UNAIR NEWS – In the end of June, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) will end the even semester. It also marks the preparation of UNAIR to welcome the new semester at the beginning of September. For this reason, UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Moh. Nasih, SE., MT., Ak. explained that he is preparing various new study schemes next semester.
“We have two months to prepare, from the admission of students, facilities, to the incentives for students. We will consider all, “said Prof. Nasih on Friday, June 5, 2020.
Prof. Nasih revealed that last semester’s learning carried out online will serve as evaluation to start next semester. But if the worst scenario happens, if Covid-19 does not subside until September, UNAIR will be ready to re-use the online learning model for classes that do not require hands on lessons and practices.
“But some science subjects’ practices such as health, pharmacy, biology, medicine, cannot be done online. So we will prepare several facilities and laboratories to conduct face-to-face learning models, “he said.
According to Prof. Nasih, practices and classes that require face to face model will apply Covid-19 health protocols. Some of these include restriction of class participants in each practicum session, periodic disinfection, and regulation for washing hands and masks. “Even the use of face shields will also be applied,” he said.
Meanwhile regarding incentives for students, Prof. Nasih does not deny that universities cannot eliminate various kinds of expenses for education and maintenance. However, UNAIR also always tries to pay attention to students who are affected by Covid-19 financially.
“We have a scheme. For parents who are directly affected and have experienced a significant economic downturn, we invite you to submit an application for UKT (tuition fee) payment reduction, “said Prof. Nasih.
The Professor of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) explained that parents or students could write a letter to pay it in installments, apply for postponement, and reduction. However, UNAIR will also continue to conduct observation and selection because it realizes that not all parties are affected financially.
Meanwhile, Prof. Nasih also paid attention to students who objected to the current situation, both regarding UKT and the effectiveness of online learning. UNAIR provides opportunities for those students to apply for academic leave until conditions return to normal.
There is a sense of urgency to learning continuity, according to Prof. Nasih, because UNAIR is trying to consider its impact on students.
“We may not hold classes next semester. But the graduation schedule will be pushed back. Though many of our students should have been able to graduate and work. So we really pay attention to this period and we will carry it out carefully, “he concluded. (*)
Author: Intang Arifia
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh