SEMARANG – As many as 12 percent of lecturers at Faculty of Engineering Diponegoro University (UNDIP) already have professorship status. The position is recorded after the inauguration of 21 professors conducted in May-June 2021.

In the recent inauguration period, of the 21 professors who are inaugurated, 6 of them are from Faculty of Engineering. The details, from Faculty of Science and Mathematics are 9 professors, from Faculty of Engineering are 6 professors, from Faculty of Economics and Business are 3 professors, and 1 professor from each faculty namely Faculty of Animal and Agriculture Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Psychology. With this inauguration, the target of 10% of lecturers holding professorships announced by the Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., has been able to be fulfilled by Faculty of Engineering Undip.

Dean of Faculty of Engineering Undip, Prof.Ir. M. Agung Wibowo, MM, MSc, PhD.; said that currently Faculty of Engineering Undip has 309 lecturers, 160 of them have completed their doctoral education. Of the 160 doctors, 38 of them have earned the title of professor.

Prof. Agung Wibowo admitted that of the 11 Departments and 1 Engineer Education Program under the auspices of Faculty of Engineering Undip, there are still departments that do not have professors. It happened in the departments which are relatively new. “There are still several departments that have not professors,” he said, on Wednesday (16/6/2021).

However he is optimistic that all departments will have professors in the time being. After the inauguration of 6 professors in the previous period, now there are 6 prospective professors who are being processed at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology; while at the university level there are still 3 prospective professors who are in the process. He hoped the process would go smoothly. “God willing, currently there are 6 prospective professors who are already in the process at the Ministry of Education. There are 3 prospective professors who have just progressed to the university level,” he added.

Faculty of Engineering Undip currently has 22 study programs ranging from undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels; plus one Professional Engineering Education Study Program. There are 8 departments in Postgraduate study programs, three of which have opened Doctoral Programs, namely Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

When giving a speech in the inauguration of 21 professors, Undip Rector, Prof. Yos Johan, referred to Undip Chemical Engineering Department as the bunker for professors. Based on recorded data, it is known that there are currently 17 professors at Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Undip.

In higher education institutions, the presence of professors is one of the important pillars to support higher education excellence. In addition to recognition, the presence of professors is expected to be able to encourage innovation, research, and publication of scientific works that can provide impacts for the reputation of the institution and for the community.

Technically, the establishment of a doctoral study program requires having two lecturers with the academic position of professor in the field of science and technology in accordance with the study program. This is regulated in Regulation of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 7 of 2020 concerning the Establishment, Amendment, Dissolution of State Universities, and the Establishment, Amendment, Revocation of Private Universities Permits. As efforts to realize Undip as a World Class University, the number of professors owned by the institution is also one of the determining factors that is noticed by Undip. (PR team)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)