Atma Jaya Catholic University (AJCUI) received a five-star rating in the online learning category in QS Star in 2020. This achievement has been recognized by the Region III Higher Education Services Institute (LLDIKTI), which awarded 54 outstanding higher education institutions that have succeeded in innovating and contributing to volunteer activities during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
At the virtual awarding ceremony on Monday (June 29th, 2020), Rector Atma Jaya Catholic University Dr. A. Prasetyantoko said that the Pandemic had brought a significant change to the education sector; therefore, it necessary to find new ways to be relevant. “Covid-19 Pandemic is a real challenge for everyone across the globe. Hence the education sector has to discover new relevant ways amid this changing time. Adopting technology to a lecture in one of the options. Atma Jaya Catholic University uses this Covid-19 moment as a push to adopt online learning to our education even further. We were referring to the adequate measurements, standards, and benchmarks to make it happen,”
Dr. Prasetyantoko continues by saying that the Full-five star in the Online Learning category is only a one-step to many future challenges needed to complete. Atma Jaya is still prioritizing a character-building student development. In addition to promoting digital transformation, AJCUI continues to promote social responsibility and openness.
Dr. Prasetyantoko said some adjustments are needed to give excellent service to the students. “The Full-five QS star achievement in Online learning is a good start for us, yet we still need to improve our service. Not only for the delivery but also for the learning management system and curriculum. At essence, we need to keep being relevant amidst the changing situation.” said Rector of Atma Jaya.
After the first Covid-19 case in Indonesia announced last March, Atma Jaya immediately issued a policy to move all lecture activities to massive online learning. The policy follows the government’s call to stay at home to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
AJCUI pays serious attention to ensure connectivity between lecturers and students. This support is essential to support them in delivering the best and excellent work. It reflected through the availability of digital learning management systems (LMS) platforms such as Moodle and Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Massive open & online courses (MOOC) AtmaZeds, and digital library AtmaLib. AtmaZeds itself provides more than one hundred and fifty choices of free, certified online courses that can be accessed by anyone.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Atma Jaya conducts online tests for the high school leavers or future students for all academic degrees. By doing so, Atma Jaya Catholic University believes that technology should be a national unifying tool to provide access to education for the nation’s children from anywhere to get access to a good education.
Atma Jaya is currently finalizing a blended learning program for the 2020/2021 odd semester lecture activities, combining fifty percent of face-to-face lectures with the online method. The offline lecture is being planned to being run in early November 2020.