RCE Yogyakarta - 2021

Shifting UGM Community Service Activities in Addressing SDGs in the early COVID-19 Pandemic
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Shifting UGM Community Service Activities in Addressing SDGs in the early COVID-19 Pandemic
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Yogyakarta
Contributing organization(s) : 
RCE Penang Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Chulalongkorn University Thailand
UNESCO Bangkok
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Nanung Agus Fitriyanto, S.Pt., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Yogyakarta - Universitas Gadjah Mada
Zuliyati Rohmah, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D.
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Yogyakarta - Universitas Gadjah Mada
Prof. Ir. Irfan Dwidya Prijambada, M.Eng., Ph.D.
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Yogyakarta - Universitas Gadjah Mada
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
English and Bahasa
Date of submission:
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The project was align with Universitas Gadjah Mada's policy about community engagement
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Directorate of Community Services
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Bulaksumur G7, Caturtunggal, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281

Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The Special Region of Yogyakarta administratively divided over 4 districts and 1 city. The area covers from mountain to coastal area. Socioeconomically, Yogyakarta can be divided into rural and urban and has character residents who still have very strong a sense of kinship between each other. Lifestyle Yogyakarta people are the same as most Javanese people, namely: tend to be modest compared to people who live in
urban and the tolerance are still very strongly maintained between them. The nature of the Javanese people tends to more friendly and more polite towards older people. Demographically, Yogyakarta people held occupation ranging from employee to entrepreneur, with education demographic from professors to basic educated people.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
UGM as HEI has to ensure that the community services done by its professors are in line with government and UGM policy and have a meaningful impact on communities and their environment. Thus, it was important to run a SWOT analysis for this community services project. Four categories are being analyzed in this report: delivery of the project, impact, community involvement, and support from the university. These categories were chosen to portray the involvement of Professor and HEI in community service and promotion of SDGs goals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November, 2020
UGM has the mission to carry out education, research, and community service and preserve and develop excellent and valuable knowledge for society. The academic activities of Universitas Gadjah Mada are expressed in the form of the cornerstones of Tri Dharma higher educational pillars consisting of Education and Teaching, Research, and Community Service. UGM has a Master Plan in Community Service, containing policy and education and community service activities as part of the implementation. The COVID-19 outbreak has hampered progress toward the SDGs on a national and international level. The unusual scenario caused by COVID-19 in early 2020 affects the SDGs commitment and weakens the general approach to advisability by delaying attaining the 17 goals and altering the development line. Although statistics for a comprehensive picture are not yet available, the pandemic affects every element of society, from public health to economic and social stability to the environment.
As educational institutions, higher education takes responsibility for tackling the challenges emerged by the COVID-19 pandemic. All disciplines, such as medical, nutritional science, psychology, agriculture, public health, biology, engineering, statistics, computer science, have been designing tests and analyzing data to understand better the pandemic through research. The main aim of the program is to increase understanding of higher education institutions' practices in collaboration with local communities in education and research for sustainability and enhance interest and engagement among higher education institutions in collaboration with local communities for SDG implementation.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
This study used questionnaires and interviews to collect the data from the respondents. As community service is an obligatory activity, all researchers or professors in the university will have community service activities. Thus, the people who fulfilled the survey questionnaire were the professors or lecturers of Universitas Gadjah Mada, who conducted community service in 2020. The themes of 2020 community services were focused on three themes: Education for Sustainable Development Implementation, Appropriate Technology, and Community Empowerment. Initially, the survey was designed for all the DOCS grantees who received funding in 2020, when the Pandemic is on its early stage.
Size of academic audience: 
41 Professors and 221 stakeholders that directly work with the professor’s community service programs
The pandemic crisis has impacted people's health and other parts of life such as socio-economic, education, and environment, while in Indonesia, the socio-economic status was alarming. In Yogyakarta, many of the local communities still relied on their daily income to survive. The government's lockdown policy created a significant impact on the community in a difficult way to imagine. One of the UGM community service program objectives was to support the local community economy as it was the most affected area. With stakeholders from various elements, such as college students, teachers, farmers, homemakers, government officials, villagers, and healthcare staff, UGM worked toward SDGs implementation for a better life for its local community with all limitations caused by the pandemic.
Lessons learned: 
With the spirit of no one left behind, UGM, through Directorate of Community Services (DOCS) and its professors, are working together to do community services with the government, health facilities, parliament members, industry, community leaders, media, and NGOs to tackle the multi-effects of the pandemic.
Key messages: 
The DOCS community service activities may not 100% solve the problem in the community nor achieve glorious goals in SDGs. However, it is expected that the cascade effects of DOCS community service activities will make a difference and contribution towards SDGs implementation in this current situation.
This assessment was supported by ProSPER.Net/UNU-IAS/UNESCO Joint Project
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Plants & Animals 
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level