SEMARANG – The 158th Graduation Ceremony of Diponegoro University (Undip) was held online. Undip Rector Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama SH MH revealed four tips for success in dealing with changes that occur so quickly and often cannot be predicted in advance. The four success tips are answers to the condition of the world that is currently being hit by symptoms of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguous).

Undip Rector said the symptoms of VUCA include Volatility which is marked by the distance between the fluctuations that rise and fall very fast, then Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguous conditions. “We must deal with VUCA with the right strategy,” said Yos Johan Utama when giving a message to the graduates totaling of 1,548 people, Tuesday (06/16/2020).

The strategy to deal with VUCA conditions given by the Rector is flexibility, better understanding, building connectivity and agility. Flexibility is needed to overcome volatility. We must follow the existing fluctuation, not the fluctuation that must follow our will. “In short, everything must be as flexible as possible to overcome the fluctuation,” he said.

Whereas a better understanding of the situation is needed to deal with the existing uncertainty. Only by comprehending, understanding and knowing more fully and deeper in uncertain conditions. The complicated or complex conditions must be dealt with building networks to the maximum. Complexity resolution will occur on a par with the quality and quantity of the network we have. While ambiguity or the meaning of the existing situation can be faced with our agility in moving in all sectors.

The message was conveyed due to Undip that is currently being included in the top five national universities with the best workforce graduates in the QS World version. Together with ITB, Binus, ITS and UGM which are all in the position between 301-500, Undip’s name is listed in third place nationally. The Rector believes that Undip alumni can face the situation because of the character of fighters and winners. Another success achieved by Undip is becoming the second most favorite university in SNMPTN (National Public Universities Entrance Selection) in 2020 where the number of registrants reaches 29,932 prospective students.

Head of Undip Academic Senate, Prof. Dr. Ir Sunarso MS, said that this online graduation is the first time for Undip since the university was founded in 1956. The online graduation procession, according to Sunarso, will be carried out in seven stages over three days starting Tuesday (6/16/2020) until Thursday (6/18/2020).

Undip Vice Rector 1 for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Budi Setiyono M. Pol Adm PhD, reported that there are 1,548 graduates with the details from doctoral programs of 38 graduates, 272 masters, 55 specialists, 191 professionals, 928 bachelors and 64 diplomas. “With the addition of the 158th graduation, ever since the birth of Undip, it has graduated 220,275 graduates through various levels and existing study programs,” said Budi Setiyono.

He also reported the average academic GPA and study periods taken by the graduates this time. The average academic GPA of the doctoral program is 3.7 with a study period of 4.7 years; for the master’s GPA an average of 3.75 and a study period of 1.8 years; the average GPA specialist program is 3.57 and the study period is 4.1 years; professional program with an average GPA of 3.72 and an average study period of 1.8 years, an average bachelor program with a GPA of 3.48 and a study period of 3.8 years and for an average diploma program GPA of 3, 19 with a study period of 3.2 years. “What is encouraging, from the number of graduates this time, 49.4% achieved the title cumlaude,” he said.