Soft Launching, SDGs UB Help Succeed 1000 Villages Community Service

The Center of UB Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were officially introduced to the public through a Soft Launching agenda which was held at FISIP UB, Wednesday (18/1/2023).

The coordinator of UB SDGs Center, Dr. Muhammad Muzakki S.Pd., M.Si said that currently in East Java there are only 3 campuses that have SDGs. The first is Jember University and the second is Airlangga University and Universitas Brawijaya.

“We in East Java are the third campus that forms the SDGs. In Indonesia, we are the 27th campus that forms the SDGs,” he said during the soft launching session.

After the soft launching, Muhammad Muzakki explained that his party would help make the 1000 village community service activities successful which will be carried out by UB. This is a special request from UB Rector, Prof. Widodo S.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D, Med.Sc.

“Special request from UB Rector, we will be given an instrument that collaborates with UB ICT to turn Super Computers into data centers,” he said. This Super Computer can later be used to support community service in 1,000 villages in East Java. We are committed to making this a success, of course with other units such as LPPM as well as lecturers and students,” said the lecturer at the Doctoral Program in Sociology.

Muzakki said that Ub Rector doesn’t want community service student products to only build gates. But with the SDGs it can contribute to building human resources in 1000 villages in East Java.

UB’s SDGs Coordinator, Dr. Ahmad Muzakki S.Pd., M.Si when explaining the program at the soft launching of UB SDGs. (Photo: FISIP Public Relations)

Besides the success of 1000 Village Comunity Service program, UB SDGs will also develop 200 villages under the auspices of the Nusantara Village Network so that the village’s potential will further develop.

“We are also supported by several other parties. There are professors from UI, cultural observers, artists like Trie Utami and several other elements,” he said.

Ahmad Muzakki said that UB SDGs had been initiated since 2021. Initially the activity was carried out by writing articles or journals. After that, the regular Selosoan forum was formed which was packaged in the form of a podcast.

“Not only our discussions, but also the Sonjo Kampung program (visiting the village) to find out how the condition of the village is,” he continued.

Several villages have received assistance, such as one village in Gedangan, Malang Regency. Then assistance was also carried out in Sukodono Village, Dampit. From the several assistances, one of the accelerations that will be assisted by UB SDGs is marketing products from the village.

“One Village One Product, one of the main problems is marketing. Of course things like this will involve cross-studies such as from friends of the Faculty of Economics,” he said.

Furthermore, Muzakki hopes that the curriculum containing SDGs can also enter the faculties in UB. This is because it is believed that this will support the Key Performance Indicators (IKU) that have been set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.

Meanwhile, Vice Dean for Field 2 of FISIP UB, Dr. Ahmad Imron Rozuli revealed that UB SDGs still prioritize local wisdom in each village that will be developed.

“With UB SDGs tagline; Innovation, Acceleration and Collaboration, of course we hope this will become the driving force for the village which involves various scientific aspects in UB,” he concluded. (Humas FISIP/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)