The Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Professor Ova Emilia, MD, visited the UGM Alumni Family (Kagama) in Lampung on Sunday, October 15.
Among the attendees were the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Community Service, and Alumni, Dr. Arie Sujito; the Vice Chair of the Kagama Central Board, Professor Anwar Sanusi; and a representative from the Kagama Lampung Board, Suryono.
Professor Ova Emilia mentioned that the number of UGM alumni has reached 500,000. UGM alumni are currently scattered across various regions, both nationally and internationally, working and serving in their respective professions.
“UGM isn’t just an educational institution; it is a teacher of the nation. Therefore, it doesn’t only produce competent scholars or professionals. Wherever a UGM graduate goes, they carry the spirit of the nation,” she stated.
The rector emphasized that UGM is committed to enhancing inclusion by collaborating with Kagama Regional Boards throughout Indonesia in development, planning, research, and innovation.
“I believe this closeness can be mutually beneficial, especially if we collaborate with the local universities here in Lampung, such as Unila,” she added.
Professor Anwar Sanusi mentioned that Kagama holds the motto “Guyub, Rukun, Migunani” to strengthen the unity of its members. He emphasized that this motto enables Kagama to overcome challenging situations without division.
“UGM alumni also share the same spirit and experiences, joys and sorrows, mainly stemming from the lower-middle-class groups. Their extraordinary fighting spirit builds a strong sense of solidarity, making us all siblings,” he concluded.
Representing the Kagama Lampung Board, Suryono expressed hope that the meeting between university leadership and alumni would cultivate a robust collaborative spirit to foster solidarity, safeguard the nation’s welfare, and continually contribute to societal advancement and the country.
“The Kagama Lampung Board actively plays a role not only in society but also in improving the well-being of its members through various programs and revitalization of management at all levels,” he concluded.
Author: Gusti Grehenson