Yogyakarta, September 16, 2023 – Sarasehan Kabiogama, an event aimed at strengthening the connections among the extended family of alumni from the Faculty of Biology at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), was successfully held on September 16, 2023. The event was attended by 30 participants representing students and alumni from various regions.
The Chairman of the Senate of the Faculty of Biology at UGM, Prof. Dr. Suwarno Hadisusanto, and other faculty leaders, including the Dean of the Faculty of Biology at UGM, Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc., Dr. Slamet Wijayanto, M.Sc. (Vice Dean for Finance, Assets, and Human Resources), Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App.Sc. (Vice Dean for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, and Alumni), and Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Head of the Undergraduate Program at the Faculty of Biology), were present at the event. They provided significant support in building networks between alumni and students.
The event began with a welcome address by Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App.Sc., Vice Dean for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, and Alumni. It was followed by remarks from Drs. Heri Susanto, S.Si., MM., the Secretary-General of the Central Executive Board (PP) of Kabiogama, guided by Dra. Hj. Yundaru Nurantini.
The core of the event consisted of a discussion led by Drs. Lalu Fauzul Idhi, M.Si., Chairman of KAGAMA East Kalimantan, Drs. Ario Setra Setiadi, MM., Ph.D., CPM., ACIM., Chairman of the PP of Kabiogama, Drs. M. Husain Kassim, M.P., Head of the Organization Division of the PP of Kabiogama, and Yusril Ihza Farhan Wijaya, S.Si., Chairman of the Graduate Student Family of the Faculty of Biology at UGM.
The discussion addressed the crucial issue of building relationships between Kabiogama and actively enrolled students who are also future potential Kabiogama members. This effort is not only aimed at strengthening the alumni network (SDGs 17) but also at enhancing the potential of students in managing and improving their capabilities during their academic journey and after graduation.
Kabiogama emphasized the importance of Background Checking in the job application process. The involvement of alumni in programs organized by students, and vice versa, will support students in their future job searches. This is a vital step in bridging the gap between the world of education and the job market, which often presents its own set of challenges.
Furthermore, this event also encouraged current students to start developing relations and networks outside of the Faculty. This will assist them in broadening their horizons, gaining valuable experiences, and preparing for post-graduation employment and economic growth in line with SDGs 8.
This year’s Sarasehan Kabiogama serves as tangible evidence that the alumni community of the Faculty of Biology at UGM is deeply concerned about education and the development of students. With a collaborative spirit between alumni and students, every career development activity for students in the future will always be guided and supported by Kabiogama.