In 2017, Faculty of Engineering UMS registered for two types of competitions, the fisrt is Energy Saving Car Competition which held by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education at the Kenjeran Circuit in Surabaya and the second is Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) which held in Singapore.

Each competition had a strict selection process. For Energy Saving Car Competition, they could enter the race and compete, while for Shell Eco Marathon (SEM), they failed in the third selection.

Because they participated in this SEM selection, UMS and several other universities in Indonesia and Southeast Asia were invited to participate in Energy Saving Car Prototype Competition. Which UMS was selected to participate in that competition which was held in Japan. (2018 World Econo Move Grand Prix).

The type of this car is prototype. Prototype is a future vehicle with a special design that maximizes aerodynamic aspects for research, racing, and other purposes. This prototype generally has two front wheels and one rear wheel (three-wheeled). This car uses a VLDC electric motor drive, where the controller was developed by Electrical Engineering students under the guidance of Dr. Ulinuha. While chassis, transmission and Body were developed by Mechanical Engineering students under the guidance of Mr. Pramuko and Mr Al Fatih Hendrawan. Furthermore, for ergonomic development in the cockpit will be developed by Industrial Engineering student under the guidance of Dr. Harry Prasetyo and Mr. Junaedi.

 

Healthy Walk Event was Held to Commemorate The 59th Anniversary of UMS

The series of activities to commemorate The 59th Anniversary of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) were held. At this time, it was continued with an event that was awaited by the UMS academic community, the event was a healthy walk. This event started from the starting point at Faculty of Psychology UMS’ field and ended at the entrance gate of Main Building Siti Walidah UMS, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The route that passed was quite long. It started from Faculty of Psychology UMS’ field towards Menco Street, then it continued towards Assalam Hypermart. At Assalam Hypermart, participants were able to exchange lottery tickets with shopping coupons for 40 thousand rupiahs. After that the participants continued the route to the south gate of Main Building Siti Walidah UMS, and there was already provided consumption to accompany them in rest session.

On this occasion, Prof. Dr. dr. EM Sutrisna, M.Kes, as the head of the committee for Healthy Walk Event, revealed that there were various series of activities to commemorate The 59th Anniversary of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS). Several other activities were health education, mass medical treatment, various sports competitions, healthy walk and Folk Party for Wayang Kulit Show.

“The 59th Anniversary of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) has several activities, including health education, mass medical treatment, several sports competitions and healthy walk. Then on December 9, insya Allah, we will also hold Folk Party for Wayang Kulit Show and collaborate with a theatre to show the history of the establishment of UMS”, he said.

He also re revealed that besides those activities, there will be held Inauguration Ceremony for UMS New Mosque. “And maybe the highlight of UMS Anniversary is the inauguration of new UMS Mosque. That new mosque is Sudalmiyah Rais Mosque”, he said.

The participants of this Healthy Walk Event were quite a lot. There werw about more than 7000 participants. This was also expressed by The Rector of UMS, Dr. Sofyan Anif, M.Si that there were more than 7000 participants who followed this Healthy Walk Event. UMS also had provided 8000 shirts to be given for the academic community and their families, students and guests, but this number was still lacking.

“According to the note that given to me, the participants of this healthy walk are more than 7000. We didn’t only provide 7000 shirts but also up to 8000 shirts, because each family member who comes is not only one or two, but also bring other family members”, he said in a welcoming speech of this healthy walk event.

Furthermore, in this healthy walk event, there were also music entertainment that performed by My Band UMS. Then there were about 59 booths that also enlivened this event. Many door prizes were also distributed included consolation prizes, 28 units of bicycles, 2 units of refrigerators nd 2 units of Honda motorbikes.

At the end of his speech, The Rector of UMS also expressed his gratitude to all the participants who participated in enlivening this event. “I would like to thank the whole community, especially to The Manager of Muhammadiyah Branch and Subdistrict, and the academic community who participated in Healthy Walk Event”, he concluded.

 

UMS Ranking in Asia by QS World University Rangkings

Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta was ranked as the best private university in Indonesia by Quacquarelli Symonds. This fact was known from the list of the best universities in Asia that released by that rating board in June 2016. The title of that release is QS University Ranking Asia 2016: Based on the result of 2016 Asian University Rangking Survey.

“Four state universities were ranked as the four best universities in Indonesia based on research of the 11 best Indonesian universities 2016 by Quacquarelli Symonds. Uniquely, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta is able to beat Universitas Brawijaya Malang”, said Sutarno from Bisnis.com.

The ranking of the 11 best Indonesian universities was based on the ranking of the best universities in Indonesia in the Asian region. As the result, the 11 best Indonesian universities in 2016 were Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Airlangga, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Diponegoro, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Universitas Brawijaya dan Universitas Bina Nusantara.

UI, ITB, UGM ranking increased significantly. UI’s ranking increased from 79 (last year) to 67, ITB increased significantly from 122 to 86, and UGM from 137 to 135. Two other state universities’ ranking also increased. They were Institut Pertanian Bogor from 211 to 190 and Universitas Diponegoro from 261 to 231. There was also a state university that decreased drastically in rank. It was Universitas Padjadjaran from 168 to 199.

“Other universities that ranked on this year are Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November and Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta in the 251-300 ranking group, Universitas Brawijaya and Universitas Bina Nusantara in 301-350 ranking group”, as written in the realese of QS University Ranking Asia 2016.

The UMS ranking in 2016 remained at 8 from the previous year (2015). Last year, there were only 9 Indonesian universities in the QS University Ranking. Two new universities that ranked on this year are Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Bina Nusantara.

 

Focus Group Discussion of Muhammadiyah and UMS Leaders

Dr. Haedar Nashir, M.Si as The General Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Executive attended The Focus Group Discussion (FGD) at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS), Saturday, March 5, 2016. The FGD event took the theme “Muhammadiyah in Modern Society Struggle”. This FGD is intended to solicit and gather thoughts from Muhammadiyah figures. The results will be published as a effort in a book.

This FGD featured two speakers. First speaker is Prof. Dr. Bambang Setiaji, The Rector of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta and the second is Dr. Haedar Nashir, M.Si. Prof. Dr. Bambang Setiaji emphasized his presentation on how to develop Muhammadiyah using the cloning system. The cloning system can be applied to the development of Muhammadiyah membership commitments through the pension system. Furthermore, the cloning system can be carried out for the establishment of hospitals, superior schools and even Muhammadiyah universities.

Explanation of Dr. Haedar Nashir, M.Si emphasized on the Muhammadiyah’s struggle in the life of the state, nationality and modern society in recent time. Furthermore, Dr. Haedar also discussed the history of the establishment of Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah in the context of efforts to reform and renew the modern da’wah movement of Ahmad Dahlan and his wife. “Dahlan is a reformer. This is due to three things: social reform, da’wah movements, and non-partisan political movements”, said Dr. Haedar.

According to Dr. Haedar, Muhammadiyah is a modern Islamic movement. This movement wants to return Islam to what was taught by the Prophet Muhammad SAW, but the thoughts that developed are modern thoughts. The adoption of modern thought often produces liberal ideas. The concept of the movement like this is known as Islam Berkemajuan or Progressive Islam.

This FGD activity was held by the School of Nationality and Entrepreneurship. This school is a new institution at UMS which is currently led by Dr. Nurgiyatna. Dozens of UMS lecturers attended this activity including The Head of Faculties and Institutions at UMS.