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04
November

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) underscored the importance of universities relaxing the curriculum to make it more flexible and less rigid to produce competitive human resources.


"(Universities should) open up to new paradigms and ways that are more responsive, from mono to multi, and from mono to inter and also transdisciplinary," he remarked during the virtual launch of the Merdeka Belajar Episode 6 program themed “Transformation of Government Funds for Higher Education” here on Tuesday.


Additionally, universities should change the orientation of theory building to problem solving and impact making. Lecturers must also facilitate students to learn through any media and at any time.


"A good university is one that builds an ecosystem for free learning and makes use of widely open materials and media. The new normal standard must also be formulated from various policies," he noted.


To implement the new normal standard, a policy must be formulated on key performance indicators of lecturers and policies for higher education priority programs along with budget allocation, infrastructure, and various standard operating procedures (SOP).


"Likewise in the field of research and community services, various new normal standards must be formulated," Jokowi noted.


In the midst of developments in digitalization development, research and technology development should be given top priority. Various digital technology developments, such as big data analysis and artificial intelligence, can now be applied in various fields of life, he affirmed.


"Innovations by utilizing this must be pursued by universities in Indonesia for the welfare of society and progress of the nation," he remarked.


Furthermore, technological developments and innovations are expected to support the development of food and energy self-reliance as well as entrepreneurship development of MSMEs in various sectors.


"Higher education must be transformed to become more dynamic. Create breakthroughs, build a competitive climate to increase competitiveness, establish synergies, collaborate with BUMN (state-owned companies), and industry, digital-based talent pools, and other cooperation models to optimize capabilities and encourage better performance," the head of state remarked.


Universities must capitalize on the energy and courage to bring about changes to produce superior quality human resources, he noted. (ANTARA)

01
November

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) denounced French President Emmanuel Macron's statement that insults Islam.


"Indonesia strongly denounces the statement of the French President that has insulted Islam that has hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world," President Jokowi stated at the Merdeka Palace here on Saturday.


President Jokowi conveyed the statement after meeting with religious leaders in Indonesia, including representatives from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Muhammadiyah, the Indonesian Church Trustees Conference (KWI), the Indonesian Church Association (PGI), Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI), the Indonesian Buddhist Association (Permabudhi), the Indonesian Confucian Religion Council (Matakin) and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi.


"That can create divisions among followers of various religions at a time when the world needs unity to face the COVID-19 pandemic," Jokowi stated.


The head of state believes that freedom of expression that fails to uphold honor, sanctity, and the holiness of religious values and symbols can under no conditions be justified and should be stopped.


"Associating religion with acts of terrorism is a big mistake. Terrorism is terrorism. Terrorists are terrorists. Terrorism has no law with any religion," he noted.


Indonesia also strongly denounced the violence in Paris and Nice.


"Indonesia strongly condemns the violence that occurred in Paris and Nice that claimed lives," the president stated.


Earlier, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry denounced Macron's remarks on Islam and support for depiction and publication of cartoons on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), which have sparked much ire in the Islamic World. To register its protest, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry summoned French Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Olivier Chambard, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and sought an explanation for Macron's controversial statements.


Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, told ANTARA here on Wednesday that Ambassador Chambard was summoned to apprise him of Indonesia's official stance on the anti-Islam remarks made by Macron recently in a speech.


The Indonesian government objected to President Macron's comments linking Islam to terrorism or extremism, affirming that associating any religion to acts of terror cannot be justified and would deeply offend adherents of the religions, Faizasyah stated.

Macron's remarks following the beheading of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class recently have sparked controversy and fueled a backlash from Muslims worldwide over the past few days.(ANTARA)

01
November

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) denounced French President Emmanuel Macron's statement that insults Islam.


"Indonesia strongly denounces the statement of the French President that has insulted Islam that has hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world," President Jokowi stated at the Merdeka Palace here on Saturday.


President Jokowi conveyed the statement after meeting with religious leaders in Indonesia, including representatives from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Muhammadiyah, the Indonesian Church Trustees Conference (KWI), the Indonesian Church Association (PGI), Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI), the Indonesian Buddhist Association (Permabudhi), the Indonesian Confucian Religion Council (Matakin) and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi.


"That can create divisions among followers of various religions at a time when the world needs unity to face the COVID-19 pandemic," Jokowi stated.


The head of state believes that freedom of expression that fails to uphold honor, sanctity, and the holiness of religious values and symbols can under no conditions be justified and should be stopped.


"Associating religion with acts of terrorism is a big mistake. Terrorism is terrorism. Terrorists are terrorists. Terrorism has no law with any religion," he noted.


Indonesia also strongly denounced the violence in Paris and Nice.


"Indonesia strongly condemns the violence that occurred in Paris and Nice that claimed lives," the president stated.


Earlier, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry denounced Macron's remarks on Islam and support for depiction and publication of cartoons on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), which have sparked much ire in the Islamic World. To register its protest, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry summoned French Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Olivier Chambard, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and sought an explanation for Macron's controversial statements.


Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, told ANTARA here on Wednesday that Ambassador Chambard was summoned to apprise him of Indonesia's official stance on the anti-Islam remarks made by Macron recently in a speech.


The Indonesian government objected to President Macron's comments linking Islam to terrorism or extremism, affirming that associating any religion to acts of terror cannot be justified and would deeply offend adherents of the religions, Faizasyah stated.

Macron's remarks following the beheading of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class recently have sparked controversy and fueled a backlash from Muslims worldwide over the past few days.(ANTARA)

26
October

 

Former vice president Jusuf Kalla and Secretary General of Rabithah Alam Islami (Muslim World League) Mohammad Abdul Karim Al Issa witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement on the construction of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and Islamic Civilization History Museum.


The agreement document was signed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday by Chairman of the Prophet Muhammad SAW History Foundation retired commissioner general Syafruddin and Deputy Executive of the Muslim World League Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Mathar.


Kalla, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and Islamic Civilization History Foundation, in a statement on Sunday, expressed his joy that the plan to build the Prophet Muhammad SAW and Islamic Civilization History Museum in Indonesia would soon be realized.


"Muslims in Indonesia are looking forward to a museum that will present the history of the Prophet Muhammad to increase his love for the Prophet and his faith in Allah SWT," he remarked.


Jusuf Kalla also said that the museum would also feature specifically the history of traders from the Arabian peninsula introducing Islam in Indonesia.


In addition, the museum will also display the history of the arrivals of Islamic scholars from Arabia to Indonesia in order to teach Islam at that time, so that 90 percent of Indonesia's population became Muslims.


The museum will become a new icon for Jakarta and attract Muslim tourists from neighboring countries, according to Kalla.


Syafruddin, who is also the Chairman of the Committee for the Construction of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and Islamic Civilization History Museum, said that the signing of the cooperation agreement was a great momentum for the Indonesian people, especially Muslims in Indonesia and the neighboring countries.


The museum is the first one of its kind to be built outside Saudi Arabia. So far, the Museum of the History of the Prophet Muhammad and Islamic Civilization exist in Makkah, and Medina.


The museum to be built in North Jakarta, will display all life, exemplary, family, the role of peace, and civilization built by the Prophet Muhammad with 3D technology, holograms, and augmented reality. Hence, the museum will become a place of research for students, lecturers, and researchers to study the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan followed the signing of the agreement via a tele-conference facility. (ANTARA)

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