IRPRESUNIV.ORG, CIKARANG – In response to President Joko Widodo’s speech in East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Thursday (13/11/14) about making Indonesia as the world’s maritime axis, PUMA IR of President University conducted a general lecture with the theme of “The Review of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s Global Maritime Fulcrum: The Perspective from Maritime Defense Sector and the National Education” and invited Drs. H. Abdul Wahid Maktub, Special Staff in Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education, as the guest speaker. It was held in Charles Himawan Auditorium President University, Cikarang, Bekasi, Wednesday(11/01).
The topic of “The Challenges and Problems of Indonesia’s Higher Education Quality in Supporting the Idea of Indonesia as the World’s Maritime Axis” was chosen by our guest speaker, Drs. H. Abdul Wahid Maktub, as it is important for us to remember that higher education is essential for the realization of President Jokowi’s vision for Indonesia’s maritime future. To make the vision of Indonesia as a maritime fulcrum possible to be achieved, we need the role of higher education within the effort. Starting from increasing the quality of higher education. This includes on encouraging university students to be more active on making a proper, well-researched academic papers and international publication, not only for the formality, but along with the substantial aspect as well, for the sake of education and acknowledgement. Hence, it is important to make collaborations between universities, industrial sectors, and also communities to maximize the potential of human resources, especially the fresh graduates. More than ever before, it is essential for us to not only focusing on theoretical knowledge on academic, but also on vocational and professional skills as well.
“We need that kind of maturity where we think not only for ourselves, but for the sake of the country. Like what Abraham Lincoln once said, do not ask about what the country can do for you, but ask about what you can do for the country,” was what Abdul Wahid had said to encourage us to be active to take part to embrace this new challenges and renewing our way of thinking on facing the uncertain problems in the future.
Abdul Wahid also encouraged us, as Indonesian citizen, to be able to support the nation as it faces the challenges by changing the culture of self-oriented to be more nation-oriented and start to give more attention to what is happening within the nation.
By: Nuniek Aneira N (IR 2016)
Photos by: Tira Triandita (IR 2016)
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