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Semarang, 26/09/2023. Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) and The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs have agreed to increase cooperation in the field of education, research, and providing benefits to the community. This agreement was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Undip, represented by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., and the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, represented by the Deputy for Coordination of Social Welfare Improvement Prof. Dr. Ir. Nunung Nuryartono, M.Si., which was held at the FEB Undip Hall KWU Building.

In the MoU signing ceremony, Sesmenko PMK Andie Megantara, Head of TNP2K Policy Elan Satriawan, and Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs FEB Undip Prof. Firmansyah were also present as witnesses.

Representing the Rector of Undip, Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Faisal, S.E., M.Si., Ph.D. officially opened the event. In his remarks, Prof. Faisal said that Undip has so far carried out various activities to deal with poverty.

“Undip has so far contributed to poverty alleviation. We empower PAUD teachers who will produce good human resources. Then we had prepared 1400 packs of free nutritious food for students given on Monday to Thursday. As well as providing scholarships to underprivileged fishermen’s children around the coast to study at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FPIK),” explained Prof. Faisal.
Furthermore, Prof Faisal hopes that the collaboration between Undip and Kemenko PMK can optimize the efforts of Undip and the Government in handling extreme poverty in Indonesia. “We thank the Kemenko PMK. Undip has contributed to the 2024 extreme poverty reduction program. The existing resources at Undip can be optimized and we can collaborate,” he added.

Representing the Minister of Kemenko PMK, Secretary of Kemenko PMK Andie Megantara, S.H., M.M., Ph.D. expressed his appreciation for Undip’s efforts in handling poverty. “Universitas Diponegoro has innovations to reduce extreme poverty, and can become a center in handling extreme poverty,” said Andie.

Furthermore, Andie explained that the percentage of extreme poverty has decreased and improved every year. However, to further strengthen the handling of extreme poverty, it is necessary to actively involve the campus academic community. “Efforts to reduce the percentage of poverty have been made, but so far there has been a missed puzzle which is the involvement of the active role of the campus. Campuses have many resources. We continue to collaborate with many campuses to help eliminate extreme poverty,” he said.

Furthermore, Andie emphasized that poverty is not just an economic problem. It is multidimensional, involving sociological aspects, cultural aspects, and mindset aspects of society. Therefore, he asked the campus to have a greater contribution, especially with existing academic resources that can help find solutions to poverty management.

“If all campuses in Indonesia contribute, poverty alleviation can be very effective. Campuses have many resources. There are programs on each campus that can help address poverty in the area around the campus. Building a mindset of shame for being considered poor, the academic community can also conduct research on poverty issues, and through KKN programs and independent campus programs, “he added.

The activity continued with a public lecture which was held in a hybrid both online and offline. Deputy for Coordination of Social Welfare Improvement Nunung Nuryartono; Head of Regional Development Administration Bureau Endi Faiz Effendi; Central and Regional Financial Analyst Young Expert of the Ministry of Finance Yadi Hadian; Head of the Department of Economic and Development Studies, FEB Undip Akhmad Syakir, Ph.D.; Head of the Master of Economics Study Program FEB Undip Wahyu Widodo, Ph.D. were also present as speakers at the public lecture.

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