The newly appointed departmental and program Chairs were sworn in by Dr. Pekik Nurwantoro, the Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences on January 5, 2016, at 11 am. The day before, the UGM rector Prof. D. Karnawati did the same at the university level. The new functionaries will work hand-in-hand from Jan 2016 through December 2020. This time, there are 15 pairs of new program chairs and four department/secretary pairs. Before, we had only four department/secretary pairs and eight chair/secretary program chairs. It is almost double from the previous. It is expected that in the coming years, more productive work will ensue.
One of the former chairs of the department said that there was no formal education to be a good at administrative work at the faculty level. What we need is to learn and to adapt the new system. As the future of the university will rely on what they do to speed up realizing the academic goal.
On the other hand, one of the newly appointed chairs said that the challenge is for us to improve our performance in the national and international levels.