Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) together with 15 state tertiary institutions in the western region of Indonesia opened the path for new independent student admissions. The path, called the West Indonesia PTN Regional Selection (SMMPTN-West), began to open on July 10 - August 22, 2020.
Chairperson of 2020 West SMMPTN who is also the Rector of Unsyiah Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng, said that this pathway could be an alternative for prospective students who failed on the SBMPTN track. This selection is carried out simultaneously with PTN which is incorporated in the Western Region Cooperation Agency (BKS).
In addition to Unsyiah, PTNs organizing were Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Untirta), Bengkulu University, Jambi University (Unja), Lampung University, Padangpanjang Indonesian Art Institute, Palangkaraya University (UPR), Malikussaleh University (Unimal), Raja Ali Haji Maritime University (Unim) UMRAH), Bangka Belitung University, Teuku Umar University, Sumatra Institute of Technology, Indonesian Institute of Arts and Culture (ISBI) Aceh, Samudera University, Riau University, and Siliwangi University.
He explained that the registration for West SMMPTN 2020 was done online through the site https://pend registration.smmptnbarat.id/. Participants in this pathway are graduates with diplomas from the last three years 2018, 2019, and 2020. However, there are several campuses that have special criteria.
Such as Unsyiah, which does not allow diploma C package to register at the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
"There are several campuses that have specific diploma requirements policies. We ask participants to be able to understand well each registration flow at the destination campus, "said Prof. Samsul.
In this year's West SMMPTN track, Unsyiah also accepts student achievement pathways. This pathway is specifically for participants who have achieved good achievements in the fields of religion, sports, and national level achievements. Participants for the Achievement track are required to register through the West SMMPTN website and for full information can be seen on the page www.unsyiah.ac.id.
"We hope that participants can prepare themselves as well as possible. Because this independent pathway is the last route to get into tertiary education, "concluded the Rector.