Chair of UGM Board of Trustees as well as Indonesia’s State Secretary, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M. Soc., Sc., told thousands of new UGM graduates to smartly grab opportunities during the 4.0 industrial revolution.
Prof. Pratikno asked graduates in Grha Sabha Pramana UGM on Wednesday (29/8) that achievement can be made by those who are innovative, hard working, and those who can smartly grab opportunities. “Nothing is impossible as long as we are focused, hard working, and dare to make a breakthrough,” said Prof. Pratikno.
He told the graduates that time has changed radically in the form of disruption. Big companies in the past decade have perished due to technology advancement. He opined that the formula of disruption is not that the big ones beat the small ones, but on the contrary, the small ones challenge the big ones.
“In the disruptive era, the speedy beats the slow, the innovative beats the static,” he said.
Prof. Pratikno further said that progress is no longer gradual but jumping, for example Bukalapak has quickly become a national e-commerce or Gojek has become a major transportation business. “Who would have guessed that a college assignment had made Bukalapak a national e-commerce, or, starting from riding a motorcycle taxi, Nadiem finally made Gojek as Indonesia’s largest transportation company without even having a vehicle?” he asked rhetorically.
He touched upon the country’s economic growth in the past five years that had supported the young people to play their role in technology innovation. He mentioned the gini ratio of Indonesia that has dropped 0.389 which he said as the lowest in the past six years. Inflation rate in three years is minimised or down to 3.5% while the Ease of Doing Business rate in Indonesia jumped by 48 to 72 this year. “Who would have guessed that our global competitiveness has increased by 5 to 36,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., in his remarks said in the past few years many young people had established startups with ideas that could change the world. According to the Rector, these young people have established socio-entrepreneurship that have noble goals, integrating business skills and sincerity to help others. “I hope you can all be part of that breakthrough,” he said.
As UGM graduates, said the Rector, they were expected to answer to their callings and emerge as winners of the disruptive era, becoming the driving force of change, and realising national development based on science and technology.
Meanwhile, Universitas Gadjah Mada has inaugurated 3,693 people from undergraduate and diploma programmes, consisting of 2,550 people from undergraduate and 1,143 diploma who will be inaugurated in two batches on Wednesday and Thursday (29-30/8).
Average study time for undergraduate is 4 years and 4 months, the shortest time (3 years, 3 months and 13 days) is completed by Paxia Novarin (International Relations). In diploma programme, average study time is 4 years and 2 months. The shortest study time (2 years, 8 months and 2 days) is completed by Erwin Darmawan from Metrology and Instrumentation study programme.
Nadia Fauzia Rahmah from Spatial and Urban Planning study programme completed her study at 19 years 6 months and 23 days old, making her the youngest in undergraduate programme. In diploma programme, the youngest is Alda Tri Maharani from Tourism study programme who graduates at 19 years 3 months and 19 days old.
The highest GPA (3.99) in undergraduate programme is earned by Afrizal Luthfi Anggara from Chemical Engineering study programme and in diploma programme Lathifa Rahmah from Korean language study programme earns 3.98.