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Universitas Terbuka celebrates 33rd anniversary, launches book on preservation

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, September 5, 2017  /  11:34 am
Universitas Terbuka celebrates 33rd anniversary, launches book on preservation

Established on Sept. 4, 1984 by former president Soeharto, UT is a state university that aims to provide learning opportunities for everyone. (twitter.com/UnivTerbuka/File)

Universitas Terbuka (UT), which translates to “open university”, celebrated its 33rd anniversary on Monday at the Universitas Terbuka Convention Center building in Pondok Cabe, South Tangerang.

Themed "UT Builds the Nation’s Independent Character", the university emphasizes a flexible learning system, in which students can choose their studying time and academic programs depending on their personal situation.

Universitas Terbuka Rector Ojat Darojat gives a speech during the university's 33rd anniversary celebration on Monday at the Universitas Terbuka Convention Center (UTCC) building in Pondok Cabe, South Tangerang.Universitas Terbuka Rector Ojat Darojat gives a speech during the university's 33rd anniversary celebration on Monday at the Universitas Terbuka Convention Center (UTCC) building in Pondok Cabe, South Tangerang. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

“During the learning process, UT provides resources for students to learn independently,” said Ojat Darojat, the newly elected rector of the university.

At the anniversary celebration, UT also launched a book that marks its dedication to the preservation of nature. Titled UT Membangun Karakter Mandiri Bangsa untuk Melestarikan Bumi (UT Builds the Nation’s Independent Character to Preserve the Earth), the book explores the steps the university has taken to protect the environment and implement its Green Campus program, which was initiated in 2010, including by planting endangered trees around the campus, creating a man-made lake behind its office complex and rehabilitating beach ecosystems in Semarang, Central Java, as well as North Sulawesi.

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A lake in the Universitas Terbuka (UT) campus area was created by the university.A lake in the Universitas Terbuka (UT) campus area was created by the university. (twitter.com/UnivTerbuka/File)

“Every year, UT memorializes its [annual] highlights through a book,” said Mohamad Yunus, the deputy rector for partnership and institutional development, adding that the book would be sold via the university’s online bookstore and could be accessed by the public.

Established on Sept. 4, 1984 by former president Soeharto, UT is a state university that aims to provide learning opportunities for everyone, whether they live in cities or small villages, as its learning system can be done online using print (modules) and non-print media (internet, TV, radio). It also boasts the Distance Learning Unit Program that reaches across Indonesia, from Banda Aceh to Jayapura. (kes)