Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, Ph.D. (Photo: Defrina Sukma S)
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UNAIR NEWS – There are various interpretations of independence. In the 72nd celebration of Indonesian Independence, UNAIR News managed to meet the youngest professor of UNAIR, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, Ph.D., Tuesday, August 15.

Professor of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UNAIR said that independence can be viewed from six aspects, economy, education, security, social, culture and environment.

“In the economic aspect, it can be interpreted by increasing GDP per capita of $ 10,000 with low inequality (less than 0.50). On the aspect of security, it can be viewed from guaranteed  safe and comfortable life in Indonesia,” said Badri.

From the educational aspect, Badri related Independence to the increasing population of Indonesia who became creative class from 7.94 percents in 2015 to 20 percents in 2030. For the social aspect, he considered that independence can be seen from the absence of discrimination on behalf of tribes, religions, races and groups.

From the cultural aspect, Badri believed that independence can be realized by accepting global culture wisely without losing national identity. Meanwhile, on the aspect of the environment, independence is realized by passing down Indonesia state to the next generation with better environmental conditions.

“The six aspects above are the most urgent for immediate execution,” he said.

Although the six aspects must be executed immediately, Badri also explained the various challenges to realize the real independence. For him, the challenge is like the unsynchronized government’s orientation to the six aspects between the central, provincial and city / district government.

“Direct regional and presidential election systems make it difficult to create synergy between long-term and short-term national agendas to gain votes,” he explained.

Finally, although there are challenges, Badri still hoped in 72nd Independence Day of   Indonesia, this nation in the future can improve the six aspects to be aligned with the countries in the G-20.

“We must be aligned with 20 developed countries on those six aspects,” he concluded.

Author: Nuri Hermawan

Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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