Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) officially formed the Indo-Pacific Study Center on on Saturday (November 17) in the mids of geo-political and geo-economic changes of the ASEAN region (Southeast Asian countries) that experienced the development of East Asia, Asia Pacific, and Indo-Pasific expansion.
"Responded to the collaboration with the Head of the Center for the Study and Development of the Asia Pacific Region in Africa and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Policy Assessment and Development (BPPK), Alhamdulillah, the Indo-Pacific Study Center of UNP has been built," the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri said in his speech on Saturday (November 17).
Furthermore, the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri said that the existence of the Indo-Pacific Study Center was important in bridging the vision and mission of UNP to become a Top University in the Southeast Asia Region. The Indo-Pacific Study Center can be used as a tool on building the nation through some intense studies.
In addition, he added that the presence of the Indo-Pacific Study Center could be used in building the connectivity and sorting out and filtering out various foreign projects that could benefit and harm the nation. It also can provide input for both of West Sumatera Provincial Government and the central government especially on creating policies related to foreign investment.
The administrators of Indo-Pacific Study Center appointed by the Rector of UNP were Yetty Zainil, Ph.D. (Chairwoman), Azmi Fitrisia, Ph.D. (Secretary), Yukon Putra, M, Si. (Secretariat Chairman),12 other members, and the person in charge (the Vice-Rector IV, Prof. Syahrial Bakhtiar).
On the general lecture, Siswono Pramono also conveyed why the presence of Padang and Minang are so important. Siswono said that the Minang took a great hope for the Indonesian people departed from the history that had proven the great number of national leaders who were born from Ranah Minang.
In addition, he revealed that the condition and geographical location of the city of Padang which is strategic with maritime be an important reason related to the establishment and the development of the Indo-Pacific Study Center in future.
"We do not want the mediocre of Indo-Pacific Study Center that is why UNP should be able to capture the opportunity to collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the future," the Rector of UNP said in front of hundreds of UNP’s students and academics community.
Previously, after the speech of the Rector, Prof. Ganefri, the signing of MoU between UNP and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs represented by the Head of BPPK, Siswo Pramono, Ph. D. was held. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)