Entrepreneurship for youth


Sun, 02/21/2010 4:09 PM  |  Discover

The global financial downturn has reduced job opportunities for young people. Subsequently, the younger generation’s rate of unemployment has rapidly increased. The solution to this problem is strengthening youth entrepreneurship.

Although it is still debatable how this problem would be best addressed, one of the best ideas that has been raised is to provide capital and teach life skills to youngsters within a local community.

Young people should be trained in entrepreneurship and life skills such as sewing, engineering and so on, based on their interests.

There is no need to build new training centers as it could be carried out in popular places such as village hall, school, or any places that could accommodate the activities.

The local community can also provide its own businessperson or mechanic as trainers for the young people.

The program should not stop at training. The young people could make a group of their own and create a business proposal they would have to submit to the government.

With guidelines and capital from the government, each group could open their own business such as auto garages, tailoring, and many others.

That program not only stops in giving capital, but also continues periodically. Youngsters who have trained are given capital to open their own business is evaluated periodically by government, for example, once a quarter.

The group that has the best plan and execution, and shows increasing benefit in a period of three years, for example, is eligible for an award from the government. It will raise motivation among the young people to do their best in the program.

Eventually this program will create innovative young people. The local community will also benefit from this program not only because the business will improve the local economy but the skillful, innovative young people will become ready to build the society.

The economic crisis is the impetus to nurture entrepreneurship in young people. In the end, the country will become a wealthy nation because of this program.

Ferril Irham M

Student of State University of Malang, East Java


Malang lecture focuses on change in the US


There is no end to discussions about changes. The United States of America, as a big multicultural country, has gone through changes in many ways.

This was the very word that led young people to throw their support behind newly elected President Barrack Obama.

In his latest book America Dreaming, author Laban Hill shows how the recent election was not the first time young people changed the face of America, since this had also happened way back in the sixties.

Hill, who has written around 25 titles and many articles on fiction, poetry, history and others, visited Malang University on Oct. 6, to give a guest lecture on the changes in America.

During the 90-minute session organized by the unversity’s school of English in cooperation with the US Embassy, Hill approached the topic from a different angle to the mass media, which has often focussed on changes in the 1960s related to sex, drugs and music.

Instead, he focused on gender and racial equality, as well as environmental sustainability.

It was during that time, the pursuit of equality in gender was raised above the surface, Hill said. Working women protested about discrimination at work.

At the time, women were paid less than men doing the same job or in the same position. According to data collected by Hill, at that time women received half as much as men.

Nowadays, he said, payments have increased about US$1 for men and 76 US cents for women in comparison.

It was also in that decade when African American and other ethnicities living in the US made a movement to protest ethnic discrimination.

At that time there was a segregation of rights at public facilities such as in schools, on buses, in restaurants and in politics.

This long and sometimes painful movement resulted in the eventual election of Obama, an African American. He couldn’t have become the president of the US if there was no sixties movement, Hill said.

The green revolution also began in the decade when American people realized they should save the Earth.

They reduced, reused and recycled, and had thought at all about electric-powered cars which produced no air pollution. Companies also took part to reduce pollution they made in manufacturing.

In the discussion held after the lecture, most of audience asked Hill about American lifestyle.

The discussions were interesting and fun because of Hill’s witty answers. At the end of the lecture, Hill received a surprise batik gift from the organizer.

Ferril Irham M
Student of State University of Malang, East Java


My TWO CENTS: Projects, not exams, show students’ real abilities


The ongoing debate as to whether the corruption-riddled National Examinations should be continued has raised questions as to which system could best measure the accomplishment of primary and secondary school students.

The basic idea of education is not to see if students can pass a multiple choice test, but rather to ensure they actively retain the knowledge and skills needed not only to survive in, but to be a benefit to society.

Why not assign students a final school project in which they can apply their knowledge while learning new skills and, at the same, gain a mark that more accurately reflects their abilities?

The existing national exam, simply known as the UN, only evaluates math, English, Indonesian and three other subjects for high school students, based on their majors.

The current system means students only learn enough of these subjects to be able to reasonably guess the answer of the UN’s multiple-choice questions.

It is not fair for primary school students, who have studied hard for six years, or for secondary students who have spent three years learning, to have their future determined in one five-day examination. Worse still, the school or the students can cheat on the exam.

With a final project, however, students would be able to put into practice what they have learned during their many hours at school. Primary students, for instance, could demonstrate what they have learned with a creative handicraft project, while older students could do research or execute a program that betters their community.

Not only would this allow greater creativity, the students would learn the importance of hard work, and would take an active role in, and learn responsibility for, their surrounding environment. It would be an accomplishment on its own for both the students and the school.

It is time to find a new method of evaluation for students that is not only effective in improving education but also nurtures a creative generation.

Ferril Irham M
Student of State University of Malang, East Java


Peringkat Alexa UM Semakin Membaik: 44.650

Pada hari Rabu, 20 Maret 2010 pukul 18.50, website UM mencatat prestasi baru yaitu peringkat 44.650 versi Alexa. Ini berarti UM masuk dalam 45.000 website yang paling populer di dunia versi Alexa.


Dalam gambar di atas kelihatan bahwa dalam 3 bulan terakhir, grafik peringkat Alexa um.ac.id (berwarna biru) sudah stabil berada dalam top 100.000 bahkan dalam satu bulan terakhir kadang-kadang sudah mulai di atas brawijaya.ac.id (berwarna merah). Tetangga yang lain, umm.ac.id, peringkat hariannya sudah mulai masuk top 100.000 dunia walaupun peringkat tiga bulannya belum masuk top 100.000.

Peringkat Alexa empat perguruan tinggi di Malang sebagai berikut:

  1. Brawijaya: 38.264
  2. UM: 44.650
  3. UMM: 112.690
  4. UIN Malang: 263.869.

Alexa (http://alexa.com) adalah sistem pemeringkatan terhadap semua situs di dunia maya berdasarkan pada rata-rata banyaknya kunjungan per hari dan jumlah halaman yang dilihat per hari selama 3 bulan terakhir. Peringkat Alexa diperbarui setiap hari.

Malang, 20 Maret 2010

Johanis Rampisela (Ketua Divisi Perangkat Lunak)


Pada tahun anggaran 2010, Direktorat Kelembagaan, Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Tinggi meluncurkan Program Bantuan Dana untuk Kegiatan Kemahasiswaan. Program ini bersifat kompetitif yang bertujuan memberikan dukungan kepada mahasiswa (perseorangan maupun kelompok) atau organisasi kemahasiswaan untuk menyalurkan bakat, minat dan kemampuannya dalam bidang tertentu yang dapat menambah wawasan keilmuan, pembentukan sikap, dan keterampilan.

Bantuan dana diberikan antara 5 jt sampai dengan 250 jt, berdasarkan pengelompokan kegiatan regional, nasional dan internasional dan penilaian kelayakan usulan sesuai dengan kegiatan yang akan dilaksanakan.

Persyaratan, mekanisme dan format proposal silakan membaca web kemahasiswaan.um.ac.id.

Fatmawati (Kabag Kemahasiswaan)


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