Mataram, – Indonesia government strongly commits to developing a priority program on advancing the quality of human resources. By having a high-quality generation, Indonesia expects to be a champion among all countries in the midst of global disruption. As an education institution, the University of Nahdlatul Ulama (UNU) has the same mission as the government.

“It is one of NU visions to form qualified human resources alongside the government program, so that we can compete with the other nations. The key to win the competition is the human,” stated the Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin in his visitation to UNU campus in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Selaparang, Mataram, Friday (07/01).

According to the VP, beside taking the lead in global competition, high-quality human resources is also the key to making the world prosperous. Making the world prosperous is the legacy of ulama’, so when they are passed away, they have a successor to continue the good deeds. No one can do this noble task, but the selected human who masters both science and technology.

“To make the world prosperous we need a key, namely the high-quality human resources, mastering both science and technology,” he affirmed.

Thus, the VP assigned all ulama, NU organizers, and the stakeholder of UNU NTB to prepare strategic steps in improving the students.

Firstly, the VP elaborated, that they have to strengthen the collaboration as well as the cooperation with the regional government in NTB and other strategical parties in the terms of developing the students’ skills.

“These are people of NTB and the government. We need to unify all groups [in collaboration] to work as a team and the good ideas should be detected by the government and NU people themselves,” he advised.

Secondly, he continued, creating quality can be done through the expansion and the upgrading of the quality of education, especially in a higher level of education.

“More facilities are needed. Therefore, we shall seek the help from the central government, regional government as well as the entrepreneurs who are expected [to help] with their CSR,” he explained.

Thirdly, the VP said, they need to be productive constantly, generate some initiatives, and make some breakthroughs to elevate the prosperity of NTB people and underpin the development of the nation.

“And what we already achieved is a thing, but we always need more new things, innovation,” the VP advised.

Creating all the innovations must be not easy. Yet, the VP reminded all UNU organizers to keep being independent and persistent in whatever condition.

“The strong believers are more lovable to Allah SWT than the weak ones, because of the education. We have to empower ourselves and seek guidance at the same time,” he ended.

In addition, NU has been managing Islamic boarding schools (Pondok Pesantren), schools, universities, and hospitals by having the understanding of Ahlussunnah Wal Jama’ah to build the people’s prosperity and welfare. The educational institutions under NU have been contributing to the Indonesian education field.

During the visit, the VP has been accompanied by the Governor of NTB, Zulkeflimansyah; Rector of UNU, Baiq Mulianah; the Head of the Vice President Secretariat, Ahmad Erani Yustika; Deputy of Human Development and Distribution of Development Policy, Suprayoga Hadi; General Director of Livestock and Animal Health of Ministry of Agriculture, Nasrullah; Special staffs of the VP Masduki Baidlowi, M. Imam Aziz, and Expert Team of VP Farhat Brachma.
(DMA/LHS, BPMI Setwapres)