Sampoerna University Celebrates Student Achievements in January 2024

Sampoerna University proudly celebrates the outstanding achievements of our students in January 2024, highlighting their remarkable success in various prestigious competitions. These achievements underscore the University’s commitment to fostering holistic development and preparing students for the challenges of the global arena.

Alfred Juliant Susanto and James Seby Coronado Bacus proudly receiving the Novice Champions title at the Asian English Olympics 2024

Alfred Juliant Susanto and James Seby Coronado Bacus: Novice Champions at the Asian English Olympics 2024

Alfred Juliant Susanto, a Mechanical Engineering graduate of 2022, and James Seby Coronado Bacus, an Accounting student from the class of 2023, showcased exemplary debating skills at the Asian English Olympics 2024 (AEO 2024). Held at Binus University on February 3, 2024, the AEO 2024 is a prominent international competition organized by Bina Nusantara English Club, attracting participants from six nations.


The AEO 2024 featured eight competition areas, including Speech, Debate, Newscasting, Storytelling, Spelling Bee, Radio Drama, Short Story Writing, and Scrabble. Representing Sampoerna University, Alfred and Seby participated in the novice category of the debate competition. They navigated through discussions on diverse topics, demonstrating their proficiency in areas such as geopolitics, democracy, electric vehicles, religion, life decisions, and video game regulation.


Following rigorous rounds of competition, Alfred and Seby emerged victorious, receiving the coveted title of Novice Champions in the AEO 2024. Their remarkable achievement not only reflects their dedication and talent but also underscores Sampoerna University’s commitment to nurturing students’ intellectual prowess and communication skills.




Gisella Karina Emaputri achieved the title of First Runner-Up and earned the accolade of Best Intelligentsia at the Mister and Miss Grand Tourism 2024.



Gisella Karina Emaputri: First Runner-Up  and Best Intelligentsia at the Mister and Miss Grand Tourism 2024

Gisella Karina Emaputri, an Industrial Engineering student from the class of 2021, showcased exceptional grace and intelligence at the Mister and Miss Grand Tourism 2024 competition. Held on January 19, 2024, at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, this prestigious event featured 47 finalists competing to become Indonesia’s official tourism ambassador.


Representing DKI Jakarta, Gisella captivated the audience and judges with her eloquence and modeling prowess. She earned the accolade of 2nd Winner and was honored with the Best Intelligentsia award for her articulate responses to philosophical questions and insightful perspectives on the tourism sector.


Gisella’s innovative proposal to leverage social media for enhancing tourism in DKI Jakarta further demonstrated her strategic thinking and commitment to promoting Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage. Her exceptional performance throughout the competition, spanning four stages of the grand finale, earned her well-deserved recognition and acclaim.




Beatrice Hillary Sinawang takes home the coveted Best Presentation Award at the ICCMB 2024


Beatrice Hillary Sinawang Wins Best Presentation Award at ICCMB 2024

Beatrice Hillary Sinawang, a standout Industrial Engineering student from Sampoerna University, has emerged victorious at the 7th International Conference on Computers in Management & Business (ICCMB 2024). Held from January 12 to 14 in Singapore, this prestigious event brought together leading minds in the field of business and management. Representing Sampoerna University, Beatrice presented her research titled “Optimizing Value Proposition and Customer Engagement in Mobile Applications: Using UML with Process Chain Analysis.” Her innovative approach, which utilized a multi-criteria decision tree, provided actionable insights for enhancing customer engagement in coffee chain mobile applications. Beatrice’s exceptional presentation skills and groundbreaking findings garnered her the Best Presentation Award, affirming Sampoerna University’s commitment to fostering academic excellence and innovative thinking among its students.


Beatrice’s success at the ICCMB 2024 not only highlights her academic prowess but also underscores the University’s dedication to preparing students for success on the global stage. Through initiatives that promote research, critical thinking, and effective communication, Sampoerna University empowers students like Beatrice to make meaningful contributions to their respective fields and excel in international competitions.


Victoria Del Gracia Matahelumual: MBKM Awardee, January – August 2024


Victoria Del Gracia Matahelumual, an Accounting student from Sampoerna University’s class of 2021, has been honored as a Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) Awardee at Universitas Hasanuddin, marking a significant milestone in her academic journey. The MBKM Program, an initiative by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, aims to empower students by providing greater flexibility and opportunities for academic growth. Selected from a competitive pool of 1,328 participants, Victoria’s journey involved rigorous assessments, including administrative screening and the Value Clarification and Attitude Transformation test (VCAT Test).


