Faculty of Philosophy UGM celebrated its 51st anniversary that falls on 20 August 2018. The Dean in his annual report said that the Faculty was expected to continue to give contribution to philosophy education and downstreaming of research outcomes as well as community service.
Dean of Faculty of Philosophy, Dr. Arqom Kuswanjono, said throughout the year lecturers and students carried out community services that focused on the theme of character building, nationalism, Pancasila ideology enhancement, pluralism, modernity, radicalism and philosophy science. Community service projects are done for secondary education, university, and regional governments such as Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java, Bali, Riau, and West Sumatera. “There are 12 places of community service projects,” said Arqom on Monday (20/) at campus.
Arqom said to strengthen the dissemination of knowledge in philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy had the knowledge and information channel aiming at making academic innovation to support UGM as a cyber campus. “This channel serves as a means of publication of scientific articles and publication of research in philosophy,” he said.
In terms of research, as many as 103 titles have been produced by lecturers with the expense coming from public funds and funding assistance from Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education. Academically, the number of active students at Faculty of Philosophy is 649 people, consisting of 561 undergraduate students, 36 masters students, and 52 doctoral students. “This year, the number of new students being admitted is 150 of 900 applicants,” he described.
On the same occassion, Dr. Sindung Tjahyadi, M.Hum., delivered a scientific remarks saying that Nusantara philosophy studies can be part of the development of Eastern philosophy by exploring the writing and oral tradition from existing Nusantara cultures. “Without this effort, the Nusantara philosophy studies will only become genetivus objectivus in the Eastern philosophy properties,” said the lecturer who is also Secretary of the Cultural Agency of Yogyakarta.
According to Sindung, most of references of philosophy science development came from the West. Even philosophy and science being developed in Indonesia is part of Western colonialism inheritance while in fact Indonesia has the potential as largest sources of socio-humanities sciences in the world through the paradigm development of its own science and philosophy. “This hard work can only be done if there is synergy between academic elements, adopting education and culture politics approach,” he said.