The former Rector of UGM, Prof. Dr. Sofian Effendi, M.P.I.A., achieved Distinguished Alumnus Award from Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) 2009. This GSPIA alumnus award was handed over directly by Dr. John T. Keeler and Prof. William N. Dunn, as Dean and Vice Dean of GSPIA University of Pittsburgh, USA, at Singosari Hall, Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Friday (4/12).
This award was given based on result of GSPIAâ€™s Dean annual meeting in Pittsburgh, USA . â€œThe award was presented in a ceremony attended by GSPIAâ€™s alumni,â€ said Sofian to the press, Monday (7/12).
He added that the alumni of GSPIA from Indonesia such asÂ Prof. J.B. Soemarlin, Prof. Dr. Sri Edi Swasono, and 50 other alumni who are seniors in Indonesian government also attended the ceremony.â€ Previously in 2008, I was also appointed to be member of International Advisory Board of GSPIA,â€ said Sofian.
As already known that Prof. Sofian is an alumnus of University of Pittsburgh, USA. He earned his MPIA Master degree (Economic and Social Development) in 1975 and Ph.D (Public Affairs) at the same university in 1978.