Victoria’s selection as one of the 350 candidates underscores her dedication and commitment to academic excellence. Through the MBKM Program, she will embark on a transformative learning experience at Universitas Hasanuddin from January to August 2024. This prestigious opportunity not only highlights Victoria’s academic prowess but also exemplifies Sampoerna University’s commitment to nurturing empowered and adaptable learners ready to thrive in an ever-changing world. Victoria’s journey serves as an inspiration, showcasing the transformative impact of initiatives aimed at empowering students and fostering holistic development.



Sampoerna University: Nurturing Excellence Beyond Academics

Sampoerna University, with our U.S. standards of education, is dedicated to empowering students to excel not only academically but also in various non-academic pursuits. Through a holistic approach to education, the University supports students in honing their talents, fostering critical thinking, and developing essential life skills.

Moreover, Sampoerna University emphasizes real-life learning experiences, ensuring that students are equipped to navigate the complexities of the workforce upon graduation. Through hands-on projects, internships, extracurricular activities, and participating in competitions,  students gain practical insights and valuable insights into their respective fields, preparing them to make meaningful contributions to society.

As we celebrate the remarkable achievements of Alfred Juliant Susanto, James Seby Coronado Bacus, Gisella Karina Emaputri, and all our students, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a dynamic learning environment where excellence thrives and dreams are realized.

Sampoerna University Achieves 7th Position in Nature Index 2023: Strengthening Research Contribution in Indonesia

Sampoerna University, as a world-class institution of higher education, has achieved a remarkable accomplishment by securing the 7th position in the recently released Nature Index 2023. This success also places Sampoerna University as the second-best private university in Indonesia according to the index. During the research period from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023, the university recorded a share value of 0.40 in leading international journals, providing an overview of the institution’s research across scientific fields such as biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, health, and physics.


The Nature Index, created by Nature Research, a scientific publishing division of the Nature Publishing Group, evaluates scientific institutions based on their research output. This evaluation considers both the quantity and quality of articles published in international journals during a specific research period. Unlike solely focusing on the quantity of research, the Nature Index also examines the individual contributions of each researcher. By analyzing the number of research articles published and the extent of authors’ contributions from a specific institution, the Nature Index assesses the scientific publication output. Utilizing its unique metric, known as the share value, the Nature Index provides valuable insights into an institution’s influence in published articles.


The ranking of universities in Indonesia according to the Nature Index 2023 is as follows:


  1. Universitas Indonesia
  2. Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
  3. Institut Teknologi Bandung
  4. IPB University
  5. Universitas Padjadjaran
  6. Universitas Gadjah Mada
  7. Sampoerna University
  8. Universitas Airlangga
  9. Institut Teknologi Sumatera
  10. Universitas Islam Indonesia




In addition to other outstanding achievements in the Nature Index 2023, Sampoerna University also holds important positions in other prestigious indexes. Sampoerna University ranks 4th in the field of Physical Sciences research and 5th in the category of Natural Sciences journals. This ranking reaffirms the multidisciplinary excellence of Sampoerna University in its significant contributions to various scientific fields.


The article that places Sampoerna University at a high rank in the Nature Index 2023 is titled “Minimal Length, Nuclear Matter, and Neutron Stars,” published in The European Physical Journal C Vol. 82:884. This research was conducted by Dr. Ilham Prasetyo and Idrus Belfaqih, M.S., Physics Lecturers at Sampoerna University, whose expertise and dedication reflect the quality of research conducted at Sampoerna University.


Dr. Marshall Schott, President of Sampoerna University, stated, “We are proud to see Sampoerna University continue to emerge as a major force in scientific research in Indonesia. Our presence at the 7th position in the Nature Index 2023 is tangible evidence of our commitment to world-class education and unwavering focus on research. This achievement reflects the quality of research conducted by faculty and researchers at Sampoerna University while affirming the university’s position as one of the leading centers of knowledge and innovation in Indonesia.”


Sampoerna University prioritizes excellence in various aspects, from curriculum standards, faculty, and facilities, to operations, equivalent to institutions in the United States operating in Indonesia. A holistic approach to higher education, emphasis on research and scientific development, and investment in research infrastructure place Sampoerna University at the forefront of providing a stimulating and supportive academic environment.


Sampoerna University’s commitment to academic excellence and sustainable research is expected to inspire other educational institutions to enhance their research standards and scientific development. Through collaboration with research institutions and industries, Sampoerna University also opens opportunities for joint research projects that can have a positive impact on society and the industrial sector.


