Activities, Supporting Facilities and Infrastructures
Kinds of Activities
To broaden and enhance students' critical capacities, the Department of Governmental Science organizes a number of activities such as:
First, holding a guest lecture held in every semester. The guest lectures are usually picked up the themes related to the study of governmental science such as local autonomy development and problem, local autonomy prospect, the dynamics of local politics, elections, the existence of political parties, the design of local budgets (APBD), the sustainability of democracy in the world and in Indonesia, and various other governmental science studies. For presenters of the guest lecture, the Department of Governmental Science presents governmental experts and observers of both local and national scale, the practitioners of both local and central practitioners, and social activists engaged in the field of social politics and science of government
Second, conducting seminars and dialogues related to the politics and governmental problems of Indonesia. This activity is usually held to respond political issues or social issues; state; government of local, national, and international issues (world policy). Seminars and dialogues present academics and practitioners who are experts on the issue discussed.
Third, it is conducting comparative studies in various government agencies, private agencies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). Comparative study is conducted in order to add the scientific reference and university students experience in designing and developing the science of government. Comparative studies in government agencies are usually held by visiting the state institutions such as parliament, the House of Representatives, KPK, and BPK. Meanwhile, comparative studies in private institutions are usually held by visiting the mass media such as Jawa Pos, Kompas, Tempo, etc. In addition, the studies in Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are usually held by visiting non-governmental organizations which concern in the areas of government. UMM students and lecturers of Governmental Science had visited the reputable NGOs for several times. In December 2009, they visited NDI (National Democratic Institute), FPBET (Participatory Budgeting and Expenditure Tracking), and FPPM (Community Participation Development Forum). Through the visit, students could directly have hearing with NGO activists to discuss issues that are often encountered. Through the hearing, the students could understand and relate the governmental theories with the real fact gained from experiences ever undertaken by NGO activists. For instance, NDI activist who concentrated on the areas of local budget advocacy (APBD) could tell the students directly how to form local budgets, and what is the problem in the process of its establishment, implementation, and until the stage of budget accountability.
Fourth, Governmental Science Students often holds a national meeting mediated by the Forum of Communication and Cooperation of Governmental Science throughout Indonesia (FOKKERMAPI). In December 2009, FOKKERMAPI organized by the Association of Governmental Science Department held a national meeting. It was summarized through the National Congress and Seminar in which there were a series of activities such as keynote speakers, national seminar, Governmental Science Student Leadership Training of Medium National Level (LKMPTM-Nas and National Congress of FOKKERMAPI). The event was held for three days and the theme was "Regulation of the National Leadership; Efforts to Prosper the People". One of the goals of the congress was to strengthen communication forum of Governmental Science throughout Indonesia and to show their existence. Besides, the congress was expected to be the source of inspiration to its members of the forum and to contribute ideas for the wider community. In addition to these goals, governmental science students particularly UMM from Governmental Science would have a network that will strengthen and make the alumni of the Governmental Science existed in the world of work.
Fifth, in order to develop Governmental Science student’s leadership, the department and HMJ (Governmental Science Department Student Association) always holds the leadership training in every academic year which is known as Student Leadership Basic Training (LDKM). In the academic year of 2009, the training was held on December 5-6 in the Bumiaji Village Government Office Batu with the theme "Being Constructive on the Religious and Human Leadership Locus”. The purposes of the leadership training among others were developing the student leadership in line with the development of democracy and good governance, providing stimulus to the students to have a sense of responsibility in the life of nation and state.
Sixth, it is organizing semi-formal intensive discussion. The discussion is conducted with students and lecturers in department office, laboratories, student association office, and in other places such as café and shop). The purpose of the activity is to make the students able to explore the knowledge gained in the classroom which is then associated with the political, social, and governance issues. In addition to these objectives, through the activity, students can interact with their lecturer outside the classroom so that there are dynamic, creative and critical relationship between students and lecturers.
Seventh, in addition to the scientific activities as mentioned above, the Government Science Departments also organizes social activities such as holding social services, fasting break with the community, and others. It is done to cultivate social spirit of Governmental Science students.
Eighth, the Department of Governmental Science has some routine activities such as publishing bulletin of every graduation, holding briefing or training on thesis proposal of every semester.
The classrooms which are very representative, completed with multimedia facilities enables learning process to be more effective so that the students are easier to participate in it.
The Governmental Science is an information and multimedia technology-based laboratory where students can access and develop their academic potencies. Facilitated with 17 computers which contain Strategic Data Information System (SISDASAT), e-Government development, and database on governmental organization structure in East Java provinces, region in figure, general election, public services, several research results, and governmental studies.
In addition to the central library equipped with digital technology (digital library system), there is also department library which provides book collection on politics and government right from Indonesian publication and imported books. Thus, it can support teaching-learning process and student's horizon expanding.
There is a facility of representative, quite, and cool reading room beside the library. It provides a variety of magazines, newspapers, journals, and selected researches.
Study Forum is a discussion and studies medium for Governmental Science students so that they can develop scientific insight and students' analitical-critical skill on the political and governmental issues. It is usually held outside the classrooms for example in the laboratory.
Religious Studies Forum
Al Faruq religious studies forum is a discussion and studies medium in which it can be joined by the Governmental Science students in order to improve insight and develop spirit of questioning.
It is a research activity which has relation to the governmental studies in government agencies, communities, and Non-Governmental Organization, and other institutions.
Hotspot area facilitates students in accessing free internet connection to search information, broad network, and look for academic material such as lecture task, research material, and data to complete thesis.
Students with academic problems will be handled by an experienced counselor team in which the team has experience in overcoming academic problems of students.