Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Panut Muyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., has inaugurated as many as 1,047 graduate students, including 955 magister students, 16 of whom are international students, 62 specialists, and 30 doctorates. Average study time for magister program is 2 years and 8 months, specialist 4 years and 4 months, and doctoral program 4 years and 11 months.
Graduates completing the studies the shortest is Endiarjati Dewandaru Sadono from Economic Development study programme in just 13 months and 3 days. Specialist finishing the quickest is Susan Alvina H from Orthodontics study programme in just 33 months and 14 days. Doctoral graduate completing the shortest is Sarmin from Veterinary Sciences in just 40 months and 20 days.
Cum laude graduates for magister programme account for 176 people (18.43 percent) while doctoral programme 13 people (43.33 percent). Average GPA is 3.57, specialist 3.67 and doctoral 3.80. Highest GPA of 4.00 is earned by 8 people. Susan Alvina H earns 3.96 from specialist programme and Sarmin 4.00 from doctoral programme.
Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., in his remarks congratulated all the graduates, hoping they can follow the footsteps of other UGM alumni that have already got involved in the society. “The number of our alumni is around 300 thousand, spreading across the country and around the world. Many of them are getting involved in projects to resolve problems emerging in the society,” he said.
According to the Rector, UGM graduates ought to be qualified leaders that have integrity, good morality, be smart, healthy, open, flexible, and responsible as well as loyal to the nation. As a graduate from the national university and the university of struggle, said the Rector, alumni have to be able to preserve the spirit of togetherness, cooperation, as well as the unity of the nation. He said Indonesia needs people young at heart that are educated and qualified to be the driving force of state development.
“So, raise the spirit of unity wherever you are,” he said.
The Rector further reminded the graduates to prevent the emergence of belief or ideology that wants to replace the Pancasila ideology, because those beliefs are a danger to the unity of the state,” he concluded.