“Sampoerna University remains committed to enhancing the quality of research and its contribution to creating innovations beneficial to society and the academic world. With a spirit of academic excellence, Sampoerna University is ready to move forward as a highly competitive research center and have a positive impact on scientific development in Indonesia,” concluded Dr. Schott.

Five Sampoerna University Students Receive Entrepreneurship Grant from the Ministry of Youth and Sports

Representing Sampoerna University to National Selection of Grant Entrepreneurship KEMENPORA 2023

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora RI) officially announced the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Awards (WMP) and the Young Entrepreneur Movement Awards earlier this month. Approximately 175 students from 35 universities across Indonesia were chosen to receive an entrepreneurial funding grant for developing their businesses.

Five Sampoerna University students were among those selected to receive funding for their businesses. The appreciation and award ceremony for the 3rd Stage of the Young Entrepreneur Awards were carried out by the Assistant Deputy for Youth Development and held from October 25th to 27th at the Aston Kartika Grogol Hotel. The event was conducted in a hybrid manner, so that all Indonesian universities could participate.


“We are really proud that five of our students made it to the final stage and successfully secured funding to build their businesses,” stated Dr. Wahdi Salasi April Yudhi, M.Dev Admin, Ph.D., the Rector of Sampoerna University. Students completed several stages in this competition process. First, they participated in an Entrepreneurship Workshop at Sampoerna University designed to give them awareness on how to become entrepreneurs through the Youth Entrepreneurship Lecture.  This was followed by administrative stages, training on how to pitch a product or service, learning about the Canvas Business Model, and preparing product presentations.



Here are the profiles of the Sampoerna University student grant winners:

  1. Muhammad Nafis Aimanurrohman, a 2020 Computer Science student. Nafis actively participates in both academic and non-academic activities, such as extracurriculars and organizations, while simultaneously building his business in website development under the name WebVerse. Further business details can be found on the Instagram account
  2. Sultansyah Reza Abdillah, a Mechanical Engineering student has a hobby of collecting vintage motorcycles and serving as an intermediary for buying and selling these vintage motorcycles. Thanks to Reza’s hobby, he established a business in 2021 named Fifty One Garage and has successfully sold nearly 75 antique motorcycles in various regions of Central Java, including Semarang, Ungaran, and Bawen. More business details can be found at the Instagram account @fiftyone.garage.
  3. Steven Abed Lubis is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student who also focuses on building his business in traditional culinary arts called Mothy Food. He was selected for the Kemenpora program. Steven hails from Medan, and through his culinary business, he aims to introduce and foster a love for Indonesia’s regional cuisine by sharing his unique and distinct flavors with Sampoerna students.
  4. Philip Kusuma Surya is a student of Industrial Engineering whose creative interest is video editing. Despite studying Industrial Engineering, Philip’s passion led him to further explore the creative world. Consequently, he founded Roku Studio as a platform providing video editing services to various clients across Indonesia.
  5. Alfred Juliant Susanto is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student who has ventured into the education sector by offering services as a private tutor of English and public speaking under the name Koko Alfred Academy. The business idea originated from Alfred’s interest in Public Speaking, driving him to channel his hobby in an entrepreneurial direction.


The selection of the top 5 students from Sampoerna University in the Youth Entrepreneurship Lecture competition is the result of the University’s constant commitment to continue fostering the potential of students in entrepreneurship and business. “As one of the best private universities in Jakarta, we will strive to continue nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset among our students by providing substantial support in programs for entrepreneurship and business development like this,” added, Dr. Yudhi, the Rector of Sampoerna University.



Sampoerna University Students Won Best Presenter Awards in the Mechanical Engineering 2nd Joint Symposium

Sampoerna University in collaboration with several well-known Universities such as Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, President University, Universitas Pertamina, and the University of Nottingham, UK, held the 2nd Joint Symposium in Mechanical Engineering on Thursday, August 26th, 2021.

This year’s theme of the symposium was centered on the Role of Mechanical Engineers in Sustainable Development Goals to be a medium for all the participants for exchanging ideas, learning experience, research, and ongoing related projects.

There were 2 sessions that highlighted the participation of Sampoerna University at this event. In the 1st session, Djati Wibowo, Ph.D. represented Sampoerna University as one of the keynote speakers and in the 2nd session, seven students from Sampoerna University took part as presenters to present their research projects.

