Workshop on the Implementation of Bridge Planning in KJI (Kompetensi Jembatan Indonesia / Indonesian Bridge Competition)

This event was held with the goal of expanding the knowledge of Civil Engineering students on bridge planning and its implementation. It was expected that with their current knowledge on bridges students would be enthusiastic to participate in the competition.

KJI is an annual competition held by the National Higher Education Agency (Dikti) with civil engineering students from all universities in Indonesia as participants. 2017 was the first time Widya Karya students tried to participate in the competition, but due to lack of insight and experiences the proposals submitted as requirement for a place in the competition did not pass. So a workshop was held dealing with the implementation of bridge planning in KJI.

The speakers invited to this event were:

  1. Prof. Tavio, ST.,MT.,PhD (Institut teknologi sepuluh November / November Tenth Technology Institute)
  2. Dr. Ir. Agnes H. Patty, MT (Widya Karya Catholic University)
  3. Dr. Nawir Rasidi, ST.,MT (State Polytechnic of Malang)

The target of this workshop was not only Civil Engineering students of Widya Karya but also students from various campuses in East Java by utilizing the collaboration between the Civil Engineering Student Association and the FKMTSI (Forum Komunikasi Mahasiswa Teknik Sipil Indoonesia / Indonesian Civil Engineering Students Communication Forum).

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP SEMINAR for SOUTHEAST ASIA (ALS-SEA) May 2-5, 2018, at Assumption University, Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok


Widya Karya Catholic University has been part of the University Network for Digital Knowledge (UNDK) since 2012. UNDK itself is part of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia that is based in Hong Kong. Despite being a long time member of UBCHEA, Widya Karya has been admittedly passive and so has not been paid attention by the Asia-level institution.

It was not until Widya Karya submitted research proposals for the Bamboo Grants Program UBCHEA sent an invitation to Widya Karya to attend a seminar it organized. The invite arrived in March 2018 and the Rector immediately responded with a positive affirmation to attend even though there had not been a ready funding to pay for the flight to Bangkok.

ALS-SEA Bangkok

The seminar was attended by 45 participants from seven countries (Cambodia: 3; Myanmar: 10; Thailand: 6; Vietnam: 4; Malaysia: 1; the Philippines: 13; and Indonesia: 8). There were 8 speakers from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

Day 1, May 2, 2018

The schedule was very tight, from May 2, at 6 PM to May 5, at 6 PM. It was kicked off with a welcoming speech by Brother Dr. Bancha Saenghiran, rector magnificus of Assumption University, followed by a speech by Dr. Angela Wai Ching Wong, Vice President of the program field of the United Board. The opening event was closed with dinner.

At 7.30 PM the seminar was started with an orientation of the whole event by Dr. Hope Antone, the event’s Chair from the United Board. Then Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko, a consultant in the field of Organizational Development, gave a presentation on the Introduction of Brain Map Self-Aware. Please search it on Google; it is very interesting.

Day 2, May 3, 2018

At 7 AM the participants had breakfast. At 8 AM, the seminar began with a morning reflection by Dr. Hope Antone about Whole Person Education which covered aspects of spiritual development.

The seminar’s first phase was on Induction and Immersion: Leading the Whole Person Way. The goals were (1) to develop new perspectives, paradigms and processes in directing and managing changes in human systems; and (2) to find and distinguish (observe) leadership potentials as a whole person. The theory utilized was the Brain Map Self-Aware.

This first stage consisted of two presentations by Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko on Learning and Leading the Whole of Me (1st session) and on Leveraging and Living the Potentials of Me in My Position of Leadership Resource Person (2nd session). The sessions ended with lunchtime at 12.30 PM.

The second phase of the seminar was on Interaction and Iteration. The goals were (1) to update and appreciate challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions and (2) to expand and deepen the understanding and connectivity of different dimensions or areas within the higher education institution.

The first half of this second stage was presented by Ms. Porntip Kanjananiyot, special advisor to the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) on the Issues, Challenges and Opportunities as well as Internationalization of Higher Education in Southeast Asia (3rd session). These were followed by the presentation on the Internationalization of High Education: What, Why and How by Aj. Glen Chatelier from Assumption University.

