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Studying Mathematics at Unpar

At the elementary/ junior/high school level, students learn the use of formulas in the form of math problems. Meanwhile, at the university level, mathematics is taught in more detail about the process. This is because students are believed to be able to learn independently.

“We teach the process. So we do not merely memorize the formula. The process of thinking, why can it be like that (the formula), “said Chairman of the Mathematics Study Program of Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) Dr. Julius Dharma Lesmono, Drs.SE., M.Sc., MT.

In general, the subjects studied in Mathematics Program include basic knowledge of mathematics such as statistics, calculus, computation, and algebra. These four subjects become the minimum parameters or targets that must be taken by a graduate of Mathematics with a total of 144 credits. The characteristics of lecture material in the Mathematics Study Program Unpar, according to Dharma, are: Industrial Mathematics, Finance, and Insurance.

Becoming an actuary

The science of mathematics can lead to application in the field of industry. “In the industry, we learn optimization, we learn about quality control. If later in a factory, (studied) quality control, how to establish the criteria that certain products can be accepted or not  (through) control charts, “said Dharma.

Students can also study Financial Mathematics, which will be useful when later working in banking or in the financial industry.

“And actually, what’s booming now is insurance, actuarial science. Educate our graduates to become an actuary, “says Dharma.

Currently, Indonesia lacks actuary power. There are only about  350 people, while the actuary needs very much.

The actuarial study becomes the hallmark and characteristic of Unpar’s Mathematics Program. To encourage Unpar graduates to work in the field of the actuarial sciences, Mathematics Study Program works with a number of parties. In the last two years, Prodi has collaborated with Risk Management team, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI) related to the development of actuarial science in Indonesia.

The READI is a Canadian government program that aims to accelerate the increasing number and quality of actuarial science graduates in Indonesia.

In addition, Mathematics Unpar cooperates with Persatuan Aktuaris Indonesia (PAI) to equip module of several courses in Unpar with some PAI exam modules. To be an adjunct actuary, he continued, one must take several exam modules from the PAI, which the exam module has synchronized with the subject in Mathematics Unpar.

Programs, activities, and prospects of graduates

Mathematics Program, Mathematics Competition, Company Visit, Alumni Sharing, MathGathering, MathCares, Toejoeh Satoe Bulletin(BTS), also the Community of Math Learning Mathematics (IBM) in the field of community service.

The lecturers of Mathematics Study program Unpar began to apply the teaching method of Interactive Digital Learning Environment (IDE) managed by Innovation and Learning Center (PIP) Unpar. In this case, the lecturer keeps the lecture material through IDE.

Lecturers are also included in PIP training activities. As a discussion of the basic assessment, problem-based learning, and course skill in collaboration with The British Council. A number of lecturers have practiced problem-based learning methods in the classroom.

“We try to adjust to the millennial (needs),” said Dharma. On the one hand, he said, the Mathematics Study team cannot fully provide lectures with conventional methods. Speaking of graduates, explained Dharma, Unpar Mathematics alumni spread in various fields of profession.

In preparing its graduates, the Unpar’s Mathematics Study Program in cooperation with the Association of Indonesian Life Insurance (AAJI) related scholarship programs for students, internship / practical work and graduate work placement in insurance companies of AAJI members.

Dharma reveals the applied mathematics may not be comprehensive. instead, analytical thinking is more highlighted. When there is a problem, how to solve it. “You could say, (students) Mathematics has an advantage in situ,” he said.

Dharma hoped that the Mathematics Study Program will become better in its implementation of the Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three guiding principles of higher education). “In terms of teaching, in terms of research (related lecturer grants and cooperation with other institutions both domestic and foreign), and in terms of community service through the existing programs that,” said Dharma.


Source: Kompas Griya Ilmu (Wednesday, 30 May 2018)