Prof. Armida S. Alisjahbana: Campus Holds Important Role in Accelerating SDGs Achievement in Indonesia

[, 25/08/2016] To accelerate the achievement of SDGs in Indonesia, universities play very important role. Such was stated by Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Unpad Prof. Dr. Armida Alisjahbana Salsiah in Class Inauguration as the Member of the Commission of Social Affairs Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) in Building 2, 4th Floor Unpad, Jln. Dipati Ukur No. 35 Bandung, Thursday (25/08).

Prof. Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana saat menyampaikan Kuliah Inaugurasi sebagai Anggota Komisi Bidang Ilmu Sosial Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI) di Gedung 2 Lantai 4 Unpad, Jln. Dipati Ukur No. 35 Bandung, Kamis (25/08). (Foto oleh: Tedi Yusup)*

Prof. Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana during Class Inauguration as the Member of the Commission of Social Affairs Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) in Building 2, 4th Floor Unpad, Jln. Dipati Ukur No. 35 Bandung, Thursday (25/08). (Photo by Tedi Yusup)*

“The role of higher education through the three responsibilities of Higher Education, has very wide and varied opportunities to further serve as Indonesian universities contribution to SDGs,” said Prof. Armida.

As she has addressed in Dies Unpad Speech 2 years ago, Prof. Armida believes that higher education is a key factor for the advancement of the nation’s competitiveness. Higher education should not be fully seen as a continuation of secondary education, but it also contains other dimensions associated with the excellence of the nation, namely the development of science, scientific discovery and technological innovation.

In her presentation, Prof. Armida revealed nine proposed areas of focus related to SDGs Indonesia. The proposal is an end to poverty and inequality in all its forms, secondary education universal quality and mastery of science and technology and innovation, health care sustainable universal, inclusive growth and decent employment opportunities, basic infrastructure and connectivity, and urban sustainable, combat changes of climate and its impact, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, biodiversity and marine resources, as well as institution and good governance.

In addition, to accelerate economic growth and distribution in improving the welfare of society, stability of the macro economy is required. Prof. Armida called it a “necessary condition”.

Furthermore, “sufficient condition” is required to reach the SDGs target. The terms needed include of socialization massive and grounded on some targets SDGs specific (adjust on the target group intended), active participation and leadership of Local Government up to the level closest to the people, community development, the implementation of incentives and disincentives, as well as cooperation with various stakeholders.

Prof. Armida also mentioned that global cooperation is needed to accelerate the achievement of SDGs. Global cooperation is carried out not only related to financing facilities, but also for technology transfer, capacity building, and knowledge sharing.

On the occasion, Chairman AIPI Prof. Sangkot Marzuki said that the inaugural lecture is a AIPI tradition undertaken by new members. Inaugural lecture is held at the university in which the new members are based.

“Inauguration lecture of new members has two aims, namely to introduce Indonesian scientific community to the AIPI newly elected members, and to present AIPI accountability to the public in general, and the scientific community in particular, to prove the truth of its choice,” said Prof. Sangkot.

Rector, Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad appreciate the election of Prof. Armida to become a new member of AIPI. Rector also believes that Unpad is ready to contribute together with AIPI for the benefit of society.

“With the support of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Armida was appointed to become one of the members. We are optimistic for the future that Unpad can also contribute more strongly in building development of this country, while maintaining the interaction between the fields, “said Rector. *

Reported by Artanti Hendriyana / eh