Jakarta. Education is the key to national development. There is no advancement without science and knowledge. Both can only be mastered by serious efforts by students. Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated this when he formally opened the 17th national congress of the Association of South Sulawesi Students (IKAMI) today at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

He then added that science is rapidly developing and thus everyone must keep pace with its development.

IKAMI, Mr Kalla said, is an intellectual community, and not a hub to formulate demonstrations. “There should be scientific seminars and discussion in it,” he affirmed.

Technology in the Pinisi sailing ship, said the Vice President, is a legacy that everybody, especially those from South Sulawesi, is proud of. However, he continued, it must not end as a pride but something that ignites innovation to create a better future.

Attending the ceremony were South Sulawesi vice governor Agus Arifin Numang, IKAMI’s chairman Rusydi Anwar, and Head of Vice President’s Secretariat Mohamad Oemar.