Governor of the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region, Sri Sultan HB X, has encouraged Universitas Gadjah Mada to become an excellent university with high quality research and innovations that are expected to give benefits for society.
“Research and innovation can be brought closer to society so UGM can become an excellent campus,” Sultan was expressing his hope during the opening of UGM Research Expo & Inovation 2012 in Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP) UGM on Friday (14/12).
Sri Sultan hoped that UGM research and innovation can be exhibitied abroad. Therefore, the quality should be increased. According to the Sultan, Yogyakarta is ready to collaborate with and make use of research and innovation from UGM.
“In addition, UGM has played a role in the Student Community Service. Maybe in the future this could be conducted more than once,” the Sultan added.
Sri Sultan said the offer of collaboration with the Yogyakarta local government is many coming from universities or professional organisations. At least 21 offers have been made.
Meanwhile, Rector of UGM, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc, said that the research expo & innovation 2012 from14-16 December 2012 is a momentum to show some innovations produced by UGM which are expected not to stop at the campus only but can be applied in society and industry.
“UGM is ready to assist to apply the innovations for the people of Yogyakarta and elsewhere,” said Pratikno.
The opening of UGM Research Expo & Inovation 2012 to celebrate the 63th UGM anniversary is marked by unmanned mini aircraft, UAV Gama 1, that can be used to monitor the border areas, remote islands and even the condition of the disaster site such as the Mt. Merapi. Also on exhibition is the Joko Klono robot produced by UGM student.