|Flash Mob "UMM for Indonesia". (Photo: Humas UMM)|
Nationalism in University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) was manifested from the various campus life which is complex, open (open minded), and harmonious. Tens of thousands of students from various parts of the country and overseas were moving on in togetherness and brotherhood. They look like being on an Indonesian miniature and comfortable in interacting between various differences.
This nuance also built and maintained to be valued in animating the growth and development of this biggest Muhammadiyah University. It appears from various activity which involved cross tribes, interfaith, cross communication and cross country. Various big events related to nationalism issues and pluralism often become a favorite of students and the society in general
By this national momentum, UMM was called back to hold an event at Saturday, (6/4), that is Nationality Festival II. This is an event in celebrating nationality values and also to unite ideas. “UMM wants to be an active role in bridging the gap, bridging the gap between the differences in leading to unity,” said UMM Rector Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd.
In marking this momentum, UMM intends to re-launch the latest completely built infrastructures in 2019. Those are Shared Lecture Hall (GKB) IV, Educational Hotel Ship Garden Hotel, Bridges and Students Flats in the area of UMM Hospital. This momentum was supposed to be inaugurated by the national figure which has a concern in diversity issues.
The theme of this year National Festival were “Strengthening the Spirit of Diversity for Indonesian Progress” and will be presenting one of the national figures. He is the vice President Republic of Indonesia Dr. (H.C.) Drs. H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla. The present of Jusuf Kalla is under the consideration of his contributions on harmonization of diversity. Also his closeness with Muhammadiyah.
Jusuf Kalla, in the latest of the anniversary of the birthday of Muhammadiyah Assosiation, vice President of Republic Indonesia Jusuf Kalla by the Central Leadership (PP) Muhammadiyah, in particular, award him a Muhammadiyah Award. The Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, Haedar Nashir said, that awarding is as the form of the highest award for his dedication to the nation.
That highest award was bestowed to Jusuf Kalla as a sign of thanks and honor from PP Muhammadiyah. Jusuf Kalla rated as the national figure which plays an important role and dedicated to resolving conflicts and maintaining peace and humanity. Jusuf Kalla was pioneering and real progress in preserving social integration.
The closeness of Jusuf Kalla with the Muhammadiyah oganization has been going on for a long time. For a reason, Jusuf Kalla confessed since childhood, he was growing up in a Muhammadiyah environment family. Moreover, his mother Athirah Kalla was recorded as an administrator of Aisyiyah in Makassar. For Jusuf Kalla, Aisyiyah was a pioneer for this country, especially in a field of education and women’s movement.
The visit of vice President of RI Jusuf Kalla to the White Campus is not the first time, it happened in 2014. Jusuf Kalla ever come to UMM with Megawati on one occasion in the bestowing of UMM Award to the National Figure the husband of Megawati, Dr (H.C.) H. Muhammad Taufiq Kiemas. Jusf Kalla at that time was a 10th vice President RI.
The presence of Jusuf Kalla with Megawati were also to inaugurate the UMM Hospital. Megawati leaves a massage, in the inauguration of the hospital, it will increase the number of professional doctors. In this occasion, Megawati donating five units of the ambulance to the UMM Hospital. That statement was accepted by the Rector of UMM at that time, Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, M.A.P.
This festival becomes a peak of some events in UMM before which mobilize participation from the various community and students groups. In this festival, the event that will be held is Nationality Meeting, Traditional Cultural Arts Exhibition, Productive Work of Lecturers and Students Exhibition, and closed by the inauguration of the newest UMM infrastructure. (joh)