The Head of UB Alumni Association, Prof. Ahmad Erani Yustika , SE., M.Sc., Ph.D.
If you want to succeed in a certain field, you should dedicate time and waste more energy than the average human being in that field. There is no substitute for hard work, talent is not enough. This was conveyed by Prof. Ahmad Erani Yustika, S.E., M.Sc., Ph.D at the Talk Show of Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Alumni Gathering, Saturday (09/01/2021).
The head of UB Alumni Association said that the definition of success needs to be expanded. There are those that measure from one’s achievement to the peak of a career in certain organizations, both public and private sectors. But someone who is in the environment of service that He wants, who can give the best contribution and desire, then He is a successful person.
“My experience is working in the Ministry of Village for three years, when I visited villages all over the archipelago, I met many UB alumni who became empowers in the village. There are village assistants, village innovators, farmers, fishermen, and volunteers for many activities. They are all successful people because they can share knowledge and experiences as a form of dedication to improve the lives of the people around them, “he explained.
Such a figure, he continued, may not be well-known to the public, but his contribution is real for the surrounding community. “They are alumni who serve in silence, who want to make social changes in society, are great, noble people, and are very much needed by this nation,” he said.
By this and the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic which is still not over, and coinciding with UB 58th Anniversary, is a very good momentum for alumni to give all their resources.
According to this Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business, there are at least three things that UB alumni can do. First, working hand in hand to accumulate assistance for residents affected by the pandemic, in terms of thoughts, energy and money. Second, trying to develop the experience and knowledge they have to help small business actors, breeders, craftsmen, and others to adapt to new situations. Third, alumni continue to nurture the core values of national identity, such as the spirit of nationality, diversity and tolerance. In pandemic and recession situations, these values are very important to support life together.
The Alumni Gathering with the theme “Tough and Achieved to Build the Country” was held online through the Zoom Meeting application. Other presenters who filled this event were the Chairman of PB IDI, dr. Daeng M. Faqih, S.H., M.H and Secretary General of the Ministry of PUPR, Ir. Mohammad Zainal Fatah. This activity also serves as a means of collecting donations for students affected by the pandemic. This activity was also enlivened by a virtual concert of UB Home Band, UB Choir, and Karawitan and Dance Activity Unit, as well as Pongki Barata.
UB Rector Prof. Dr. Nuhfil Hanani AR., MS in his speech said, the 58th UB is a golden age or golden era for UB to develop progress in the future. “This is the period to determine whether UB is getting better or not. So, I hope a lot of support from alumni, “he said.
The Rector said that the role of alumni is extraordinary. “Starting from providing scholarships, internships for students, and other assistance. Therefore, we hope that alumni will remain be our closest partners, because this year UB will become PTNBH where alumni are no longer just giving thoughts, but are directly involved in policy formulation. Because in the membership of the Board of Trustees, one of them is a representative from the alumni, so I really hope the role of alumni to develop UB, “concluded the Rector. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]