Brief Explanation of MBKM (Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka) Programme

The study Food Science and Technology Study Programme offers opportunities for students to take credits outside the study programme, allowing them to choose learning opportunities based on their interests for at least three semesters after entering the fifth semester and to respond to the Ministry of Education and Culture regulation No. 3 of 2020. This is organised through the idea and system of independent campus freedom to learn (Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka, MBKM), where a MBKM Recognition Team is responsible for making sure that credits earned outside study programmes are in line with the PLOs curriculum.

Implementing the MBKM curriculum instructed by the Ministry of Education and Culture allows students to obtain a form of learning outside the classroom with the target of learning the same subjects as learning in class. In this regard, the guide adheres to MBKM Guidebook of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture of 2020, and the guide to implement MBKM, Educational Quality Assurance and Development Institute (LPPMP) UNS. This form of off-campus learning allows students to allocate a maximum of 20 credits. If students take 24 credits in one semester, a maximum of 20 credits can be taken off-campus, and the rest can be completed on campus. Off-campus learning schemes in AEC and FST include Industrial Internships, Entrepreneurship, Village Development, Research, Student Exchanges, and Humanitarian Projects. In this case, to ensure off-campus learning achievement, each study programme assigns an MBKM recognition team in coordination with the MBKM team at the faculty and university levels. 

Students can follow several off-campus learning models in several ways:

  1. Students take part in MBKM grants implemented by the Ministry of Education and Culture or related institutions with predetermined activity packages;
  2. Students take part in the internal MBKM grant selection at UNS according to the scheme they have chosen;
  3. Students take part in the MBKM selection by private/industry agencies;
  4. Students choose to take lectures at other higher education institutions.

Student learning rights outside the study programme can be exercised at higher education institutions or non-higher education institutions. The learning process outside of higher education institutions under MBKM policy can be carried out in several models, including block, non-block, accelerated models, and other models in accordance with the study programme’s characteristics. In addition, the weighing of MBKM activities is generally grouped into two forms: free and structured. Free form is an independent learning activity equivalent to 20 credits without equivalent courses. The twenty credits are expressed in the form of competencies acquired by students while participating in a programme that corresponds to the learning outcomes of graduates. On the other hand, structured form is independent learning activities that can be recognised according to the subjects in the study programme curriculum. The twenty credits are stated in the form of equality with the courses offered, where the competencies align with independent learning activities. Each MBKM learning activity is carried out under the guidance of a lecturer from a student’s study programme. The study programme is obliged to facilitate the learning process outside of higher education institutions according to the selected model starting in the fifth semester. For this purpose, the study programme has redistributed higher education institutions compulsory courses, university compulsory courses, faculty/study programme compulsory courses, and elective study programme courses.

The mechanism for submitting off-campus learning follows the flow in the MBKM LPPMP UNS guidelines below.

Figure 1. The Flow of Off-Campus Learning Activities through MBKM Activities

The students of FST SP, UNS can choose to take part in learning outside the study programme in the form of apprenticeships/work practices in the industry or other workplaces, carry out community service projects in the village (Village Fund Grant Programme from the Ministry of Education and Culture), teach in education units, take part in student exchanges within the framework of the Permata Pangan programme (https://fpspangan.wordpress.com) and other programmes (https://sekolaheksporimpor.id), conduct research, carry out entrepreneurial activities, create independent studies/projects, and participate in humanitarian programmes. Students take part in the MBKM programme they are interested in by first receiving guidance from the MBKM recognition team. MBKM activity guidance is carried out by academic advisers from related students. MBKM activities are also carried out by ensuring their relevance for achieving PLOs.