UNAIR NEWS – Starting 2020, Rector of Universitas Airlangga and other leaderships conducted a work visit to Banyuwangi Regency Government. It was held on Monday, January 27, 2020 evening at Sabha Swagata Pendopo Banyuwangi, and was attended by UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT, Ak., CMA, and Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas, S.Pd., S.S., M.Si.
It is undeniable that good relation between UNAIR and Banyuwangi District Government has been maintained for quite a long time, from the cooperation in developing UNAIR PSDKU campus in Banyuwangi, the awarding of Banyuwangi as the best regional innovation by UNAIR, to the cooperation related to the development of medical programs.
“I think Banyuwangi is the second home for Universitas Airlangga,” said Prof. Nasih in the meeting.
In his remarks, Prof. Nasih revealed that Banyuwangi Regency was the second home for UNAIR after Surabaya, then Gresik, Lamongan and Jakarta.
He also revealed that Banyuwangi has a special attraction for anyone who visits, whether for a vacation or studies. So, he was very interested in the saying “Anyone who goes to Banyuwangi, will definitely want to come back”.
Furthermore, Prof. Nasih with the leadership of UNAIR also gave spontaneous assessments to Banyuwangi regency and expressed their appreciation to Banyuwangi Regent.
“We agreed to give 4-point-GPA to Banyuwangi regency. And also, I hope that this relationship can continue to bring more benefits to the humanity, “he said.
In the next session, the Banyuwangi Regent, known well as Anas, gave a presentation on the innovation development of Banyuwangi regency for the past 10 years.
“There is no regions that is seen without the development of innovation. And there is no good regions, without a university in it, “said Anas.
On this occasion, he delivered various achievements and innovative developments in the Banyuwangi regency, from the declining poverty, increasing per capita income, increasing number of festivals, to increasing various innovations such as economic policy, and educational scholarships.
“I present all of these things so UNAIR will be more confident to work with the Banyuwangi regency. One example is the decline in Banyuwangi poverty, I think it is also a blessing from the existence of the UNAIR campus in Banyuwangi, “he explained.
Anas also expressed his views regarding the needs of UNAIR students or graduates for the welfare of Banyuwangi community. He hoped that fresh graduates of UNAIR will be willing to serve in Banyuwangi village full time as, according to him, the people not only need teachers, but also need motivators who live around them.
Furthermore, for the tourism hospital program that he planned, he needed young doctors who are willing to have practice in Banyuwangi. Architects are also needed for the development of regional infrastructure, in line with the principle of Banyuwangi, to entrust civilization in progress.
“I hope Universitas Airlangga will continue to work with Banyuwangi, add several new majors in Banyuwangi in line with what I said earlier,” he concluded. (*)
Author: Bastian Ragas
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia