Today’s Discussion

This evening I joined a discussion about Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge) compared with issues that we usually happen in our daily life. Much content we talked is about logical fallacy and also political identity that strengthened in nowadays.

Based on history, ITB was campus that sterile with political activities. So hard for external organizations to enter campus territory. But how about now? Many students are being activist in religious groups. There are less artivities that talk about how science and technology are to be discussed.

Another problem is output of its education has a tendency to be arrogant whereas this attitude is contrary with spirit of scholars : more knowledgeable, a man is being more wise.


Life Without Competition

“I will beat you to get first rank in class”, said A.

“In the next election, our precidency must be subtituted by a new one”, said Z.

“Choose me to be member of parliament, I will increase our social welfare, trust me. If don’t, let you get destruction”, said M.

“He has just getting promotion for his job, maybe because of his proximity with the Rector”, said X.

I am curious that many people like discussing about a winner that win a competition. It doesn’t matter if kind of competition is like sport championship or game. But, how if it happen in the social life ? It can create hatred I think. For example election. Main goal of this event is to find a better one that have high potential to run a government. It’s good, but in its journey, it become pragmatic and comodity. It’s like a market with its seller and buyer. Politician as a seller and society as a buyer. If politician want to be elected, he must convice society that his product (program, personality, and soon) is better than another politician. He do many things to be winner even he finally manipulate his product.  His rival will do so. As the result, society as buyer have no choise and elect the best of the worst.

This is systemic, we can’t judge which one who’s wrong. For my opinion, voting system is not suitable implemented in developing country like Indonesia. Based on constitution, the best way is deliberation (musyawarah mufakat). Here, delegation can debate with another untill to form a deal. This is more fair, people will be respected because their thought not popularity. In nowadays, there is no place for deliberation. MPR as higher people supremacy is dominated by politician. Beside that, president has dual fuction as head of government and head of state. So, all the power be with him.

Back to the topic.

Life without competition for most people is an utopia but for me not. Every day we fight for our selves, not other people. We try to better than a day before. This happen till we die. Even we finally have a position in government, actually we don’t win other people but our selves. We will think that we will do the best for the place where we are.

Sumpah Pemuda

I remembered again this heroic moment this evening when my lecturer invited me to discuss about that. Youth Pledge, commonly we call it “Sumpah Pemuda”. I have just known that term coming from new order. In fact, it was Youth Agreement or in bahasa we name it “Perjanjian Pemuda”. From that event, a concept of nation was born. If not wrong, the member of congress firstly discussed about nation then motherland and language. It’s very reasonable that there is no Indonesia as country if there was no sumpah pemuda.

Now, independency of Indonesia as a country without colonialists is 72 years. But, do we understand about a nation. Why Indonesia is called as a nation? It’s because of geography, etnics, religion, or what?

I think a invitation from my lecturer as way to me to understand about Indonesia. I hope so.


I read this morning two articles talking about disruption. First is about political disruption that happens because of information booms that create a new source of knowledge. The second is disruption in education with home schooling as it’s shape. Maybe after this we hear some topics related to disruption, for instance art, sport, architecture, and so son. Just wait. The term “disruption” maybe comes from information era with its industrial revolution 4.0. It makes many breakthroughs in daily life like in way we communicate, interact, work, etc. It also creates another opportunity like new jobs. In the past time, we don’t think that vlogger is promising job because we just know a blogger. I remember that Rhenald Kasali, a management scholar, have written a book talking about this topic. Maybe I will read it next.

National Education Day

Every 2 May, we celebrate national education day. Familiarly, we call it Hardiknas. I forget why this date is used for this celebration. This morning, university officials held ceremony in front of campus head office. Ok, I will tell something related to education. As you know, this topic is very familiar for me especially when I nearly graduate for this campus. I often wrote several articles about education, youth generation, and higher education. This topic I think still sexy to be discussed here.

Now is emerging of information era, an era that has full of complexity signed by big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, and so on. Some people name it as industrial revolution 4.0. Even it’s complexity needs new approach in process of learning but I think it still needs conventional education like school and university. In there, we train our logics so we can sustain in this era. Because the world is really changing, our education has to change too. If in the past time, graduate must be skilled-person, now they must be strong in problem solving. Not just smart in mathematics but also in complex thinking, communication, and attitude. The important thing is trained to learning something new relatively fast. When in the past, working to be petroleum engineer is idol, now being a data engineer is better one.

I think university must respond this changing with creating some breakthrough not just creating new study-concerns, but the most important is stimulating it’s civitas to be more creative. Education process, research achievements, and social empowerings must be evaluated and then adapted to the real world. I don’t believe with the jargons like Entrepreneurial University if we don’t really understand with what we have achieved right now.

Research Manager

This morning I read an article written by Indroyono Susilo in KOMPAS. Initially he said about a speech of Presiden Jokowi that to evaluate research that has no significant contribution in the real world. He then proposed an idea that to make our research meaningful, we must have someone that concern in its management. He said research manager. His duty is to make sure that all research that’s contributed by university, institute, department, and soon has a right direction. There is no overlap between them, so research funding will be put in right place so it becomes more efficient. Every year we spend trillions for research, even it less than 1 percent of GDP, it’s result is not significantly good (let’s look for percentage of publication).

Research manager in my mind must be accomplished by special task force in direction of ministry of research and higher education education. The duty is to evaluate, map, and create road map of our research. By this existence, I hope that we will hear a program to not just support publication in reputable journal but give direction and stimulate collaboration with many stakeholders that have impact in research.

First Publication

Today, my opinion was published by leading national newspaper, KOMPAS. This is the first time since 2014, when I tried to send my opinion to that media. I sent my article in March 27, no reply from its editorial staff until I resend an email for asking confirmation. In this evening after finishing my job in SBM, I went to Information Centre then accidentally I opened page by page of KOMPAS. In the column of opinion, I saw my name, I then shocked. I didn’t belive that my article was published there. I predicted that there was no opportunity for my article in this time. I saw several parts of the article that still have some mistakes. But, luckily, it was published. Surely, I am happy and motivated to write again. The title of my article today is “Challenge of PPID in the Higher education Facing Era of Data”. I offered data management as solution to make serving public information to be going well.