The orientation for postgraduate, specialist, and subspecialist candidates for the first period of the 2023/2024 graduation was held on Tuesday (October 24) at Grha Sabha Pramana, Universitas Gadjah Mada.
This time, the UGM Alumni Family (Kagama) invited Dr. Endang Suraningsih, the Human Capital Director of PT Biofarma, to give an overview of the company.
“I believe that education is a form of democracy. UGM graduates are not just ordinary graduates; they can make a significant impact on the nation, especially at the postgraduate level. Therefore, I hope that you have principles and priorities upon graduation,” stated Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Community Service, and Alumni Dr. Arie Sujito in his address.
UGM alumni are known for their high integrity and contributions to many sectors. In this context, the health sector remains a primary focus, consistently needing innovation and development to address contemporary health issues.
Dr. Endang Suraningsih shared insights with the graduates about Biofarma’s role in this era and how to become influential leaders.
“I believe that you, future graduates, possess different values from other alumni. I have high hopes that after graduation, you can contribute not only to your fellow students but also to the wider community. So, build connections,” she expressed.
UGM alumni’s roles remain significant and synergize with Kagama. Educational assistance, sharing among alumni, and connections through the alumni association continue to operate, maintaining crucial links for UGM alumni to sustain these relationships.
Dr. Suraningsih explained that the health sector is crucial as it deals with an individual’s health, even their well-being. This sector will continue to be necessary and prioritized regardless of the situation.
The challenge is to foster awareness and develop quick response strategies in any situation. Typically, when there is no crisis or threat, people tend to become complacent. However, when an emergency occurs, panic sets in everywhere.
This was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, the health sector still requires strategic reinforcement for both handling and preventing actions for the community.
“There are four important qualities when you become a leader. Firstly, a leader should be humble or approachable. They can accept input from anywhere, whether from their staff, work environment, family, or others–it provides a learning opportunity for us,” said the Psychology Faculty alumna.
“Secondly, they should be adaptable, easily adaptable to any situation. Remember, a leader is the main determiner. They should be responsive and precise.”
Additionally, a leader should have a visionary approach and be engaging, meaning they’re willing to collaborate. These four aspects are the key elements in building healthy leadership relationships.
The Kagama’s solidarity continues to show through various contributions. Kagama’s presence also facilitates UGM’s prospective alumni’s career launches because, through the alumni network, many collaborations can be established.
Undoubtedly, Kagama is expected to persist indefinitely, providing broad opportunities for UGM alumni to serve the community.