Universitas Gadjah Mada received an endowment fund of the amount of IDR 50 billion from Dr. Dato. Low Tuck Kwong for educational scholarships and an Endowment Fund for S2, S3, and Posdoc Scholarships for the total of IDR 150 billion, Covid-19 research funds of IDR 212 billion, and IDR 100 billion as the construction aid for Science Techno Park laboratory of IDR 100 billion from PT Philippines Antiviral Indonesia.
Besides, UGM also got an MRI grant from PT. Pertamina Persero for UGM Academic Hospital, the aid in the form of seven buses from the Ministry of Transportation, and four campus buses from Honorary Members of the Board of Trustees, Airlangga Hartarto.
The handover ceremony moment of the aid was held during the University Open Meeting in the celebration of UGM 71st Anniversary, which took place on Saturday (19/12) at Grha Sabha Pramana.
"Throughout this event, I discovered one keyword. It is about we can never be alone. On behalf of the UGM big family, I would like to express my gratitude for the support from all parties," said the Chairman of the UGM Board of Trustees, Prof. Pratikno, right after the handover moment.
The handover of endowment funds from Dr. Dato initiated by the signing of the MoU marked low Tuck Kwong on Education Scholarships by the UGM Deputy Chancellor for Cooperation and Alumni Affairs, Prof. Dr. Paripurna, S.H., M.Hum., LL.M. and Chairman of Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center, Filda C. Yusgiantoro, S.T., MBM, M.B.A., Ph.D.
"Dato Low Tuck Kwong donated an endowment for the amount of IDR 50 billion for UGM educational scholarships. Hopefully, this will be useful," he said.
At the same time, the President Director of PT Philippines Antiviral Indonesia, Mario Marcos, expressed his hope that this financial aid can strengthen partnerships in improving the academic field that greatly influences global impact.
"I believe we can also take the opportunity in the pandemic era to stimulate innovation and contribute to the common interest," said Mario.
Besides, to support the improvement of the Tridharma of Higher Education through educational scholarships and research facilities, the aid is also aimed to support the improvement of infrastructure that can support activities on campus.
The campus buses' aid can support transportation system development to connect several locations around the UGM campus.
"The total of seven buses are pioneers. Hopefully, this can be the beginning of the UGM Campus development on its transportation system and will be beneficial to support the academic community's activities," said the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi.
At this ceremony, there was also a handover sign of Mardliyyah Islamic Center built with CSR donations and environmental development from 25 BUMN and non-BUMN industrial partners. Representatives of 9 donors carried out the symbolization of MIC's handover to the UGM Chancellor, witnessed by the Chairman of the MWA.
MIC itself is intended not only as a place for worship but also works as a center for sharia economic activities, a center for halal studies, a sharia guesthouse, and a student apprenticeship program, making MIC a center for Islamic studies that is inclusive and multifunctional.
Translator: Natasa A