This year UGM resumed its Research Week and History Week 2009, which has the theme of â€œ60 years of UGM sinergysing the potential for people empowermentâ€. The event at the Grha Sabha Pramana was officially opened by the Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M.Eng, Ph.D., on Thursday (21/7), marked with the ribbon cutting ceremony.
In his speech the Rector said that the event displaying research products was expected to inspire anyone who came to see it. The results can be used by the public and can improve national welfare.
â€œThe publication of the existing researches is expected to inspire anyone from all walks of life to be used for the interest of the nation. Therefore, the efforts to improve the nation's welfare are no longer a dream, but they can turn into reality. It should be noted that this exhibition is not only to increase UGM popularity but also to improve the welfare of the Indonesian people,â€ the Rector said. Furthermore, he said that those were in line with what had been mandated by the founding fathers to dedicate themselves for the interest and the prosperity of the nation.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Institute of Research and Community Service (LPPM), Prof. Dr. Ir. Danang Parikesit, M.Sc., said that this event was a form of expression of UGM academic community. At the same time it is aimed at establishing various partnership programmes with university partners or regional governments of Indonesia.
Danang said that this event was also based on the intention to spread the knowledge that UGM has in hand. â€œIt is a pity if the knowledge tradition that has been built for 60 years is only familiar to UGM academic community. Therefore, we are trying to express ourselves not only for UGM but also for the state and the nation,â€ he added.
This event is planned to last for a week from 21-26 July 2009, exhibiting the products of researches and community service conducted in that year. Besides, products of small and medium scale businesses are also on display. As many as 95 booths from UGM include those from 18 faculties, centres of studies, library, archives, LPPM, Student Directorate, Academic Administration Directorate, PUSPICS, Kagama and student units.