End of Year Reflection 2017, UB Gave National and International Point of View

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Universitas Brawijaya (UB) released a reflection at the end of 2017. UB’s year-end reflection to be announced related to UB’s international problems, neutrality and independence in provincial and presidential election, food security, politics, human rights, and health.

In the international field, UB expressed his opinion regarding the statement of US president, Donald Trump. Responding to the Indonesian government’s stance of denouncing the US President’s policy of establishing the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Universitas Brawijaya (UB) as one of the largest state universities in Indonesia supports the government’s attitude. This statement of attitude is based on the 1945 Constitution that “freedom is the right of all nations and the occupation of the world must be abolished”. UB with the government and people of Indonesia remain consistent with the Palestinian people in fighting for their independence and rights.

UB’s support for the Palestinian struggle is not just moral support. Starting in 2018 UB will provide concrete support in the form of “Peace Scholarship” to civil servants of Palestinian state for further study of Graduate program (S2 and S3), skill training to Palestinian community both in refugee camp and in Palestinian territory such as training on cattle and goat breeding and development programs and programs “Doctors and Nurses Serving” to provide medical assistance and medical skills training for Palestinian citizens residing in refugee camps in the Jordanian region.

In facing the political atmosphere ahead of the Regional Head Election simultaneously in 2018, UB as an educational institution is neutral to each pair of candidates for regional head. Similarly, facing the Legislative Elections and Presidential Election in 2019, UB will be neutral to all legislative candidates and the pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates. UB will be a forum for academic, neutral and objective political discussions and discourses.

In line with the government’s program in food security, UB always invites alumni to return to their area, especially to the village where alumni come from to help farmers to build agriculture, from seeding to distribution to the collectors. The alumni who returned to the village could make some approaches by the government or related agencies to farmers, farmer demonstrations, availability of information on cultivation. This step can provide maximum farm output and support food security efforts

In the field of Law and Human Rights, UB focuses on the direction of Legal Development in Indonesia which in the last five years (2012-2017) is getting less clear. One indication is the low performance of the House of Representatives in generating laws that have been scheduled in the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas). Secondly, there are still many laws on House of Representatives products which have been canceled by the Constitutional Court, either part of the article or all of its substance. Thirdly, there are laws that are in conflict with each other causing conflict of norms that have implications for legal uncertainty.

To overcome this, UB gives the following two recommendations: firstly, the need to establish a special institution that becomes Leading Sector in designing and formulating the future Direction of National Law Development. In the current constitutional context in Indonesia the Constitutional Court has a strategic role in encouraging the executive to re-empower the National Law Reform Commission. Secondly, the President, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court should promote strong commitment and responsibility in realizing national law enforcement. They have to provide genuinely exemplary model in order to realize the legal consciousness of the community.

UB also paid great attention to the health condition of Indonesian society where the Diphtheria disease is now beginning to reappear even though Indonesia has been declared a State free from Diphtheria. Of course UB wants to contribute to Indonesia by conducting scientific research to produce vaccines for “tropical new emerging diseases”.

Not only Diphtheria disease, UB also noticed the phenomenon of increasing number of Diabetes Mellitus patients in Indonesia. UB through the Bioscience Institute under the leadership of Prof. Fatchiyah, M.Kes., Ph.D has succeeded in creating and producing early detection of Diabetes Mellitus for “DM Type 1” patients based on “Reverse flow Immunochromatoghraphy” or “Rapid Test Autoimmunue Marker autoantibodi GAD65”. UB in cooperation with Ministry of Health RI, PT. Biofarma, and KPRI UB to produce this tool in bulk. This early detection equipment will be sold at affordable prices so that can be purchased by the community from all kalangam social economy.

In addition UB has also given high attention to the efforts of the preservation of herbal products by producing Essential oil products and derivative products through Atsiri Institute, led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Chandrawati Cahyani, M.S. UB actively introducing Essential oil products and derivative products both domestically and abroad. In the field of preservation and development of traditional Indonesian medicine, UB is also very active in developing research on herbal and traditional medicine under UB Traditional Medicine Research Center led by Prof. Muhaimin Rifai. UB has cooperated with several overseas universities such as Ritzumeikan University (Japan), Nagoya University (Japan), La Trobe University (Australia) and Korea University (Korea) and will cooperate with universities in Jordan and Taiwan in developing herbal medicine research and preservation of traditional medicines.