The Present Condition of UNJ
Written by Jaya martha
UNJ campuses are located in five different places in the capital city of Jakarta. Most of the university buildings are very old. The existing buildings on the main campus, Rawamangun, were granted from the University of Indonesia (UI), while another campus located on Jalan Pemuda was taken over from Sekolah Tinggi Olahraga (STO, Institute of Sport). The other three campuses were hand over from Sekolah Pendidikan Guru (SPG, Primary Teacher School). The overall existing buildings were built in 1954.
Since its establishment in 1963, the university has not received substantial fund allocated to build a modern campus with a desirable site plan. The existing buildings, therefore, are not well designed, most of them are scattered all over the places and do not meet the standards of a university. All buildings were constructed gradually without the overall campus plan. Although in the last ten years a campus plan has been drafted, it is designed for Cikarang campus, the outskirt of Jakarta. UNJ campuses are located in Rawamangun for development and upgrading is limited by space area hence UNJ considering to propose building with vertical building six and up to stories.
Gradually and slowly the main campus has been reorganized with whatever existing. Currently, the conditions of all these buildings vary. Some of the buildings cannot meet the need for better learning. The building capacity is limited, spaces available mostly for classrooms. To house 16,575 students, 911 academic staff and 560 administration staff for teaching and learning activities, the university has to apply the shift system. Work spaces for lectures are not available and office spaces for administration staff are not adequate in terms of size. Toilets, bathroom and other public facilities are in a poor condition. Equipment for learning in many academic departments is not sufficient in terms of numbers and adequacy to meet the learning needs of students. Laboratory equipment, furniture and other kinds of learning facilities on the whole need modernization and replacement.
Geographically, UNJ is located below sea level and the drainage system is not well designed. These conditions do not benefit for UNJ, when the rain season comes. UNJ campus has been experiencing severe flood when the big rain is coming every year. It often disturbs academic and administrative activities in UNJ because students cannot come to the class. The university staffs are not able to work because some office and laboratory equipments do not function well due to the flood.
It is important to note that learning facilities and campus environment are part of hidden curriculum provided by UNJ as higher education institution. Therefore, the construction of new educational facilities is very fundamental to future development of UNJ. Through the provision of new buildings covering a number of faculties and academic departments of the university, there will be a lot of chances to bring about including the quality improvement programs for the development of the university and the teaching profession. With these educational facilities, the enrollment expansion, the performance improvements of lecturers and students, and the aforementioned university’s role in preparing highly professional teachers and other professions could efficiently and effectively be carried out.