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Visiting Professor: Sustainable Development Theories and Concepts: MDGs and SDGs

Yogyakarta (12/12) – The visiting professor this time presented a speaker named Agustiyara, S.IP, MPA who is an alumnus of our study program, the International Program of Government Affairs and Administration Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (IGOV UMY). Raising the theme of Sustainable Development Theories and Concepts related to the subject of Environmental Politics with the main topic of discussion regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This activity was held on Saturday (10/12) at 12.00 WIB via Zoom Meetings, attended by IGOV Batch 2020 students.

The visiting professor begins with an explanation of the importance of sustainable development and continued with. The emergence of the sustainable concept is based on the concern that the carrying capacity of the environment is exceeded by human production and consumption, this concept combines nature and ecology adapted to social and economic needs and preferences, also combining preservation and protection with environmental development and growth.

The speaker also explained various indicators that can be used as benchmarks for achieving sustainable development. The material discussed with the visiting professor this time is to deepen and add to students’ knowledge of the material they have received in class and those they have never received. This activity started on time and ran smoothly, at the end of the session it was closed with a question and answer session that trained students’ critical abilities, and several interesting questions emerged from students who attended this activity. (ARP)

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Visiting Professor: Local Government Development in a Malaysian Perspective

Yogyakarta (5/12) – At this Visiting Professor session, the International Program of Government Affairs and Administration Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta invited Assoc. Prof. Dr. Halimah Abdul Manaf as the dean of the School of Government, University Utara Malaysia. Visiting Professor is an activity that aims to provide new insights that are closely related to teaching subjects, especially for students of the International Program of Government Affairs and Administration at Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta (IGOV UMY). In addition, visiting professors also help deepen students’ knowledge of current issues regarding governance in an international sphere that they may not get in class.

This event started at 14.40, and was attended by all IGOV UMY students Batch 2021. On this occasion the presenters discussed the development of local government in Malaysia. Opened with an explanation of how the political system, inter-governmental relations, types of local government, and local authorities in Malaysia. In this discussion, the speaker also said that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Malaysian government had maximized the use of digital platforms.

After that, it was followed by a discussion of various issues and challenges faced by the Malaysian government. These problems and challenges include, rapid urbanization, citizens have high expectations of the government that considers all countries the same, the ability of local governments to generate their own income, the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and others. This event took place smoothly and the participants looked very enthusiastic, in the end the event was closed with a question and answer session between the presenters and participants. (ARP)