Yogyakarta, September 18, 2023 – In commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the Faculty of Biology at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), a special edition public lecture was held with an inspiring theme: “The Role of Kabiogama Alumni in Advancing Community Empowerment in East Kalimantan.” This event successfully attracted more than 200 enthusiastic participants who engaged in a discussion rich with experiences and insights.
The event began with a warm welcome from Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc., the Dean of the Faculty of Biology at UGM. Prof. Budi Setiadi Daryono expressed his gratitude to Drs. Lalu Fauzul Idhi, M.Si., an alumnus of the Faculty of Biology at UGM from the class of ’80 and the founder of Woody Park Borneo, who also serves as the Chairman of KAGAMA East Kalimantan. Prof. Budi mentioned, “This is a special guest lecture because tomorrow morning we will be celebrating the anniversary of the Faculty of Biology at UGM, and if it weren’t for his love for his alma mater, it would have been difficult to invite Mr. Fauzul Idhi due to his busy schedule.”
In this inspiring guest lecture, Drs. Lalu Fauzul Idhi, M.Si., explained the crucial role of Kabiogama alumni in developing community empowerment in East Kalimantan. He elaborated on various initiatives and projects undertaken by alumni of the Faculty of Biology at UGM in the region. One of the primary efforts is to support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from addressing poverty to creating partnerships for sustainable development.
UGM alumni in East Kalimantan have been actively involved in various activities, including Inclusive Villages, the EcoPrint Academy, the Indonesian Water Harvesting Movement, grape cultivation, bamboo cultivation for ecotourism, coffee cultivation, and much more. All of these activities are carried out with the goal of developing villages and local communities, including the establishment of a Tempat Uji Kompetensi (TUK) for agriculture.
In conclusion, Mr. Fauzul Idhi shared the motto that inspires UGM alumni: “Garda Terdepan Beramal Nyata, Benteng Negara Indonesia.” This reflects their commitment to being active agents of change in advancing society and the nation.
This public lecture served not only as a platform for sharing experiences and inspiration but also as a moment to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Faculty of Biology at UGM. The enthusiasm and increased participation of alumni in community development and environmental conservation further solidify the Faculty of Biology at UGM as an institution that supports sustainable development and environmental preservation. Happy 68th Anniversary, Faculty of Biology at UGM! May this spirit of change continue to burn brightly in the hearts of alumni and students.