Universitas Gadjah Mad, in collaboration with KAGAMA, hosted a synergy program called Alumni Night 2021 on Saturday (12/18) at Grha Sabha Pramana Floor 2 and online via the Zoom Meeting Room. This event was part of the 72nd Dies Natalis of Universitas Gadjah Mada.
Also, attending the event was the Minister of Transportation, Ir. Budi Karya Sumadi, the Deputy General Chairperson of PP KAGAMA I. Budi Karya, in his remark, said that UGM is currently the best university in Indonesia. But, of course, it is not a piece of cake to achieve. It is a result of collaboration between the university and alumni.
Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., IPU, ASEAN Eng., UGM rector, also said UGM reached out many regional administrators to ask for help related to the World Class University rankings.
“KAGAMA’s contribution and concern for its alma mater play a significant role in increasing UGM’s recognition. As can be seen, currently, UGM is at the first rank in WCU and ranked 254th globally. In addition, in several recognitions and other rankings, UGM takes the lead in Indonesia,” he said.
On the same occasion, Prof. Panut expressed his gratitude to all regional KAGAMA colleagues and the WCU team who have worked hard in increasing UGM’s ranking. After the remarks, Prof Panut launched the Alumni Channel, SIMPONI UGM.
SIMPONI UGM is the latest feature of the Sahabat UGM in the form of social media for UGM alumni across generations to communicate with each other and maintain relationships.
Next was an online speech by the Chairman of KAFEGAMA, Perry Warjiyo, Ph.D., the Governor of Bank Indonesia. He delivered a speech on the synergy of alumni and university toward a healthy Indonesia.
The event was followed by a symbolic scholarship awarding ceremony to the representative awardee. The mentioned scholarships are KAGAMA Batch XI Scholarship, which was delivered by the Head of Division VI PP KAGAMA, Anak Agung Gede Putra; Sahabat UGM scholarship, which was delivered by the rector, Prof. Panut Mulyono; and Gadjah Mada Peduli Scholarship, which was delivered by the Vice-rector IV, Prof. Paripurna. He also relaunched Orang Tua Asuh Program (the Foster Parents Program), a scholarship program initiated by the Vice-rector for Cooperation and Alumni to help students with financial issues. In 2021 there are twenty-four awardees.
This event was enlivened by KAGAMA Beksan presenting two dances; Golek Sulung Dayung dance and the Betawi Kreasi Nyai dance. Then, the Adiswara Gadjah Mada Choir sang their song and followed by I Wayan Balawan who presented his video performance. The event was closed by the guest star, Ndarboy Genk.
Alumni night is held annually as part of UGM Dies Natalis. This event accommodates alumni to meet and reminisce their memories in UGM. It is hoped that the event could strengthen alumni and university relationships. Therefore, both could always be in synergy to contribute for better state and nation.