The Rector of Diponegoro University (Undip) on Wednesday (05/01) officially deployed Team 1 of Community Service for the 2021/2022 academic year. The release event for participants of Community Service was held online/virtually through the Zoom Meeting platform and live streaming of Undip TV Official Youtube Channel at 09.00 AM this morning.

The release event of Community Service Team 1 was attended by the Undip Rector, Vice Rectors, Chair of Academic Senate, Faculty Deans, Head of Undip Research Institute and Community Service (LPPM), as well as supervisors and students who will participate on Undip Community Service Year of 2021/2022. This year’s Community Service raised the theme “Community Empowerment Towards the Post-Covid-19 Pandemic Based on SDGs”.

Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., in his remarks conveyed that the participants of Team 1 of Community Service for the 2021/2022 are expected to be able to do the best things according to their programs in each region. “Hope that you can do your best during these Community Service activities. You must show your best competences. Undip is not a small university, but a big university, so don’t let what we do ruin Undip’s history,” said Prof. Yos.

Furthermore, Prof. Yos hoped that in this community service activities, the students participating in the activities can take lessons to be a better person. “This Community Service Program is one of the best social activities. You can directly interact with the community to shape your personality, to be a tolerant, tough, professional, and accountable person. Community Service is the right event to form the integrity of the students,” he added.

Community Service is a place to improve self-development in the middle of a community. It can be started from how to find problems, seek funding, create a solution to a problem, implement the program and evaluate the program.

Prof. Yos advised that during the Community Service in Covid-19 pandemic era, the participants should remain obedient to the health protocols that exist in each area. Moreover, Community Service participants also become promotional figures in the health sector.

In addition, Community Service participants are required to be fair and stay away from social problems. “Don’t enter areas that are internally conflicted in the village, we must not take sides, be fair, and stay away from social problems. It is very important to avoid clashes or conflicts of interest with the local community,” explained Prof. Yos.

In his report, the Head of Undip Research Institute and Community Service (LPPM), Prof. Dr. Jamari, S.T., M.T., explained that activities of Team 1 of Community Service were held from January 5th 2022 to February 15th 2022. A total of 2,354 students from all faculties at Undip are taking participation in these activities. The activities of Team 1 of Community Service Year of 2021/2022 which raised the issue of SDGs including the dangers of drugs and the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Community Service will take place in 24 provinces and 131 regencies/cities.

This Community Service Year of 2021/2022 activity is the fourth implementation of Community Service activities carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic, so the most important thing is to maintain health and safety. “This is the fourth implementation of Community Service during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Rector always reminds us that the most important thing is to be safe and healthy. The score obtained from the Community Service activities can be remedial, but health cannot. This is a concern for all of us,” explained Prof. Jamari.

The implementation of this Community Service activities will follow the applicable health protocol standards and the status of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) in each region, so that the participants should always coordinate with the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) or the local government.