Rector of Syiah Kuala University, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng, greeted students online via video conference on Wednesday (4/22/2020). This activity was attended by hundreds of Unsyiah students from various locations in Aceh and also cities in Indonesia. This activity aims to capture aspirations as well as to find out the condition of Unsyiah students who are currently studying online since mid-March.
Through a video conference, Prof. Samsul explained the implementation of online lectures that had been carried out by Unsyiah teachers. This lecture system is applied by Unsyiah as part of the physical distancing recommended by WHO and the Government of Indonesia. Although in practice online lectures have advantages and disadvantages, this condition according to the Rector is not a reason for students to not be optimal in lectures. These weaknesses and strengths must be a motivation so that lectures in difficult times corona is not in vain.
"Online lectures certainly have obstacles, especially not as expected from the curriculum. But at least, this process provides new experiences for students in their lectures, "said Prof. Samsul.
Unsyiah has also collaborated with Telkomsel to provide free internet quotas for students to support online lectures from home. In this way students can optimally implement physical distancing daily, so there is no need to go to the coffee shop to search the internet. This step also gives students peace of mind when studying and doing assignments. Gradually the internet quota is distributed free of charge directly to Unsyiah student mobile numbers that have been recorded.
In addition, the Rector also appealed to students who were in his hometown to educate families and people around about the dangers of the corona virus. Students as young generation must be pro-active in inviting the public to implement physical distancing, good hand washing, wearing masks, and educating the public about the spread of the corona virus.
The Rector also recommended that students who were still in Banda Aceh postpone returning home during Lebaran. This is done because the spread of the corona virus is increasingly massive at the moment, as well as anticipating the spread of the virus in my hometown.
This online meeting received a positive response from Unsyiah students. Many of them appreciated the Unsyiah's step in helping the government deal with the corona virus. They also appreciated the distribution of free internet quota that made it easier for students to study online. The two-hour activity was attended by foreign students and PSDKU Gayo Lues students. (Unsyiah PR / fer)