Sixteen state universities collaborate for KKN Brantas Tuntas to deal with Brantas River problems

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Dra. Hj. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, M.Si delivers a speech in presence of sixteen state universities’ representative in East Java. (Photo: Muhammad Alif Fauzan)

UNAIR NEWS – Governor of East Java, Dra. Hj. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, M.Si, officially send the university students off to East Java Universities Collaborative Community Service Program (KKN). It involves state universities from Banyuwangi, Jember, Malang, Tulungagung, Surabaya, and Madura. Being held in Grahadi State Building, the Community Service program, Brantas Tuntas was participated by 16 state universities in East Java on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

In her remarks, Khofifah said that the tagline, Brantas Tuntas, that had been crystallized into a joint model of collaboration between state universities is very good. Khofifah stressed that the key to this activity is collaboration.

“Today we receive a gift, that all state universities in East Java through the LPPM (Institute for Research and Community Service, ed) have agreed to commit in Brantas Tuntas,” she explained

If there is a collaboration, she continued, the Community Service Program can provide education and persuasion. Furthermore, the aspect of coercion must also be proclaimed.

“I hope this Community Service Program can be a more comprehensive synergy. This is an extraordinary gift at the end of 2019, ” she concluded.

Meanwhile, Dr. Eko Supeno, Drs. M.Si., said that Brantas Tuntas Community Service Program was not only followed by 8 state universities. But in its course, from total 21 state universities in East Java there were already 16 PTN involved in KKN Brantas Tuntas.

“This is an answer from state universities on their concern for the environment, especially Brantas River,” he said.

Dr. Eko explained that there were 3 main objectives to be achieved in Community Service Program this time. Students are expected to become environmental ambassadors and educational ambassadors for better East Java.

“Furthermore, no less important, students are expected to be part of the framework of developing an environment-based economy in East Java,” he concluded.

Prof. Hery Purnobasuki, M.Si., Ph.D. said that we must unite all state universities which have their own strengths. The goal is to become a powerful collaboration to contribute to our own region, the East Java region.

“East Java from now on tries to bind state universities together to realize the ideals of East Java,” he said.

Prof. Hery explained that the institutions tried to contribute in solving the problems they could solve in East Java. He emphasized the need for universities to collaborate in order to be greater.

“We don’t want state universities only to be considered as ivory towers. Hopefully this event will bring great impact, “he concluded.

Author: Sandi Prabowo

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia

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