FISIP UB Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa Degree to Surya Paloh

The Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Brawijaya (FISIP-UB) awarded an honorary doctorate or Honoris Causa (H.C) in Social Politics to Surya Dharma Paloh, Monday (25/06/2022), in the Samantha Krida building.

Dean of FISIP Dr. Sholih Mu’adi, S.H., M.Si at a press conference on the same day said that the awarding of the H.C Doctorate title was the first time that was done by FISIP UB. Therefore, the embedding of honorary degrees is carried out with full consideration.

“H.C. Doctorate is given to someone who is considered not only to have had a great service to the development of science through his ideas, but also because that person has extraordinary actions or services for the development of progress or prosperity, and the welfare of the Indonesian nation in particular and mankind in general, “explained Salih.

Sholih said that there were four considerations for proposing the title of H.C Doctor to Surya Paloh. First, Surya Paloh, as an experienced figure in the world of the press and media, has been proven to have contributed and played an active role in strengthening democratization in Indonesia through innovations in the press and media.

“This action is able to encourage the dissemination of public information in an inclusive manner so as to allow the presence of a more egalitarian public space for the wider community,” he explained.

The second consideration is that Surya Paloh, who is also one of the leaders of a party in Indonesia, has contributed to promoting a national political climate with more integrity by introducing the idea of ​​Restoration Indonesia and a new tradition, namely politics without dowry.

Meanwhile, the third reason is that Surya Paloh has proven his dedication to the humanitarian and cultural fields which is shown through the rescue mission of Indonesian citizens who were held hostage by militant groups in the Philippines.

While the last consideration is that Surya Paloh has been legally recognized as a statesman by the government, both as a press figure and someone who has made extraordinary contributions in the fields of journalism, politics, culture, and humanity.

“His role is very beneficial for the progress, welfare, and prosperity of the nation and state, as evidenced by having received the award of the Mahaputera Utama Star by the President of the Republic of Indonesia as a National Press Figure. He has also received traditional honorary degrees from many regions in Indonesia and is a leader in cross-cultural communication. In fact, he was also awarded an Honorary Professor from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China,” he concluded.

On this occasion, Surya Dharma Paloh delivered a scientific oration entitled “Strengthening National Politics”. Also attending this activity was the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia for 2004-2019 Dr. (HC) Drs. H. Jusuf Kalla, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Prof. Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc, Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Prof. Dr. H. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, SH., M.Sc., MH, Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives, Rachmat Gobel, several regional heads, as well as leaders of universities and faculties in UB. [Irfan/Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]