Department of Development Geography, Faculty of Geography UGM holds Summer Course on Smart City, Village, and Region from August 7 until 15, 2017, which is attended by as many as 35 participants from 10 countries and government representatives. Vice-Dean of Research, Community Services, Cooperation, and Alumni, Dr. Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron, said the summer course aims to develop interdisciplinary cooperation in a multicultural environment for UGM academic community besides holding an international program. “We would like to implement a strategy to strengthen the UGM multidisciplinary position regarding its contribution to science and humanity,” said Dyah on Wednesday (9/8).
One of the themes of the summer course program is smart city development. According to Dyah, the current development in information and communication technology regarding Smart City is believed to become one of the solutions to address various issues caused by the advances and the dynamics of modern cities. Therefore, the role of the university, industry, and government becomes a driving locomotive in the development of information technology that will be implemented in the Smart City.
Coordinator of the Summer Course, Dr. Rini Rachmawati, S.Si., M.T. said as many as 13 keynote speakers from 8 countries participated in this event. One of them is Dr. Goh Hong Cing from University Malaya, Malaysia who said Yogyakarta is the study case location for implementing the smart city development policy, “In Yogyakarta, we can learn how to implement a Smart City in several different aspects, including education and tourism,” said Goh Hong Cing.
It is planned that the discussion section of the Summer Course will be attended by Regent of East Kutai, Ir. Ismunandar, M.T., Regent of Sleman, Drs. H. Sri Purnomo, M.S., and Vice-Head of Regional Parliament of Yogyakarta, Dharma Setyawan, MBA.