Muhamad Jusuf Kalla Receives Doctor Honoris Causa from ITB
Bandung, West Java - Track record, evidence of innovative works and wisdom attitude of former Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla led him to obtain an Honorary Doctorate degree in productivity from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) on Monday (13/1). The scientific oration was attended by Ministers in Jusuf Kalla era, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, regents, and rectors from a number of universities.
The Honorary Doctoral Promoter Team was chaired by Abdul Hakim Halim from ITB Industrial Engineering Faculty along with five other professors, including Dradjad Irianto, Kadarsah Suryadi, Bermawi P Iskandar, Hermawan Kresno Dipojono, and Mohamad Ikhsan from Faculty of Economics and Business of Universitas Indonesia (FEB-UI).
In his introductory presentation, Chairman of Promoter Team Abdul Hakim Halim said there are four concrete examples, innovations decided by Jusuf Kalla in increasing the productivity of a system, both in the form of companies and institutions in public and government sectors. First, the performance of PT Bukaka Teknik Utama, which is now one of five producers of passenger bridges from the terminal to the aircraft (garbarata), kerosene to LPG conversion programme, direct cash assistance (BLT), and the construction of Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar.
"Jusuf Kalla managed to get out of the stigma and realise the dream of building Sultan Hasanuddin airport as a nation's masterpiece with relatively low cost," added Abdul Hakim Halim.
In his speech, Jusuf Kalla said that the key to national prosperity is productivity. Countries with high productivity will be able to produce goods and services beyond their needs. The difference between what is produced and consumed allows them to make investments which in turn increases productivity and prosperity to a higher level.
"In line with the experience of nations across the world, high and sustainable growth will only be realised if Indonesia is able to increase the productivity of capital utilisation, both companies and government institutions," said Jusuf Kalla.
In the future, this understanding of productivity will become even more important, because the challenges facing the nation will be greater, namely the available resources, which are inputs that will become scarce and expensive. The types of products and services needed by customers and the community become increasingly varied with the quantity per type of product or service becoming smaller but with increasingly high-quality demands," said JK.