The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Jakarta and Budi Luhur University (UBL) agreed to continue and enhance their collaboration to promote a better understanding of the work of the United Nations in Indonesia. The pledge took place at Budi Luhur University in West Jakarta the presence of the Rector, Prof. Ir. Suryo Hapsoro Tri Utomo, Ph.D, together with the university’s programme directors and the deans of faculties, and representatives of the UN in Indonesia.
In an exchange of remarks prior to signing the letter of agreement to extend and broaden the cooperation framework, Prof. Suryo stated his hopes that the agreement would open a window of opportunity for the University to contribute positively towards global development and UN initiatives such as the MY World citizen survey. “The MY World survey is one of the means that the university can undertake to contribute to global development,” Prof. Suryo said.
UNIC Jakarta’s Director Michele Zaccheo expressed his gratitude for Budi Luhur University’s on-going support for UN information campaigns. “Years from now, when the achievements of the new development agenda will become history, you will be able to say ‘I was there, I marked a difference,’” Mr. Zaccheo said.
The agreement highlighted the extension of the partnership first established on 17 March 2011, which lead to the University’s participation in the UN Secretary-General’s Academic Impact initiative, the creation of a “UN Corner” on the Budi Luhur campus in West Jakarta and a series of lectures organized by UNIC Jakarta at the University during the “UN for You (UN4U)” campaign in 2011 and 2012.
Also highlighted in the agreement is the participation of the university in promoting the MY World 2015 global survey both on campus and through its community programs in remote areas.
As of today, some 14 percent of Indonesia’s respondents to the survey have been mobilized by the university’s campus promotion drive of the survey on Monday (25/3) initiated by the students who had previously attended the national launch of the MY World 2015 global survey at UNIC Jakarta last week (21/3).
Preliminary results of the survey shows that a good education – which is already the top priority voted by respondents in Indonesia – as the top priority for respondents at the university, followed by better job opportunities, an honest and responsive government, better healthcare, protection against crime and violence, and better transport and roads.
- by Ronald Roger Rohrohmana