Ganesha University of Education (Undiksha) holds a joint summer program with Diponegoro University (UNDIP) and Muria Kudus University (UMK) under the consortium named GANDI MURIA. GAN stands for Ganesha University of Education, DI refers to Diponegoro University, and MURIA denotes Muria Kudus University. The program which also presents students from overseast institutions discusses the revitalization of the marine ecosystem to enhance tourism. The opening was by led by Undiksha Rector, Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Jampel, M.Pd., took place in Ganesha Room 3 of the Rectorate, Building on Monday, 23rd of September 2019.
The 8-day program (23rd-30th of September 2019) was begun with a two-day seminar of disseminations of several relevant issues which were presented by a number of keynote speakers from the consortium members and international partner institutions. From Undiksha, the speakers were Kadek Lila Antara, S.Pi, M.P, from the Center for Research, Marine Cultivation and Fishery Counseling Gondol, Gerokgak, the speaker was Dr. Apri I. Supii, SPi, Msi. From Undip, the speakers were represented by Dr. Ir. Ita Widowati, DEA.and Dr. Ir Munasik, M.Sc., while from UMK, the speaker was Ir. Zed Nahdi, M.Sc. The international keynote speaker were Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Federico C. Capinpin Jr and Prof. Dr. Rosie S. Abalos from Pangasinan State University, the Philippines, and Mr. Alexandre Veille from France, Asia Aquaculture Manager based in Jakarta.
Rector of Undiksha, Prof. Jampel welcomed positively the program funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. In fact he considered it an honor because Undiksha was trusted as the host of the program. Of course, we highly appreciate this, because Undiksha is the host of the program this year, he explained, accompanied by Vice Rector on Academic Affairs and Partnership, Dr. Gede Rasben Dantes, S.T., M.TI., and Head of Office of International Affairs and Partnership Dr. Ni Made Ratminingsih, M.A.
In relation to the topic raised, it is considered very relevant, because Undiksha has a major in fisheries and marine study programs. In addition, the marine sector is still quite complicated with several problems, one of which is the plastic siege that is very dangerous to the marine ecosystem.
Through this program, it is expected that a solution will emerge to address this problem, so that in the future the sea will remain sustainable and further support the lives of the people, especially the coast. Undiksha as a university that carries the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, one of which is establishing good relations with the environment has also contributed to the rescue of the marine sector by preserving mangrove forests. Of course, Undiksha which has study programs related has the responsibility to take part in maintaining and preserving marine lives,he said.
Head of the Undip International Office, who was also the speaker in the porgram, Dr. Ir. Ita Widowati, DEA expressed her remark that she was very proud of the implementation of this consortium program. This is very encouraging, because it is funded by Ristekdikti. Apart from the ten proposals, only this was approved, she said.
For Undip, the marine sector received serious attention. Various programs have been directed by the Rector, including those related to the legal and social fields. At Undip, the scientific point is about marine. We are concerned about building the coast. All directions go to the sea, she emphasized. The program is expected to be able to catch public awareness to be more serious in protecting the sea, including students. Some of the students who take part in this activity are from outside the Marine Department. We want them to have growing awareness for the sea, she added.
The same thing was also conveyed by the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture UMK, Ir. Zed Nahdi, M.Sc. Although the university does not yet have a marine study program, this program is considered to be very useful because it can add insights. “We only have agricultural study programs. When viewed broadly, marine-related activities can also enter into the realm of agriculture. Of course this program is related to our study program. We hope this program can continue, he explained.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Asia Aquaculture Manager, Alexandre Veille revealed that plastic siege is one of the problems in the marine sector. In this program, this was criticized, and at the same time discussed solutions for handling it.
In addition to the seminar, the 8-day joint summer program was also filled with action activities of caring for the environment, such as the release of hatchlings and coastal cleaning up, and the introduction of sea grape, milkfish and groupers cultivation (Written by Dr. Ni Made Ratminingsih, M.A.)