UGM together with the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration cooperate in the fields of education, training, research, development, and facilitation of manpower and transmigration sectors. The cooperation is implemented in the form of memorandum of understanding signed by the Rector of UGM, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng, Ph.D, and the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Muhaimin Iskandar, at UGM Multimedia Room, Thursday (19/8).
In his speech Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi said that the collaboration between UGM and the Ministry has been established for a long time. It is expected that the new cooperation could increase the knowledge, insight and skills in the field of manpower and transmigration.
"Hopefully, this cooperation could regenerate things and become a refresher if later there are programs that can be synergized," said Sudjarwadi.
He added, one of the programs that can be synergized between the two sides is the KKN. According to the Rector, KKN UGM in its community empowerment program currently has been conducted in various districts throughout Indonesia. “UGM has the KKN that has been conducted in various regions/cities across Indonesia, which could be developed for cooperation," he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister said the possibility of synergy and cooperation of KKN programs is widely open. Muhaimin explained, about the problems that are being dealt with by his ministry, among others, the impact of democracy and reform which are increasingly open to the emergence of various conflicts such as land ownership.
"Democracy that is much more open happens to gives orientation change in the development, especially the issue of transmigration. Here, we expect UGM could play a role, including in the development of human resources in order that they are able to face global competition," Muhaimin said.
Due to increasingly open regional autonomy and democracy, conflict of land ownership can still be found, for example in some transmigration destination areas in Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Therefore, in the present reform era, one of his agenda is to resolve the land ownership claims and conflicts.