UGM Rector Professor Panut Mulyono received the Best University Leaders award at the 2021 Obsession Awards, Friday (17/12). Presented by Obsession Media Group (OMG), the said award aims to recognize exceptional university leaders who are deemed to have made significant improvements to the university they lead. Besides Panut, three other rectors have picked up the award, namely Professor Adiwijaya (Telkom University), Professor Eddy Soeryanto Soegoto (UNIKOM), and Professor Kadarsah Suryadi (Trisakti University).
“This award encourages me to work even better so that UGM can contribute more to society, nation, state, and humanity,” said Panut when interviewed. He continued, the numerous achievements attained by UGM were all due to the hard work of the entire UGM academic community and the synergy with KAGAMA (alumni association) and partners.
During Panut’s reign, UGM remained firmly in the top position in several university rankings, demonstrating a well-maintained reputation and quality of education. UGM is ranked first in Indonesia and 331st in the world according to the 4ICU UniRank in 2021. In the QS World University Ranking 2021 and 2022, UGM is at the top of the list of the best universities in Indonesia and ranked 254th in the world.
The Chair of the 2021-2022 Indonesian Rector Forum has also improved UGM’s overall service to the community, resulting in the University being named an Informative Public Agency by the Indonesian Central Information Commission for the past three years. Student activities have been well taken care of as UGM has been a defending champion of the National Science Week for four consecutive years since 2018.
In response to the COVID pandemic, Panut has encouraged UGM to stay innovative and creative, driving UGM to develop several breakthroughs to help the country tackle the disease. These innovations include swab booths equipped with HEPA filters, GeNose, ventilators, face recognition temperature scanners, RI-GHA rapid tests, and more.