Monthly dialogue, Teras Kita, which is hosted between Alumni of Universitas Gadjah Mada (KAGAMA) and Kompas daily ran on Saturday (29/10) in the Auditorium of Public Works and Housing Ministry in Jakarta. With the momentum of Youth’s Oath Day as well as to mark the second year in office of President Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, this dialogue is a moment for academics and practitioners to pledge their oath for the nation progress.
“The Youth’s Oath is a landmark in history as this event is a consensus of Indonesian people coming from different ethnic groups, faiths and languages, to be one Indonesia. That has to be the spirit of the nation to sustain. Moving forward, we have a new oath, which is Oath of Progress,” said Secretary General of KAGAMA, AAGN Ari Dwipayana.
This time the dialoge presented four speakers, Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D, Chairman of Alumni of ITB, Ridwan Djamaluddin, Chairman of Alumni of IPB, Bambang Hendroyono, and Chairman of Alumni of UI, Arief Budhy Hardono.
In terms of disaster mitigation, Rector of UGM explained that the Joko Widodo government was prominent with significant changes being made on disaster management system, one of these is the forest fires.
She added that the extent of disaster problem and diversity of socio-cultural characters of the people made disaster management programme more challenging. So, the government needs to form synergies with academics to produce feasible research in disaster management programme, also to minimise risks.
The discussion was also attended by national figures such as Law and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna Laoly, Communication and Information Minister, Rudiantara, Police Head of Public Affairs, Insp. Gen. Pol Boy Rafli Amar, and Chairman of Presidential Consultative Board, Sri Adiningsih.