Hashim Djojohadikusumo Family Foundation (YKHD) formalized the handover and operation of R.M. Margono Djojohadikusumo Hall to Faculty of Cultural Sciences (FIB), UGM. Symbolic handover was conducted directly by Leader of YKHD, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, to Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Ida Rochani Adi, M.A., and witnessed by Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D., Thursday (10/12) in the complex of the Faculty.
To reporters, Hashim Djoyohadikusumo explained the attention given by his foundation to the construction of educational facilities development. One of them was to assist development of Indonesian culture which, in his opinion, starts from human resource development through educational institutions.
We, the foundation, have seen UGM as an xcellent educational institution, particularly in culture. Educational institutions for cultural sciences are still needed so that the young generation will not forget their culture. (They should) Love their own culture and preserve their own culture. UGM has a big role in the tremendously important task, he said. Hashim added that the construction of the building began on September 11, 2008, costing some 13.5 billion rupiah.
The building consists of four floors totaling 3200 square meters in size. That building is used for archaeological laboratory purposes, lectures, faculty and professor offices. The new building is named after R.M. Margono Djojohadikusumo, a figure who had once inspired the development of Indonesia at the time of Independence. He was also the founder of BNI 46 Bank and the grandfather of Hashim Djojohadikusumo. His name has been chosen to respect Grandfather who loved Indonesian culture. When I was 8 years old, I often heard him tell the history of Indonesian triumph. My grandfather was a patriot and freedom fighter, he said.
Dean of Cultural Sciences Dr. Ida Rochani said that she plans to utilize this building to socialize Indonesian culture to the international community during the World Conference on Science, Education, and Culture in 2010 with the theme of 'Local Wisdom Inspiring Global Solutions'.
In that official ceremony, Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D., welcomed the existence of this building. The Rector appreciated and thanked for the assistance. He said that previously the Foundation had also provided scholarships as well as incentives for retired professors. The spirit and ideals of this foundation can provide hope for UGM in the learning process, he hoped.Â