Guideline of Innovative Kuliah Pengembangan Masyarakat (KPM) of Universitas Membangun Desa (UMD) December 2017
The activities of Kuliah Pengembangan Masyarakat/KPM (community service learning) are specifically designed under the Universitas Membangun Desa (UMD) scheme, supported by KOMPAK and the Australian Government. The purpose of this activity is developing the economic opportunities for local communities. It is in line with the goal of KOMPAKto improve basic services for the community. The KPM UMD program specifically targets women to provide equal opportunities and access to all social groups. Community service is one of the roles of the university, in addition to education, teaching, and research.
The implementation of education and teaching is related to the increased capacity of the lecturers and students, while research is associated with the development of science. Community service is the responsibility of the university to apply the knowledge developed in the institution for the benefits of the society. Community service at Ar-Raniry State Islamic University (UIN) is implemented by the faculty members and students, through Friday sermons and community development activities. Students deliver the Kuliah Pengembangan Masyarakat/KPM, a revised version of Kuliah Kerja Nyata (KKN/Student Study Service). The KPM at UIN Ar-Raniry is a compulsory course for all students. As a required course, the KPM is offered at the eighth semester, which means the students can only register after they have completed all other courses.
In the implementation of KPM, UIN Ar-Raniry utilizes various models and approaches, including KPM- Participatory Action Research (PAR), which has been implemented for the last five years. The Innovative-KPM commenced in 2016 with the support of KOMPAK and the Australian Government, and it is considered innovative for the following reasons: 1) The adoption of participatory approach (Participatory Action Research and Community Based Research) involves beneficiaries in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the activities in Kubu, Cot Jurumudi, and Peulanteu Village of Arongan Lambalek Sub-district; West Aceh District; 2) KPM locations are jointly selected by the university and local government according to the village needs and potential resources; 3) KPM activities this year are focusing on economic empowerment; 4) The main beneficiariesare poor women; and 5) KPM activities combine the faculty and student research.
This book is expected to provide the guidelines for the faculty and students in implementing the innovative KPM in West Aceh and other locations in Aceh, as well as outside the province.
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