The sessions ended with Processing of Day by Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko, followed by dinner at Suphapreuk Golf Course located approximately 20 minutes from Assumption University by bus ride.

Day 3, May 4, 2018

This session was started with breakfast at 7 and morning reflection at 8. Afterwards, the day’s schedule proceeded with presentations from several source persons. The first presentation was about Student Programs and Services Development in Information & Digital Age, presented by Dr. Bervyn Lee from Singapore Management University (SMU). The second was Human Resource Development / Management (Faculty and Staff Upgrade and Professionalization) by Mr. Christopher Mark Crawford from Payap University, Thailand. The third was Financial Management in Colleges and Universities – Managing for Success (part 1) by Mr. Louis Heung from HSBC Provident Fund Trustee Limited, Hong Kong. The fourth presentation was the second part of Mr. Heung’s presentation.

The day’s event was ended with Processing of Day by Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko. The whole event truly ended at 6 PM. Afterwards, all participants were given a free time. Each person was given a pocket money of US$ 20 to enjoy the night scenes and dinner at Bangkok. Exchanged into 620 Thailand Baht, the money was enough for a taxi round trip and dinner.

Day 4, May 5, 2018

Similar to previous day events, the fourth day was started with breakfast at 7 and morning reflection at 8. Several sessions followed afterwards.

The first was about Resource Development / Mobilization Strategies, presented by Mr. Richard Cheng (Executive Vice President of United Board, Hong Kong). The second was a presentation on Good Governance and Ethics in Higher Education by Brother Dr. Sirichai Fonseka from Assumption University.

Finally we entered the third stage, which was about Integration and Reflection. In this stage, participants were asked to develop, implement and build some frameworks and strategies for the development and transformation of a comprehensive system within the university. This topic was divided into two sessions: Strategic / Systematic Thinking and Action Planning, and the sharing of Action Plans, both by Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko.

Topik ini diberikan dalam dua sesi, yakni menyangkut Strategic/Systematic Thinking and Action Planning dan tentang sharing of Action Plans oleh Dr.Perla Rizalina M Tayko.

At 5.30 PM a Closing Ceremony and Evaluation was held. The whole event was closed with dinner with all participants and speakers at The Foyer of Museum. The event was formally closed at 7 PM.

The next day, Sunday, May 6, 2018, all participants left the seminar venue after having breakfast.

Final Words

This seminar is very interesting because it provided new information, knowledge, insight, and experience for Widya Karya Catholic University. The sources were all knowledgeable and experienced in their fields.

Meeting other participants from seven ASEAN countries has broadened the horizons as well. We had chances to exchange business cards to be used to follow up our communications and establish collaboration with their institutions.

Meeting the staff of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia is truly a valuable experience. We get to know them and they get to know us. It is really great that they are open to cooperation and willing to provide help if needed.

Participating in this forum is a good start for Widya Karya to build networks with other colleges and universities in ASEAN which can later be developed into cooperation with many other universities in Asia and the world. Widya Karya is truly grateful to God and United Board that has invited us to participate in their event. Widya Karya has sent a thank-you note to United Board for the invite.

Malang, May 7, 2018

Albertus Herwanta, M.A.