Four students from the Mechanical Engineering Study Program of Sampoerna University were awarded as the Best Presenter in the Student 2nd Joint Symposium: Gabriel Sineri (Evaluation on Electric Three-wheeled Vehicle ‘e-trike’ Chassis Design For Rollover Accident), Putri Angelica (Design Proposal of Mini Compression Test Machine for Food Testing Application), Muhammad Bayu Nur Akbar  (Distance-Based Formation Control of Double Integrator Agents), and Tiara Kusuma Dewi (Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation with Offline Convolutional Neural Network). This is affirming Sampoerna University’s intention to always nurture, stand and support our students and lectures activities to be equipped and ready for society at large.

At Sampoerna University, we fully support our students and lecturers to attend national and international events that will help them acquire as much knowledge as possible from scholars and scientists from around the country and the world.

Five Mechanical Engineering Students Won the Best Presenter Awards in the 6th Annual Applied Science & Engineering Conference (AASEC) 2021

On 18-19 August 2021, Best Presenter Awards Sampoerna University participated in the 6th Annual Applied Science & Engineering Conference (AASEC) as one of the co-hosts. As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected diverse aspects, this time the event was held in virtual mode.

The grand theme of this year’s conference is “The Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities in Environment, Science, and Engineering Research”. AASEC is considered one of the most prestigious applied science and engineering events in Indonesia. There were more than 200 abstracts presented by experts, researchers, and students from leading universities such as Universitas Indonesia and Institut Teknologi Bandung. In addition to these universities, representatives of Indonesia’s prominent research institutions were also present, i.e., the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

“The AASEC 2021 is very special this year because five of Sampoerna University’s students won the Best Presenter Awards. A very memorable moment for us in Mechanical Engineering Study Program!” said Dr. Farid Triawan, the Head of Mechanical Engineering Study Program at Sampoerna University and one of the keynote speakers.

“Being able to contribute at a scientific conference is indeed a great experience for me” said Putri Angelica, a Mechanical Engineering student who was named one of the best presenters at the conference. Sampoerna University students also brought home another four awards in the best presenter category each for Mohammad Bayu Nur Akbar, Ihza Lisiano Al Qushai, Adven Simarmata and Dara Ginanti all from the Mechanical Engineering major.

At Sampoerna University, we fully support our students and lecturers to be able to participate in national and international conferences or seminars that will help them acquire as much knowledge as possible from scholars and scientists from around the country and the world.

Sampoerna University Student’s Journey to Stanford

Born 22 years ago in Tasikmalaya, Tiradah Hasanah, knows she wants to achieve more in life. She was awarded a scholarship  and after having graduated from school, she chose Sampoerna University.

Last April, she flew to the U.S. to represent Indonesia in the 21st Annual ASES (Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society) Summit. Participants were to form teams and in just seven days, they were expected to solve problems and pitch solutions to a panel of seasoned Silicon Valley experts. One of Tira’s unforgettable experiences was the pitching competition in which her team was presenting a business idea named ‘Stick It’. It is a trading platform for traders to complete staking processes, she explained.

Tiradah Hasanah, Sampoerna University, Faculty of Business Student

“It was an eye-opening experience for me. My teammates were from Australia and India. As the one woman in the team, I learned a lot,” the Sampoerna University student (2015 Intake) recalled.

“We didn’t have any spare time to have fun, honestly. Whenever possible, all of us had a lot of discussions and talks,” told the finalist of Unilever Future Leaders League 2018.

She was exposed to global technology players and mentored by different people working for tech giants, such as Google, Facebook, etc. This enabled her to garner unprecedented new insights.

Entrepreneur Hopeful

Tira has her own entrepreneurial ideas, too. She was admitted to the competition after submitting a business idea of an anti-hoax application called, a product she thinks would be of great help for Indonesians amidst the unrelenting storm of false news. The application, which is not released yet, is designed to provide infographics about hoax and facts.

To become a full-fledged entrepreneur, Tira realizes the journey would be long and winding so she meticulously prepares herself.  In the spirit of learning from best practices, she works as an intern in large companies and a startup.

“This helps me grow my business ideas and at the same time I learn new things, such as finance, human resources, etc.,” said Tira who is known for joining many competitions during her study at Sampoerna University.

Growth Seeker

Tira is never satisfied with her achievement. In order for one to keep growing, she believes one should take part in events and competitions, join external organizations and build networks. She generously shared her tips to gain international networking and learning opportunities, “First, what I do is joining external organizations and grow networks. And then I take part in any competitions.”

Next, she advised that one hone public speaking skills and be brave to find best mentors. To find mentors or organizations to develop networks, she has a tip: find someone inspirational and try to follow his or her paths. “If you are too shy to talk to people that you think inspirational, just send him or her an email. Just be proactive and don’t be afraid to ask.” (*/)

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