UGM contingent to the 30th National Student Scientific Week 2017 (PIMNAS) attended a dinner event at Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM) on Friday (25/8). The event brought together UGM Alumni Association (Kagama) of South Sulawesi and the students. The Rector of UNM who is UGM alumnus, Prof. Dr. Husain Syam, MTP, and Dean of Faculty of Law of Universitas Hasanuddin, Prof. Dr. Farida Patittingi, S.H., M.Hum who is also chairman of the local Kagama, welcomed the delegation. UGM Vice-Rector for Education, Learning and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Djagal Wiseso Marseno, M.Agr., led the UGM contingent, accompanied by Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Senawi, MP, and other lecturers.
The UGM Vice-Rector thanked the committee and the local Kagama that had hosted the gathering. He said alumni gathering was a sustainable form of partnership between the university and alumni. According to Djagal, a university would progress if strongly supported by its alumni such as those at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that is able to collect funds to support education.
Djagal said UGM continued to educate its students to become leaders. This university is known as a “rural” village but not in a negative sense.
“It is like good conduct value that becomes one of unstructured curriculum form that can be seen at UGM, and later there have been many of the alumni becoming state leaders,” he said.
Husain Syam and Farida Patittingi shared the views, expressing their pride at being UGM alumni that has brought them where they are today.
“There is the value of help and modesty at UGM, while coming from Sulawesi I tend to be with more spirit, so I got to learn that value,” said Patittingi.
The gathering went lively with arts performances such as dancing and singing to welcome the guests.