After 67 years of independence, Indonesia still faces complex problems. Development that generates economic growth is not followed by equitable economic development outcomes. Indonesia’s achievement in avoiding the economic crisis that had also struck some parts of the world is an exciting phenomenon, even Indonesia has managed to maintain economic growth well. "However, amid this development’s accomplishment, a sharp inequality issue emerged. Economic growth is enjoyed by only a small group of the elite, producing consumerist middle-class people." UGM Rector, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc., Sc said during a ceremony to mark the 67th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia on Balairung Hall, Friday (17/8).
In his speech, he said poverty does not decrease significantly, even inequality between socio-economic status is getting sharper and is followed by social unrest. Inequality does not only occur between different socio-economic statuses, but also between regions that cannot be repaired satisfactorily. "The phenomenon of social inequality between Western Indonesia and Eastern Indonesia, between Java and outside Java, between city and village, as well as between the capitol and other regions of the nation remains a serious problem," he said.
This phenomenon makes the issue of social justice in Indonesia resurface. That Indonesia continues to perform development to progress, at the same time the results of the development are expected to be enjoyed equally for all Indonesian people. "As a university which was established as part of the Independence Revolution history, the identity of Universitas Gadjah Mada is a National University, University of Struggle, Pancasila University, Populist University and Cultural University. With this identity, inequality issue of development and social justice which is the nation's problems becomes UGM concern," he said.
Therefore, before the leadership of the University and Faculty, lecturers and students, the Rector asked all members of UGM academic community with all their potential and great ability to participate in serving justice in Indonesia. "With comprehensive science, commitment and dedication, UGM can make a major contribution to the advancement of Indonesia which is equitable and fair," he expressed his hope.