Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI), Agus Martowardjojo, installed Bank Indonesia Garden at UGM Campus on Friday (24/11). BI Garden is one of the green open spaces which is located between Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Economics and Business. The installment was marked by the signing of the inscription by the Governor of Bank Indonesia that was witnessed by Vice Rector of Education, Teaching, and Students Affairs UGM, Prof. Dr. Ir. Djagal Wiseso Marseno, M.Agr. and the Head of Representative Office of Bank Indonesia Special Region of Yogyakarta, Budi Hanoto.
The Governor of Bank Indonesia, Agus Martowardjojo, said his office delivered high appreciation towards UGM that had invited BI to contribute to the development of higher education. Agus hopes BI Garden can become a gathering place for the academic community. “This garden is located at socio-humanity faculties area which provides a facility for the academic community to gather, thus they can create many innovations for the nation,” said Agus.
On the occasion, Agus hopes UGM will continue to contribute to the human resource development and make innovations for the nation, According to Agus, UGM is able to become a motor in encouraging Indonesia to be a developed country with high income in the future. Although the current income per capita of Indonesia is still USD 3,400 per year while the standard income per capita for developed country is above USD 12,800 per year, but the process towards becoming a developed country, according to Agus, has been done by President Joko Widodo’s government. “The requirements to be a developed country is boosting investments for encouraging the economy by establishing infrastructures and developing human resources as well as innovations,” said Agus.
On the other hand, Prof. Djagal Wiseso Marseno delivered his gratitude towards Bank Indonesia that has been contributing by giving support to UGM, thus the BI Garden and a food court can be established at socio-humanity faculties area. Djagal said UGM has approximately 55 thousand students, thus it requires several infrastructures, including a garden for the students to gather, hold discussion, and muse. “We need a place such as this garden for the students to hold discussion,” said Djagal.