Jakarta. President Joko Widodo has called on the alumni of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University to help with the development of the nation.
"The alumni steering committee was called upon to produce, or convey our ideas on the long-term national strategy on politics, economics, social and cultural affairs, and the law," Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday (28/04), while speaking in his capacity as alumni chairman.
Ganjar added that the president also conveyed his hope that the committee would apply a spirit of reform, by creating breakthroughs in various fields, according to each member's expertise.
In a discussion with the president, Ganjar said the alumni were reminded of the ongoing political reform process in the country. "Political reform should shift from politicians' jargon or slogans, to a statesmanship," he said.
The alumni chairman called on the president to ensure that politics in the nation are not centered on the short-term interests of certain individuals or groups, but that it should address the broader interest of the Indonesian people.
The reforms should also involve recruitment procedures in the country's regions, he said.
Joko also called on members of the university's alumni to maximize Indonesia's regional potential and to ensure that this occurs with cooperation among the alumni of all Indonesian universities.