FACULTY OF ANIMAL SCIENCE, BOGOR AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Animal Science (Faster) IPB was established in September 1963 based on Ministry of Higher Education and Science decision (letter no 91, signed in 1 August 1963). The decision was then approved by President of Republic of Indonesia’s Decision (Letter no 279, signed in 14 September 1965). The decision was effective to the date back of 1 September 1963. Embryonic phase of Faculty of Animal Science was started in 1958/1959 where the third grades students of Veterinary Medicine, University of Indonesia were divided into major animal science and veterinary. At that time, animal science unit have been established which consisted of 1) animal production and 2) feed sections. In these sections, students were allowed to conduct laboratory internship program. Since 1961, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Indonesia was expanded into Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, and Marine Fisheries (FKHPPL-UI). At this time, Laboratory of Animal Science was established. The students were offered to choose to joint department of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science or Marine Fisheries. In 1 September 1963, Indonesian Minister of Higher Education formally accepted the separation of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) from University of Indonesia (UI) and independency of Department Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science and Marine Fisheries from FKHPPL-UI. The departments later on were upgraded into faculties after Decision of President of Republic Indonesia.
Through Kentucky Contract Team, several researches and educations collaboration had been developed and some facilities had been built and imported. Staff upgrading were also conducted within the contract. Several staffs had been sent to US for graduate study. From 30 September 1965 to middle of 1966, Faculty of Animal Science was suspended due to military revolution. On 21 April 1967, the first Faculty of Animal Science graduate was inaugurated. Until end of 1967, Faculty of Animal Science had inaugurated 7 graduates from 50 – 60 students registered yearly.
Beside undergraduate program, Faculty of Animal Science IPB also offers multi-stratum program. In 1975, the first post graduate program was offered in Faculty of Animal Science. In 1980, with the development of Post Graduate Faculty in IPB, the post graduate was administratively registered to the Faculty, although its operational was fully managed by Faculty of Animal Science.
Non degree program (vocational study) in IPB was established in 1979. In 1980, the program was expanded into faculty level. Although administratively, the non-degree programs were coordinated under Faculty of Agriculture Poly-techniques, however, their operational were fully managed by the field related faculty. Faculty of Animal Science offered 3 programs. They were: 1) Meat Animal Farming Technician, 2) Dairy Farming Technician and 3) Poultry Farming Technician. Later on, Faculty of Animal Science also offered 4) communication and agribusiness and 5) Feed Industry Technology. Since 13 July 2004, all vocational studies in IPB were separated from Faculty to form Diploma Program Directorate which was more focus on Vocational Study. In this program, Faculty of Animal Science only offered 1 program study, namely Animal Technology and Management.
Beside multi-stratum program, Faculty of Animal Science also offered affiliation program to other Faculty of Animal Science form other universities. The affiliation was aimed to help younger universities to establish their own resources. Several Faculties of Animal Science from other universities that had been affiliated to Faculty of Animal Science IPB were Faculty of Animal Science from Jambi, Andalas and Mataram Universities.
In the beginning, faculty of Animal Science only offered 1 undergraduate program. The students were separated in the 4th grade to enter department of Animal production, Feed, or Social Economic based on their own choices. Start from 1996, Faculty of Animal Science had 3 Department and offered 2 study programs: 1) Animal Production and 2) Nutrition and Feed Science. Later on, Department of Social Economic was also offered study program, while Department of Animal Production offered another program, namely Animal Product Processing Technology. In 10 January 2005, with IPB clustering program, Department of Social Economic was merged into Faculty of Economic and Management, Since that, only two Departments were left in Faculty of Animal Science with each Department offered only 1 study program.
Curriculums in Faculty of Animal Science were developed continuously since it was first build in 1963. They were adapted to market demand, regulation as well as global trend. In 1963, Faculty of Animal Science developed packet system curriculum with 6 years length of study. In 1972, there was a shortening in length of study to become 4 years, although the packet system remain used.
Start from 1996, Faculty of Animal Science offered Credit Semester System which was different from the packet system one. In the new system, the student repeated only the fail courses. Moreover, students could start final assignment earlier. It is hoped that with the new system, student could finished their study earlier.
Since 2005, Faculty of Animal Science implemented Major-Minor Curriculum. The curriculum was designed to produce graduate with diverse competencies. The curriculum consists of 4 or 5 groups of courses. They are 1) basic, 2) inter-department, 3) major 4) minor and/or 5) supporting competencies. All students should take basic courses, while the major courses only taken by students from internal department which offer the major. Inter-department courses are courses selected by a study program from other department and should be followed by all major students in the study program. Minor courses are a group of courses offered by other study program. The students are free to choose their own minor within program offered in IPB. Supporting courses are similar to the minor, but it is not in group but in single course. There are several advantages of this curriculum. For example, the students have diverse competencies. Students who are major in Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology could get the second competencies from different departments. It could be within Faculty of Animal Science, but many of them also taken minor from outside the Faculty. There are major disadvantage of this curriculum which make length of study become longer. Synchronization of schedule is extremely difficult. Many of the students could not complete their minor because of that reason and choose to switch them into supporting courses. Several efforts have been conducted to overcome the problem. Improvement of curriculum is still on the way. Since 2014, study program under the Faculty of Animal Science IPB have adjusted their curriculum to fulfill standard of National Qualification Framework.
