Indonesian Military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo delivering a public lecture at Pelita Harapan University (UPH) main campus in Lippo Village township in Karawaci, Banten. (Photo courtesy of UPH)

Military Chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo Gives Public Lecture at UPH

BY :NURJONI & ANSELMUS BATA

AUGUST 20, 2016

Tangerang, Banten. Indonesian Military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo presented a public lecture on food and energy security at the Pelita Harapan University, or UPH, campus in the Lippo Village in Karawaci, Banten.

Gatot said the future challenges for the world involve food and energy security, particularly as population growth goes hand in hand with depletion of limited natural resources. Indonesia is well-placed to meet the challenges head on.

"We have a good demography, local wisdom, lands and the sea, all of which we must utilize for the greatest benefit of our people," he said, touching on to the country's relatively youthful and growing population which is currently the fourth largest in the world.

UPH founder James Riady said that despite the world's technological advancement, there are great problems to be faced in the future: terrorism, radicalism, food security, addictions and rapid population growth with inadequate housing options.

"The world is rich, but pockets of poverty are present everywhere," he said.

Gatot and James spoke at the UPH Festival 23, a series of events welcoming new students. The festival offers a diverse program, including assessment for students, an education fair and musical performances.

About 15,000 students are registered at the UPH campus, including 200 international students from 10 countries. The university this year welcomed 3,990 new students  3,637 for bachelors, 330 masters student and 23 for doctoral degrees.

UPH has 13 faculties offering 30 bachelor degree programs and six programs for master and doctoral studies. The university offers scholarships, currently to 484 students.

The Jakarta Globe is affiliated with UPH through the Lippo Group.

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