Rector of Widya Karya Catholic University of Malang

Student Spirituality Unit’s Activity for the 2018 University Anniversary

On May 10, 2018, Widya Karya’s Student Spirituality Unit (SSU) commemorates the University’s 2018 anniversary by organizing an outreach event at Kampar Orphanage which is located at 6 Kampar Street, Malang City. The SSU wished to introduce Widya Karya University to and establish good relationship with the surrounding community. At 08.00 a.m., West Indonesia Time, we began the event by listing all participants and then the committee directed the Kampar Orphanage children to a photo booth for a picture-taking session. Afterwards, they were directed to a room previously prepared by the committee. The event continued with an opening prayer, introductions by the MC, and greetings by the committee chair, the SSU chair, and the chair of the University Student Body (USB). After the greetings, we invited the children to sing “Hari Ini Kurasa Bahagia (Today I Feel Happy)” using gestures. The children looked very happy with this. After this ice-breaking session, the committee invited Mr. Agus Indradi, Bahasa Indonesia lecturer at Widya Karya, to give a presentation on “The Meaning of Gratitude”. Mr. Agus motivated us all to think that happiness did not lie in wealth, beauty, job, or popularity, but in a grateful heart. , Mr. Agus’s presentation ended at 09.30 a.m. Next, Mr. Prisma as the new SSU advisor gave a speech. During the speech, the committee distributed snacks and drinks to the Kampar Orphanage children and counselors, as well as to the invited guests that included the chair of University Student Body, a few of Widya Karya alumni, and the previous SSU board. After distributing the snacks, we invited the children to play games together and asked some of them to say their thoughts and opinions about the event.At the peak of the event we all sang happy birthday, blew candles and ate some birthday cake. Afterwards, we had lunch with the children, forming a circle where the committee and the guests mingled with the children and staff of Kampar Orphanage. After lunch, we continued the event to present some groceries, notebooks and cleaning tools to the Kampar Orphanage as a symbolic form of our gratitude for the 2018 SSU activity for the University Anniversary. Finally, we did a photo session together and our event ended at 12.00 p.m.

Widya Karya International Relations Office Invited to Attend Brazil-Indonesia Cooperation Presentation Talk

A representative of Widya Karya’s International Relations Office was invited to attend as a guest at a seminar entitled “Culture and Education: Platforms for the Indonesian-Brazilian Cooperation”. This event, which was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at A3 Building, State University of Malang, presented Senhor Hugo Lorenzetti Neto as a speaker, representing the Embassy of Brazil.

Sr. Neto discussed the PEC-G program, a Brazilian scholarship program for international students, which is now in the process of being opened for Indonesian undergraduate students. Until 2018 there have been no PEC-G participants from Indonesia, and this is a matter of concern for the Brazilian Embassy considering the closeness of the two nations. In addition to scholarship for undergraduate students, the Embassy also offered scholarships for graduate and post-graduate students. The academic programs offered for scholarship grants are not limited, but the Brazilian Embassy expected students to choose studies dealing with social issues experienced by both countries, such as population growth, environmental problems, natural resources management, multi-lingual learning, etc. Other requirements include the readiness to reside in Brazil for the entire term of study and to learn Portuguese before leaving to Brazil. Tuition is free, but transportation and accommodation costs will have to be borne by program participants.

Other programs still in planning were research cooperation and working opportunities in Brazil. Sr. Neto specifically mentioned that Brazil needed instructors experienced in halal food processing as Brazil was beginning to export meat to predominantly Muslim countries. Potential foreign workers were also expected to learn Portuguese, while research cooperation did not necessarily require proficiency in Portuguese although English proficiency was a must.

These programs are unfortunately still not officially realized. For the future, the Embassy of Brazil promised to provide more complete information after exploring the interest of Indonesians to study or work in Brazil.

Food Security Competition in Bojonegoro District

In the event of the 2018 food security competition in Bojonegoro District, students of the Faculty of Agriculture participated as the team of judges. This event is a form of cooperation between Widya Karya’s Faculty of Agriculture and Pupuk Kujang Ltd. as the event organizer. This year’s theme is “Optimization of Balanced Fertilizing to Increase the Productivity of Rice Plant (Oryza sativa L.)”. The competition was held from December to March. During the competition, the judging process was carried out twice on December 18-20 and on March 3-5, 2018.

Thirty-two students appointed as the judges were divided into 16 groups to assess the competing rice farmers in 16 sub-districts in Bojonegoro. There were several criteria of rice growth and maturation observed, such as plant height, leaf length, number of seedlings, number of grains, root length, and cropping patterns of each farmer. The event was a very valuable experience for the participating students: it gave them a great opportunity to connect with and directly observe the real-life conditions in the agriculture field

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