A Note on Writing Academic Publications

By Sonny Zulhuda

UMP Talk

Picture: Seated beside the Dean of Faculty of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Palembang, Ibu Dr. Sri Suatmiati, S.H, M.Hum.

This note is an excerpt from a public lecture I delivered in Universitas Muhammadiyah Palembang on 17th September 2018, entitled in Indonesian: URGENSI JURNAL ILMIAH UNTUK PENINGKATAN SUMBER DAYA MANUSIA DI PERGURUAN TINGGI (The Urgency of Academic Publications for the Development of Human Capital in the Higher Learning Institutions)

Wahai para penghuni perguruan tinggi! Ingin tetap relevan dan tidak ditelan zaman? Menulislah dan publikasikan tulisanmu.

Karya ilmiah tidak berbeda dengan coretan di dinding Facebook: keduanya punya maksud dan menyampaikan maksudnya melalui kata-kata. Bedanya, yang pertama harus patuh pada norma metodologi dan logika. Adapun yang kedua, yah.. Tau sama tau aja¬†ūüôā

Di forum itu disampaikan bahwa publikasi ilmiahku saat ini ada lebih dari 60 paper. 15 diantaranya tercatat dalam buku Scopus. Ada yang bertanya, bagaimana memulainya?

Prasyarat utama bagi para akademisi kampus untuk bisa terus menerbitkan karya ilmiah adalah: “the inquisitive mind”. Yaitu fikiran kritis, yang senantiasa bertanya dan mempertanyakan demi mencari jawaban.

Untuk itu sangat penting adanya suplai informasi dan data, agar pertanyaan menjadi valid dan bukan mengulang apa yang telah ada. Suplai itu datang dari bacaan; baik teks maupun konteks. Buku, Internet, kedai kopi, jalanan, persekitaran bahkan pelarian sekawanan hewan bisa menjadi sumber informasi. Semakin banyak kita membaca, semakin banyak kita bertanya, dan semakin semangat kita berkarya.

Selebihnya adalah hal teknis: metodologi penulisan, gaya sitasi dan catatan kaki, serta tetek bengek editorial lainnya. Kuncinya adalah “D-E-E-E” yaitu “Draft, edit, edit and edit”.

Pesanku juga untuk para mahasiswa dan akademisi Fakultas Hukum Universitas Muhammadiyah Palembang, bersinergilah antara profesor, dosen senior, dosen junior dan juga para mahasiswa.

‘Jelek jelek begini’ (don’t take it literally), para mahasiswa lah yang merupakan gudang ide-ide menarik dan segar, walau kadang agak lucu dan sedikit vulgar. Intinya, mereka ini selalu berpikir disruptif.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together!”

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“Can my lecturer access my personal information?” – And Other Issues of Data Protection at the Higher Learning Institutions¬†

By: Sonny Zulhuda 

In the past week alone, I spoke about the personal data protection law at two Malaysian public universities; Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Kuala Terengganu and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) Pekan. While the former was an internal programme, the latter talk was attended by other public universities’representatives who were members of Majlis Tatatertib dan Disiplin Universiti-universiti Awam Malaysia (MATDUM).

In this post, I would like to note some discussions we had on the implementation of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 at the University environment.

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The education industry is indeed among those where personal information is highly processed. The data subjects include students (prospective, actual and graduates), university’s employees, as well as any individuals involved in the data processing.

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PDP Law Compliance for Educational Institution

By: Sonny Zulhuda

Educational institutions -universities, colleges, schools, etc.- are among those who are regulated by the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010. The data subjects include: students (obviously the main object here), staffs or employees, vendors, alumni, sponsors, as well as those applicants who have yet join the universities/schools.

The amount of personal data are potentially bulky: personal details, medical records, financial and scholarship records, academic records, student societies records, disciplinary records and even post-study information about the students. Given this situation, people who deal with students’ data in the educational institutions would need to ensure their handling of personal data is in line with the demands of the Act.

In introducing the subject matter to the community in the University, I will be speaking in this following workshop, together with my friend Noriswadi Ismail from Quotient Consulting Sdn Bhd and PDP Academy LLP, and Dr. Federico Feretti from Brunel Law School, London, UK.

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