Malahayati University; Religious & Humanist

MALAHAYATI University is an institution of higher education in Indonesia which is not only developing knowledge from various disciplines, the students will also be equipped with discipline, ethics, and religion.

In addition, the values ​​of humanist are instilled through fostering the orphans that are included in the statutes of the university. A concern for the orphans, for example a rector must foster 12 orphans, 10 for vice-chancellor, 8 for deans, 6 for heads of departments, 4 for professors, 2 for employees and 1 child for the students.

Located on Pramuka Street No. 27, Bandar Lampung, University Malahayati occupies 84 acres of land. Many facilities are available here. Besides the complete educational facilities, it’s also equipped with dormitory, sports facilities such as golf, badminton, futsal, swimming pool, and also equipped with a culinary.

There is even a hospital facility which is located a few meters to the left of the campus gates, named Bintang Amin Hospital. In order to get better health care, its management is currently working with Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta, thus its name is Pertamina Bintang Amin Hospital.

He is Dr (HC) H. Rusli Bintang who initiated the private university in the eastern of Sumatra. An Acehnese entrepreneur who is well-known is known as a father of orphans took the name of a heroine from Aceh, Admiral Malahayati for the name of the university.

Rusli’s intention was manifested through the Foundation of Technology Transfer (ALTEK) Bandar Lampung which was established on August 27th 1993. Since then, Rusli chose to concentrate on developing Malahayati University in Lampung. He is already experienced in establishing a university, he had built Abulyatama University in Banda Aceh.

In Bandar Lampung, first Rusli rented a four-door shop (shophouse) with three floors on Kartini Street, Bandar Lampung, to make students study at his college. There were four faculties at that time, medicine, economics, engineering, and Academy of Nursing. This happened in 1994.

Rusli did not want his students squeezed in that shophouse. So he devoted all his efforts to build an ideal campus. For example, Rusli diligently visited various well-known campuses in Indonesia and even abroad. From there, he studied and applied them to Malahayati University. Of course he did not forget the cultural richness in Indonesia, so he combined the science and developments but still in the local wisdom.

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Two years later, in 1996, Malahayati University relocated to Pramuka Street No. 27, Bandar Lampung. This location was a jungle before. A quiet place at the edge of the city, so often occurs crime which is often called as ‘begal’ in Lampung.

The presence of the University Malahayati has changed many things. Besides being a crowded place, the economic community around it began to grows. And the most important thing is the incidence of crime disappears.

Developments in the complex of the campus continues to grow. In 2002, Malahayati University School of Public Health officially was established. Three years later Bachelor of Nursing Program was opened. Then in 2006 Midwifery Diploma Program DIII and DIV were opened. Then in 2009, the Faculty of Public Health opened the Post Graduate Program for Master of Health.

Now, Rusli doesn’t really like to talk on what he had done. He prefers that everyone can come and see for themselves into the campus located in 84 acres of land, so they can know clearly and detail what the students can do in the campus of Malahayati University.

The campus can easily be reached from outside Bandar Lampung, from Raden Inten Airport, and the Bakauheni port as the connection to Java.

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Entering the gates of the campus, we will go straight to hill climb. On the peak of the hill, stands Pertamina Bintang Amin Hospital. There are two green towering buildings to take care of the patients here. On the way down of the hill, there is the forest of Jabon and high durian trees on the left side, on the right side there is a large pond next to lecturers residences.

From here, we will find another hill. This is where the student activities are running. Integrated Building of Malahayati University is on the right side. Here there are nine buildings spread over three acres of land. The buildings are connected by bridges, so no need to go up and down the stairs to move to another building.

Kabara is the first block to be seen. This is a seven-storey building. Each floor has different function. Such as Kabara Shop at the basement, mushala on the top of it, Kabara buffet, Malahayati Career Center on the fourth floor, lecture hall on the fifth floor, next there are tubs, and information technology room on the seventh floor.

On the right side of Kabara block is culinary place and also laundromat.

Right behind these culinary places, a high eight-storey building which is the place for students and professors’ activities. The first floor to the fourth floor are the girls’ dormitories, which accounted for 384 rooms. Then the fifth and sixth floors are apartments of lecturers, called as the Green Dormitory.

Besides the girls’ dormitories, of course, there are boys’ dormitories located in the north of Kabara block. There are fivebuildings with 276 rooms, equipped with sports facilities, such as swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball, tennis, and golf field.On the seventh floor of this building, there are a number of technical equipment for medical science, so-called Integrated Health Laboratory. For example, basic laboratory, biomolecular, OSCE, and CBT (Computer Basic Training) laboratory. In simple language can be called as the location of the medical laboratory, nursing, public health, and pharmacy.

One floor above, is the location of the Library. There are tens of thousands books collection that are neatly arranged in a bookshelf surrounded by 34 houses that are lined up neatly on the side of the glass wall. So, being in the library is not only for reading books but also exploring the customs and cultures in Indonesia.“Good science would be better if it’s boosted with the knowledge of local wisdom. This library  give a message to make an intelligent Indonesia, “said Rusli.The library is also equipped with internet facilities to facilitate the visitors accessing or searching references through multiple portals, such as Proquest, Ebsco, and IGI Global.

The uniqueness of the library is also caused by the visit of many tourists. Besides reading, they also taking pictures. So do the students from many regencies in Lampung that diligently visit it.The students of Malahayati University usually choose the traditional house of their hometown. Understandably, the students of Malahayati University come from at least around 27 provinces.On the right side of the library, there is a large room with many facilities. Dominated by shades of gray, this place called the reading room. Many facilities for comfortable reading are available here, including digital library.

Reading Room is referring to one of the top universities in Netherlands. From the reading room, the natural scenery Bandar Lampung can be seen, residences, and buildings of Malahayati University.

Across the eight-storey building is a building which is called as Graha Bintang. Graha Bintang is in the blocks of the rectorate building that stands on about one hectare of land.

Rectorate which is next to Graha Bintang is a seven-storey building where lecture halls on the first floor to the third floor are in it. Then on the fourth floor there is space CBT OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), Medical Education Unit (MEU), and Integrated Lecturers room.

The room on the fifth floor is the foundation, the rector, the vice chancellor, the chairman of the study program, Institute for Research and Community Service, LPMI (Lembaga Penjamin Mutu Internal), space Head of General Affairs, Bureau of Academic, Student and Alumni Affairs Bureau, P3T (Pusat Pelayanan Pendidik Terpadu), finance centre, rooms for Masters of Public Health, Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

While on the sixth floor and seventh floor is Futsal field, Kabara canteen, and dining room for guests when campus events is being held.Behind the campus, agricultural lands are stratified. There is no guardrail between their paddy. []

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