Community Outreach Program
Community Outreach Program (COP) is an inter-discipline educational activity set to give a learning experience to the students by living in the community to give respond to the actual social life & help the community development problems. This program is a part of the curricula for bachelor degree as well as the supporting medium to foster community development.
There are three responsibilities of every higher education institution in Indonesia that have to be performed: teaching, researching, and community serving (“Tridarma Perguruan Tinggi”). COP is an activity that integrates the second and third aspect of “Tridarma Perguruan Tinggi”. Referring to the second aspect of “Tridarma Perguruan Tinggi”, the research, COP participants will observe and analyze the condition of the community where the COP activities taken place. The participants then have to solve the current problems by applying their knowledge and skill of scientific, technology, and art, based on their study of the communities’ condition and potentials. By doing this, the third aspect of the “Tridarma Perguruan Tinggi”, serving the community, are met.
The History of Community Outreach Program
In March 1978, as a member of Perguruan Tinggi Swasta (Private Higher Education), Region VII Kopertis, UK Petra held its first KKN in Sumberrejo, Wlingi Blitar. This was the first KKN held. A year later the students of nature lovers led by Ir. Yuda Endro Wicaksono (Vice Rector III), Drs. Lukas Musianto (Head of Institute of Research and Community Outreach) and dr. Loekman Ichsan (the physician in UK Petra) held another KKN in Ranupane village at the foot of Mount Semeru.
From 1980 until 1985, Kopertis Region VII held annual KKN, in which Drs. Lukas Musianto (LPM UK Petra) participated as a member of Panitia Lokal Pelayanan Masyarakat Kota, Industri dan Desa – PMKD (the Local Community Services Committee Town, and Village Industry), a branch of the central PMKD. At that time, KKN was conducted from August to October 1982. The participants were students from Faculty of Architecture in the District of Kemlangi, Gedeg, and Dawar Blandong, in Mojokerto. The theme of KKN was the garden yard (Taman Pekarangan). After not being conducted for four years, in 1989, KKN was organized in Mojokerto by Mr. Lukas Musianto, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at that time, with the goal for Economic students until 1994.
In year 1995/1996, KKN was renamed as Community Outreach Program (COP) and managed by LPPM. At that time, Dr. Rahardjo Tirtoadmodjo was the Head of LPPM while Drs. Pietra Widiadi was the Chairperson of Community Service. KKN was renamed as Community Outreach Program (COP) because in that year, Dongseo University (South Korea) joined the program so that it became as international one. The cooperation between these two institutions took place as a result of cooperation between the sister city of Surabaya and Busan.
From 1996 to 2003, UK Petra partnered with the government of Magetan to conduct COP in Magetan, in which the students of Dongseo University – South Korea, Inholland University – Netherlands, Hong Kong Baptist University – Hong Kong participated in. In 2004, COP was conducted in Kediri with more participants. Until 2008, eight universities from five countries had already participated in the COP, namely Dongseo University (DSU) – South Korea, INHOLLAND University – the Netherlands, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) – Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – Hong Kong, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, International Christian University (ICU) – Japan, St. Andrew’s University – Japan, and Soochow University – Taiwan.
In 2007, UK Petra applied Service-Learning to Community Outreach Program (COP). As an International Service-Learning, COP is expected to be not only a community service, but also a to be not only a community service, but also a two-way learning process. Students can apply their knowledge to meet the needs of the society and they can learn from the community. They will also have to write a report reflecting this experience. Respectively, in 2008, COP selected by the Indonesian Minister if Education as pilot KKN which conducted internationally.
In 2009, LPPM won a grant from United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) to hold an International Service-Learning. The participants came from 7 countries and 5 other universities:
- South Korea : Dongseo University (DSU), South Korea
- The Netherlands: INHOLLAND University
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Cung Chi College – The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Japan: International Christian University (ICU) and St. Andrew’s University
- India: Lady Doak College
- HKBP Nommensen – Medan
- Universitas Katolik Soegijapranata, Semarang
- Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta
- Universitas Kristen Indonesia Paulus, Makassar
- Universitas Kristen Palangkaraya, Palangkaraya
Other projects done by the students together with the society, are the physical project such as drafting/design, repair & construction of kindergartens, water tank, procurement of public toilets, neighbor watch, bridges, parks, monument, etc and non-physical project like, education, training, workshop/seminar, the teaching of English, computers, sports, martial arts, entrepreneurship, agriculture, foreign cuisine, etc.