The role of plants for traditional societies is hardly replaced by modern chemical medicines. Indonesia has long known about the advantages of various plants for health care and treatment and beauty. This is known as herbal medicine.
Various natural products of plants have become commercial commodities, which are attractive to the entrepreneurs of natural materials. The domestic market for herbal products even has increased from approximately 1 trillion rupiahs in year 2000 to 2 trillion in year 2002. This figure is estimated to continue to increase up to6 trillion in year 2010.
Furthermore, Prof. Dr. P.M. Laksono, M.A., was inaugurated as Head of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, Dr. Junun Sartohadi, M.Sc., as Head of Center for Natural Disaster Studies,Â Prof. drh. Widya Asmara, S.U., Ph.D., as Head of Center for Biotechnology Studies, and Prof. Dr. Ir. San Afri Awang, M.Sc., re-elected as Head of Center for Economic Democracy Studies.
Also re-elected are Prof. Ir. Nur Yuwono, Dip. H.E., Ph.D., as Head of Center for Engineering Science Studies,Â Dr. A. Tony Prasetiantono, M.Sc., as Head of Center for Economy and Public Policy Studies, and Dr. Widya Nayati, M.A., as Head of Center for Cultural Studies. Next areÂ Prof. dr. Hari Kusnanto Josef, S.U., Dr. PH., as Head of Center for Environmental Studies, Drs. Sindung Tjahyadi, M.Hum., as Head of Center for Pancasila Studies, and Dr. Muhammad Baiquni, M.A., as Head of Center for Tourism Studies.
Other newly inaugurated are Dr. Ir. Dyah Ismoyowati, M.Sc., as Head of Center for Rural and Regional Studies, Dr. Ir. Djuwantoko, M.Sc., as Head ofÂ Center for Biological Control Studies, Ir. Sri Nuryani Hidayah Utami, M.P., M.Sc., as Head of Center for Land Resources Studies, Dr. Kuncoro Harto Widodo, S.T.P., M.Eng., as Head of Center for Transportation and Logistics Studies, and Prof. Dr. R. Rijanta, M.Sc., as Head of Center for Regional Planning and Development Studies.
The Rector of UGM in his speech extended his gratitude to former officials for their contribution in advancing UGM. Gratitude was also extended to the new officials who are willing to take the burden to continue the work in developing UGM. The Rector said that challenges faced by UGM would be greater, but there would be greater opportunites as well. â€œI hope that the new officials can expedite target that we have been committed for to achieve the realisation of UGM values among Indonesians, who are known as learners of knowledge. Therefore, let us form a synergy with every groups, internal or external, to build UGM and seek ways for future successes,â€ said the Rector.
Attending the event were Senior Vice Rector for Academic, Research and Community Service (WRS P3M), Prof. Dr. Retno Sunarminingsih, M.Sc., Apt., Senior Vice Rector for Academic, Finance and Human Resource (WRS AKSM), Prof. Ainun Naâ€™im, Ph.D.,Â Vice Rector for Alumni and Busines Development (WR APU), Prof. Ir. Atyanto Dharoko, M.Phil., Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Drs. Djoko Moerdiyanto, M.A., and Human Resources Director, Harjadi, S.H., M.M., and several other UGM officials.