Student bodies in Faculty of Animal Science vary from year to year. In the beginning, Faculty of Animal Science was still lack of students’ enthusiasm. With system changing in IPB, the student start to choose their study program since the first year, interest of student for Faculty of animal science increased dramatically. The increasing interest was also as result of increasing quality and management in Faculty and Departments within the Faculty. In 2012, student bodies in Faculty of Animal Science were 1104 undergraduate students.
The students in Faculty of Animal Science IPB were accepted through several selection systems. Namely National invitation system, National examination system, self-rule talent system, collaboration with local government, as well as national and international achievement. In order to support lifelong learning and increasing participation rate in higher education programs from government, Faculty of Animal Science also offered student transfer from vocational study to undergraduate program. Most of the students have been working for many years and willing to improve their knowledge and skill. The students are required to have minimum 3.0 GPA in vocational study. With higher quality assurance and more intensive learning system, the students in this program could also achieve IPB standard.
Nowadays, Faculty of Animal Science offers 7 study programs. For Undergraduate program, Faculty of Animal Science offers 1) Animal Production Technology Program, 2) Nutrition and Feed Technology Program and 3) Animal Product Processing and Technology. For Master degree, 4) Animal Production and Technology Program and 5) Nutrition and Feed Science program are offered. The same programs are also offered for doctoral program. Since 2017, Faculty of Animal Science IPB also offered Master Program in Animal Logistic as elective and certificate program for Supervisor in Animal Logistic.
Currenty, Faculty of Animal Science IPB has 67 lecturers. Thirty-five lecturers are in Department of Animal Production Technology and 32 lectures are in Department of Nutrition and Feed Technology. Lecturer to student ratio in Faculty of Animal Science currently are 1 to 17. The lecturers have high quality and graduated from high ranking university in developed countries. More than 70% of the lecturers hold doctoral degree. About 21% of the lecturers are full professors.
Six programs under Faculty of Animal Science administration have been accredited A by Higher Education National Accreditation Board (BAN-PT). Management of Faculty has been certified for ISO 9001:2015, Some laboratories have been certified for ISO 17025. Two BSc Program under Faculty of Animal Science have been certified by Asian University Network- Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).
Currently Faculty of Animal Science is located in IPB Darmaga Campus Jl. Agatis with area of 93406 m2 which consists of main building (50563 m2) and field laboratory (42843 m2). The facilities have been prepared for development of Faculty of Animal Science in 20 year to come. There are 5 classrooms for > 100 student capacities, 12 classrooms for 50 – 100 student capacities. Total of classrooms area are 2722 m2. Office rooms for lecturers are 2274 m2 and supporting staffs are 1767.25 m2. Beside classrooms, Faculty of Animal Science also has several discussions room (258 m2), 3 conference room (487.25 m2) and 1 auditorium (650 m2) as well as rooms for student activities (486 m2).
Faculty of Animal Science has several laboratories for practicum, research and services. Rooms for laboratory in the faculty main building are 7173.35 m2, while in field laboratories are 28790.51 m2. Beside those rooms, there are several common facilities such as library, canteen, computer room, toilet and praying room. The total areas for common rooms are 1794 m2.
Beside facilities for practicum and research, currently Faculty of Animal Science develops industrial scale teaching farm. Start with broiler industry, Faculty of Animal Science built closed house with capacity of 15 000 broiler chickens. Slaughter house in campus has been operated in industrial scale so that student can learn from real condition. High capacity feed mill has been operated to fulfill internal requirements as well as order from outside.
The faculty members actively involved in research activities, community development programs and publish their work in journals or scientific meetings. Faculty of Animal Science IPB was the first journal in IPB and in Indonesia Animal Science related field to be indexed by scopus and claimed as international journal. Numbers of patent have been held by the faculty members only 6 titles. There are many inventions of the faculty members have been awarded as the most promising invention in Indonesia.
With all the achievements, Faculty of Animal Science continuously improves its quality toward international standard to get global recognitions.
ASSI (Animal Sciencetist's Society of Indonesia)
Following the initiation among the Indonesian animal scientists in 2011, the Animal Scientist’s Society of Indonesia (ASSI) was legally declared in Bogor on 11th February 2012. The Animal Scientist’s Society of Indonesia (ASSI) was declared as an effort to synergize all potencies of animal scientist to achieve a maximum contribution and more effective result in enhancing the quality of animal researches in Indonesia. The Animal Scientist’s Society of Indonesia is a professional organization in field of animal sciences which is independent, non-partisan, non-political practice and non-profit oriented.
Characteristics and goals
The Animal Scientist’s Society of Indonesia is characterized by its independency, non-partisan, non-political practice and non-profit oriented. The Animal Scientist’s Society of Indonesia has goals to drive forward the knowledge, technology and science (IPTEKS) of animal sciences in Indonesia regarding the development of animal farmers and farm animals resources as well as their supporting resources to enhance a better quality and prosperity of human resources in Indonesia.
Scope of activities
- Organizing and directing all potencies of Indonesian animal scientists in developing the knowledge, technology and science (IPTEKS) of animal sciences
- Applying studies, researches, networking development and disseminating the results of knowledge, technology and science (IPTEKS)
- Presenting award to a significant contribution of the scientists in development of animal sciences
- Assisting the government by providing the policies in education, research and applied technology to develop the animal science in Indonesia.