee from their home base to the workshop location.

The workshop was divided into two stages: the first (part 1) was held on 5-8 February, 2018; the second (part 2) would be held on 21-23 May, 2018, hosted by Pembangunan Jaya University in Bintaro, Banten Province.


The workshop had a very busy schedule, from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. without the customary afternoon nap. The materials provided included: Higher Education System (HES), Human Resource Management (HRM), Financial Management (FM), Research Management (RM), and Project Management (PM).

The facilitators were all experienced professionals: Dr. Mrs. Illah Sailah, M.S. (Coordinator of the Cooperative of Private Higher Education Institutions, Area III), Ms. Leenawaty Limantara, M.Sc., Pd.D. (Rector of Pembangunan Jaya University of Bintaro), Mr. Tatas H. P. Brotosudarmo, Dipl.Chem., Ph.D. (Director of the Center for Higher Education Outstanding Science and Technology and Ma Chung Research Center for Photosynthetic Pigments), and Mr. Nemuel Daniel Pah, Ph.D. (Vice Rector I of Surabaya University).

The workshop’s dynamics were so interesting and varied not a single participant became bored or drowsy. After the smashing boundaries segment, all participants and facilitators socialized as if they had known each other for years. This friendly atmosphere lasted until the very end. Even to the time of the writing of this article, the Whatsapp group is still active and genial.

The workshop method: presentations by the facilitators (15-20 minutes long) in the form of explanation and games, short group discussions (10-15 minutes), group presentation (5 minutes for each group), responses by facilitators and other participants, and peer-counseling for concrete cases submitted by each participant in each group. On Monday, 5 February, participants were given the opportunity to observe Surabaya University to assess the various facilities, processes, services, and activities within the campus ground.


As one of the participants of the workshop, the rector of UKWK has made a PAP on Human Resource Management which would be presented to UKWK lecturers and educational staff to be implemented. If this is achievable, it is expected that there would be changes in UKWK toward better conditions and performance quality.

Therefore, all lecturers and educational staff are expected to study the PAP carefully and give their entire support and participation to make it successful.

Salam Scientia ad Laborem

Malang, 8 Februari 2018

Albertus Magnus Herwanta, O.Carm., M.A.


Construction of 3000 watt Micro Hydro Power Generator at Niwak Village, South Borneo

Electric power is one of national developments prioritized by the government under President Joko Widodo, requiring an investment of IDR 1.035 trillion of the total National Strategic Project (NSP) which amounts to IDR 4.197 trillion. Given this amount of money, contributions from private institutions are expected.

The Diocese of Banjarmasin, via the Commission for Actual Work chaired by Mr. Willy Sebastian, has participated in the national development scheme, in particular in the 9.5 years old Meratus Dayak Development Program in South Borneo. The aim of this project is to elevate the dignity of the Meratus Dayak tribe through developments in education, healthcare and socio-economy. One of the villages under development is Niwak Village; this village is located on the slopes of Meratus mountain range with very limited road access and far from the reach of the government’s development programs. However, the village’s elevated location provides a few water potentials for hydroelectricity. Therefore, following a letter requesting for adept technicians to design and construct a hydropower plant, a collaborative agreement was agreed upon between the Diocese of Banjarmasin’s Actual Work Commission and Widya Karya Catholic University.

In August 2017, Mr. Harsa Dhani from Widya Karya’s Department of Mechanical Engineering visited Niwak Village to conduct a survey on local needs and the potentials of the existing water supplies. The village residents comprised 12 households that each required 200 watts of electricity for lighting, television and refrigerators; approximately 2400 watts of electricity was therefore needed for the whole village. Afterwards, a field survey was conducted at some potential points and a river point was found to be capable of producing about 3000 watts.

Next, a power plant was designed with a dam to stabilize water flow, a penstock to control water flow, a pump-turbine, a synchronous generator, a turbine house, and a panel. The construction pieces were transported to the village and carried to the waterfall location. The Niwak villagers steadfastly participated in funding and transportation; during the construction one villager transported cement for the dam on a motorcycle and fell in a ravine while passing through a narrow path, but thanks to God, he was not seriously injured and only suffered minor scratches.  It also took extra efforts to transport the 300-kilogram turbine and generator to the site, and the penstock had to be carried manually. We can see here God’s wonderful providence for those who are willing to seek His aid and rely to Him.

The micro hydro power generator system operates as thus: water collects within the dam until its flow stabilizes, then it is passed through penstocks (pipelines) to the turbine. Water pressure rotates the turbine on its axis which is connected to the generator. The rotation of the turbine rotates the generator, which in turn produces electricity.

This project has been completed successfully and now villagers can enjoy 3000 watt electricity, free of charge and free of pollution. School children can study at their homes until dusk. On March 18, 2018, the “Niwak” micro-hydro-electricity was launched by Mgr. Bishop Petrus Boddeng Timang, attended by elders of Niwak Village and other surrounding villages, Police Sector Chief Mr. Andre, Military Territory Command Mr. Yohanes, Chairman of Actual Work Commission Mr. Willy Sebastian, Mr Harsa Dhani of Widya Karya, and other guests from Niwak Villages and surrounding villages.

Salam Scientia Ad Laborem