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Realizing The Spirit Of Teaching, Researching and Serving

Each university has a noble task Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three main duties of higher education) consisting of Teaching, Research, and Community Service. As one of the universities in Indonesia, Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) also upholds Tri Dharma which is not only a noble task, but more than that it becomes part of Unpar’s soul and fundamental spirit. This can be understood in the sesanti (vision/motto) of the university, namely Bakuning Hyang Mrih Santyaya Guna Bhakti, which means “Based on Divinity pursuing Knowledge to be dedicated to the Community”.

Unpar’s Sesanti (vision/motto) has three main parts. The first is Bakuning Hyang (Based on Divinity). This means that each member of the academic community Unpar has spiritual depth, the depth of relationship with God, the Creator, the Truth, the Creator of the universe because it is only God who knows and understands the intent and purpose of the existence of the entire universe and everything in it.

The second part is Mrih Guna (Pursuing Knowledge). This means that each memeber of the academic community of Unpar has a passion for continually developing the knowledge in accordance with their respective scientific fields in the process of teaching and research. The third part is Santyaya Bhakti (dedication to the community). This means that each of the academic community Unpar directs its depth of relationship with God and the whole process of teaching and research as a community service.

P3M which is a Community Service Education Program is one of the courses offered by Unpar. This General course is organized by the Institute of Humanities Development (LPH) and the Faculty of Philosophy (FF) of Unpar, with the aim to realize Unpar’s passion for teaching, research, and community service within the students and lecturers in concrete ways.

The P3M course utilizes the live-in method in the countryside. The students are accompanied by their P3M Lecturer Field Assistants (DPL) to live together among the villagers for approximately 20-30 days. The process of teaching, research and service occurred during the period when P3M students live together with the community. In this process, the stages through which the student act is observation, data collection and information, the formulation of the existing problems, the prioritization of problems, the search for solutions, the determination of the project, the project implementation and the project completion and joint evaluation.

These stages are the stages of research in general. In each phase, students should always involve the community in the process because in the process people are taught how they can solve problems in their village.

The P3M course that was recently held on January 3-21, 2017 took place in two villages, namely the Village of Rawabogo, Ciwidey District, Bandung regency; and in the village of Sindulang, Cimanggung District, Sumedang regency. The organizing Team chose the villages around West Java as the embodiment of Unpar’s  responsibility to be involved in educating and teaching the people of West Java.

Each village consists of four sub-villages (hamlet) and every hamlet consisting of 2-4 RW (Rukun Warga). Each group of students consisting of 4-5 people, accompanied by one or two DPLs placed in every village. In these villages, they all make the process of teaching, research and service.

There are two important aspects that must be maintained in the implementation process of this P3M course: First, the balance between student engagement and community involvement. Second, the balance between the educational process of students and projects undertaken for the community. The first needs to be maintained so that a sense of ownership, to keep and to maintain projects that have been made can grow in the hearts of the people. The second thing is also necessary to prevent the students from forgetting or disregarding the dimensions of the student’s education. On the other hand, the educational process should not neglect the concrete work that can benefit the community.

The projects that have been carried out in the village of Rawabogo was a simple clean water filtering process in Hamlet 1, channeling clean water from the water source to the homes in Hamlet 2, alley roadwork repair in Hamlet 3, and the managing of plastic waste in Hamlet 4. Projects already conducted in the village of Sindulang was clean water pipe installation in Hamlet 1, alley roadwork repair in Hamlet 2, total renovation of Mushala in Hamlet 3, construction of a protective tub for clean water spring in Hamlet 4.

In addition to the hamlet projects, there were projects that were personally carried out by the students according to the needs of people in each village. For example, early childhood mentoring, socialization of brushing teeth and proper hand washing, teaching Mathematics to mothers, and teaching financial management to shop owners.

The P3M course is one of the academic activities of Unpar that integrates Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi with lectures. With this program Unpar is expected to continuously assist the prosperity of villagers. [UNPAR / B. Ario Tejo Sugiarto Mhum SS- Course Coordinator of P3M]


Source: KOMPAS – Griya Ilmu (Tuesday, January 31, 2017)