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Sindu: Invented by Unparian, Hope for Indonesia

Prof. Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro as the chairman of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) once said that it is hoped that someday the accreditation of higher education institutions is not only seen from the positivist and exact point of view which refers to numbers. This was conveyed in the Discussion of the Preparation of the Long-Term Development Plan and the Unpar Development Master Plan, on (9/7) held in the Operation Room of the Unpar Rectorate Building.

Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) through Sindu or Spirituality and Basic Values ​​of Unpar seeks to instill Sindu values ​​into the souls of students, especially the participants of the new school year. The activities of learning and embedding Sindu values ​​are always carried out on the first day of the SIAP-orientation study series and the introduction of the Unpar campus.

Opened by a flag-raising ceremony and some symbolic rituals such as the awarding of alma mater suits for some students, in 2018, the event organizers held a unique activity namely the national flashmob which was opened with a satirical oration about millennial generation. Followed by a dance that was followed by all the participants and the committee which was accompanied by a medley of struggle songs and folk songs. This is intended as a re-introduction of patriotic songs as well as ethnic Indonesian.

Sindu which is also rooted in the thoughts of Mgr. Arntz and Mgr. Geise as the founder of Unpar emphasized the balance between various factors. Some values ​​carried by Unpar, namely Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Caritas et Veritae (Love and Truth), and Humanum Religiosum (Religious Humanism). These things were conveyed by the facilitators during the first day of observation which emphasized self-analysis and possible forms to be practised on campus.

“We actually (have) far more students who (originally) came from outside Java. In short, Unpar is like a mini version of Indonesia, “said Andreas Doweng Bolo, one of the facilitators and members of the Unpar Humanities Development Institute (LPH) who reviewed and developed Sindu.

A variety of interactive and communicative and dynamic activities serve as a method to introduce the concepts of diversity and nationalism to new students. Learning does not feed new students with rigid concepts, either one of the facilitators, Sylvia Yazid led new students to be critical and contextualize the things they learned. For example, when discussing attitudes of diversity and nationalism, one student said that we must always place our common interests before our own interests.

Sylvia responded to the statement with a question. “What if my personal affairs are more urgent than joint interests that can be delayed? Do I have to succumb to mutual interests in any condition ? “she told the female student who again thought about it more deeply.

“Nationalism and togetherness are important, but critical thinking and understanding the context are also important to determine priorities,” Sylvia explained. In addition, what is unique is symbolizing the sensitivity of cultural diversity in Indonesia, so each facilitator who introduces Sindu to new students was wearing traditional attributes on their clothes.

With this education, it is expected that Sindu can continue to be enlivened by students as long as they study at Unpar. Sindu’s thinking that is balanced between ethnic, religious and nationalist aspects is also expected to shape them and guide students when they graduate as part of a society that lives according to the principles of Sindu and practiced in social life according to the Tri Dharma (Three main responsibilities) of Higher Education.