The International Undergraduate Program
Chemistry Program, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta
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The prosperity of modern societies is partially based on the significant achievements of Chemistry. Progress in this discipline enables innovations in medicine, agriculture, energy, and in almost all manufacturing sectors of industry and materials for everyday use. With it, chemistry contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of people.
The Chemistry Department, which is nationally leading and internationally recognized in education, research, and community services has the responsibility to prepare qualified graduates having excellent knowledge and skills in Chemistry, a capability to manage international collaboration and competition, as well as motivation to achieve the prosperity of society. The Department of Chemistry was established on September 1, 1960, and it has international standing in a couple of decades ago. The postgraduate programs were inaugurated in 1980. Now, it offers undergraduate, master, and doctoral programs. Currently, the enrollment comprises 478 undergraduate, 180 master, and 84 Ph.D. students. As of May 2011, the department has granted 1883 B.Sc. (Sarjana Sains), 350 M.Sc., and 21 Ph.D. degrees.
TEACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF
The department has 44 educative staff members, 33 of them are Ph.D. holders. Among the Ph.D. members, 25 have overseas Ph.D. degrees. Of them, 14 are professors and 18 associate professors. There are seven educative staff members taking Ph.D. courses in foreign and domestic universities. It is supported by 34 quality technicians and administration staff.
The current curriculum offers 114 credit hours of core courses and 79 credit hours of elective courses. A candidate has to complete all 114 credit hours of the core courses and 30 credit hours of elective courses with GPA of at least 2.00 to granted a B.Sc. degree. Likewise, M.Sc. And Ph.D. students have to complete 40 and 16-course hours, respectively, with decent GPA.
For a better quality program, the undergraduate program has been regularly assessed by National Board of Accreditation of Higher Education (BAN-PT) with grade ‘A.’ In October 2009, it was also evaluated by ASEAN University Network QA. Also, both M.Sc. And Ph.D. programs were also achieved ‘A’ quality.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
The department occupies part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences buildings with the total floor plan of 6000 m2. It has four research and teaching laboratories that are Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories and one undergraduate teaching laboratory for Basic Chemistry Laboratory Work and a Computational Chemistry Laboratory of Austrian-Indonesian Centre for Computational Chemistry (AIC). It is also equipped with an array of an international standard of research equipment including AAS, UV-Vis, DTA-TGA, Electrophoresis, Potentiometer, Bomb Calorimeter, GC-MS, HPLC, H-NMR, IR, UV-VIS, TLC Scanner, etc. In January 2010, it acquired a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), a major equipment to support qualified nano-research.
JOINT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
Since 2007, the Department of Chemistry has started a joint M.Sc. Dual Degree Program with The Institute of Ecological Chemistry and Waste Analysis of the Faculty of Life Sciences of Technische Universitaet Carolo Wilhelmina (TUBS) in Braunschweig, Germany, in the field of “Sustainability and Chemical Safety”. The aim of the program is “to enable the students towards the application of chemical principles in lifting the quality of human life without degrading the biotic and abiotic environmental quality”. To date, it has granted 15 M Sc degrees. Germany. Some staffs have various joint research with international institutions such as Keio University, Chiba University, Hokkaido Universities, TUBS, etc. The department is also actively involved in Excellence Center for Development (EXCEED) Cooperation, i.e. an international organization for sustainable water management in developing countries.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION
Research is one of the cores of the department advancement. Research is elaborated to support the advancement of science and its application and to assist Universitas Gadjah Mada in pursuing its vision to become an internationally recognized research university. The staff members within the department develop five research groups consisting of Life Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Material Chemistry, and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. In the last five years, they published 28 papers in international and 64 in national journals. Some of the faculty members serve as editors and reviewers of international journals, and even as Scientific Adviser of IFS (International Foundation for Sciences), Sweden. For more details, please email to the chair of the program, Dr. Roto, M. Eng., (firstname.lastname@example.org)