Atma Jaya Catholic University has issued a new normal policy as a protocol for the university to do business. Although the campus is only open to administrative staff, the health protocol, as recommended by health and biology experts from the Atma Jaya School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of biotechnology, is strictly applied. The lectures are in preparation for blended learning, as the offline lessons should take place from November 2020 after the mid-term test.
The Atma Jaya Catholic University (UAJ) has published a New Normal scenario concerning the health and safety protocol to undergo the 2020 school year. This protocol was established taking into account the policies of the DKI government in Jakarta during the transition period . In addition, the university has considered guidelines from the Department of Health and the National Coronavirus Disease Response Acceleration Taskforce, including the KMK No.HK 01.07-MENKES-328-2020 on Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention Control at Offices and Industry.
Strict health protocol
Atma Jaya sees the importance of a strict implementation of a health protocol to adapt to a new normal in the education sector. In collaboration with Atma Jaya’s health and biology experts, the university tried to implement a health protocol that was applied to employees from Thursday, June 11, 2020. This preparation is intended to be fully ready before students return to campus to start their new semester.
“This is one aspect of the risk assessment. We plan to gradually restart campus activities. We carried out a risk assessment for the employees before they started working, ”said Atma Jaya President, Dr. A. Prasetyantoko.
Working hours will be organized by teams from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Semanggi Campus, the Pluit Campus and the BSD Campus. The risk assessment for employees is divided into three categories; low risk, medium and high. Employees in the low risk category start work in June. As for medium and high risk, it will start on July 20 and August 10 consecutively. The number of people in a room is also limited to fifty percent of the total capacity of the rooms.
In addition, Prasetyantoko explained that each work period would be evaluated and evaluated continuously before the opening of the face-to-face conferences in mid-November 2020.
Facilities such as temperature verification, hand washing stand, disinfection of employees arriving by public transport and their workspaces are also applied. All clinics on each campus are also prepared for the health check.
Blended learning conferences
In the conference decision, AJCUI Rector prepared the blended learning program to replace fifty percent of the offline offline conferences. The offline method is preferred for conferences that require field practice or group interaction.
“We try to maintain the quality of education during the implementation of the new normal policies. In May 2020, the QS Stars agency awarded us the highest five-star award in the online learning category. This motivates us to provide the best service to our students, ”said the President.
The university is currently drafting protocols to avoid the possibility of “overcrowding”. In addition to the organization of online seminars and admission tests, the online graduation and orientation of online students are also in preparation. A virtual tour of the campus is planned to introduce first-year students to the campus and its surroundings.
The Vice-Rector for Student and Alumni Affairs, Agustinus Prajaka, said: “The SOP for student activities adapting to this pandemic is a challenge, in addition to the implementation of standard SOPs such as washing hands, masks, temperature measurement and disinfectant. Student activities require adaptation. “
“We support the creativity of students so that they remain productive in the new normal. In addition, in collaboration with the industry sector, we maintain intensive communication to organize a virtual internship new normal in terms of learning. “
Prosocial financial policy for students
Atma Jaya has also launched a series of policies related to financial relief. 1) Payment period for the odd semester 2020/2021 extended until December 2020, (2) All students benefit from a reduction in tuition fees of IDR 500,000 for the odd semester 2020, for a total of 4, IDR 9 billion (3) a total scholarship program of $ 16 billion for students affected by pandemics and regular scholarships (4) Support for mobile data credits for IDR 150,000 (5) Free for online graduation, even the 2019/2010 semester. This is equivalent to one year of administrative, electricity and water costs that the university must spend. In the midst of this difficult period, the university understands that the students have a strong desire to learn and will not let finances confront them.
Students should only submit to the Finance Office, which must check through the student’s head program beforehand. Students must submit the required documents to the Atma Jaya scholarship office for the scholarship program.
AJCUI determined to highlight the spirit of learning in the midst of this difficult time: “We are offering a scholarship program in the form of lower tuition fees for first-year undergraduate and graduate students of a total value of five point seven billion rupees. This program applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Semanggi campus, the Pluit campus and the BSD campus. The conditions are to register, take the selection test and pass the selection, ”said the rector of the Atma Jaya Catholic University, Dr A. Prasetyantoko.