Universitas Gadjah Mada has inaugurated 1,319 graduate students, consisting of 1,214 master’s, 58 specialist, and 47 doctoral degree holders. Average study time for master’s is 2 years and 10 months, specialist 3 years and 11 months, and doctoral 5 years and 3 months. Average GPA for magister is 3.58, specialist 3.57 and doctoral 3.76.
Master’s degree holder that has highest GPA – 4.00 – is Latifah Listyalina from Electrical Engineering. Specialist is Yunika Puspa Dewi from Clinical Pathology that has 3.95. Doctoral degree holder with highest GPA – 4.00 – is Guntari Titik Mulyani from Veterinanry Sciences.
Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., in her remarks congratulated all graduates who had completed their graduate degrees. She hoped all graduates would implement their knowledge for the interest of society, nation, and the state. “I hope you will always highly uphold values, moral, and good conducts whilst working honestly, persistently, and responsibly,” she added.
The Rector said presently the graduates meet challenges related to the change in digital life. Thus, they have to adjust to the change. Even so, she reminded them that the convenience in digital communication shall not prevent one’s progress and cause other people’s at disadvantages. “In spite of the good characteristics of ICT, on the other hand ICT can pose dangers, it brings people closer but also brings other people’s further away, too. Nowadays, people like to leave their prints digitally. In short, the Internet stores all of our lives, our blueprint in the cyber world,” she said.
The problem was, Rector added, all records and activities of someone in the cyber world are stored and possessed by other countries. Indonesian human resource, in her opinion, has to be able to develop digital technology independently so the data belonging to Indonesia would not be owned by others. “We have to be able to develop digital technology so that we have our own digital technology and the data we have uploaded will really belong to us like what happened in China and India that are already digital-technology sovereign,” she concluded.