Prof. I Nyoman Gde Antara Inaugurated as Rector of Unud for the Period 2021-2025 by the Minister of Education and Research and Technology Virtually

Denpasar - Tuesday (24/8/2021) the Inauguration of the Rector of Udayana University was held by the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology which took place virtually. Prof. Dr. Ir. I Nyoman Gde Antara, M.Eng.,IPU was officially inaugurated as Rector of Unud for the 2021-2025 Period by the Minister of Education and Research and Technology. The inauguration took place virtually considering the current pandemic period and the implementation of PPKM for the Java-Bali region. On this occasion the Minister of Education and Research and Technology also inaugurated several other higher education leaders and officials within the Ministry of Education and Research and Technology.

Previously Prof. I Nyoman Gde Antara was elected as Unud Rector for the 2021-2025 period which was decided through the Unud Senate Meeting with 81 votes out of a total of 122 votes. Prof. Antara also briefly occupied strategic positions in the ranks of University Leaders, namely as Chair of the International Office, Chair of LPPM and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.

The inauguration ceremony took place at a central location at the Kemendikbud-Ristek Building in Jakarta and was attended by the Minister, Secretary General, Inspector General, Director General and other officials within the Ministry, either directly or virtually. While Prof. I Nyoman Gde Antara took place in Nusantara Room, Unud Agrocomplex Building, Sudirman Campus, Denpasar and was also attended by the Senate Leaders, University and Faculties Leaders and the previous Rector of Unud, Prof. A.A Raka Sudewi.

Mendikbud-Ristek Nadiem Makarim in his speech said that within a period of 2 years, Kemendikbud-Ristek experienced quite extraordinary dynamics. The first dynamic is organizational change, namely in 2019 with the rejoining of elements of higher education and in 2021 with the merging of elements of research and technology, then the second dynamic is the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic situation has had a tremendous impact on the teaching and learning process. In the midst of all the challenges and limitations we have experienced a leap in the adoption of technology in education. On this day, new officials in the Ministry of Education and Culture were inaugurated, Nadiem Makarim hoped that the Rector and Director of Polytechnics would become ambassadors for the Merdeka Learning Campus, which would provide opportunities for students to innovate. The Chancellor is appointed to be able to carry out his duties as well as possible. The Rector is also asked to ensure that the universities he leads produce professional candidates who are intelligent and with character.

Rector of Unud Prof. Antara after the inauguration, I Nyoman Gde Antara expressed his gratitude to Prof. Raka Sudewi, the previous Rector of Udayana University who gave a lot of lessons. Now the challenge is we have to continue what he has achieved, and then we will improve in the future. Prof. Antara also thanked the entire internal academic community of Udayana University from the initial process to the culmination of the inauguration of the current Rector for all their contributions. Thank you also to the community, and ask for your blessing, hopefully in the future the presence of Udayana University in the midst of society can be felt more. Because we will be with the community at every opportunity to help them in every aspect of Balinese life and Indonesian society in general. Hopefully, Udayana University can carry out its vision and mission to provide learning opportunities, access to higher education for the community.

More Prof. Antara conveying the first future targets, of course we will change the appearance of Udayana University, especially on the Bukit Campus, so that later Udayana University with its Bukit Campus can transform into an adequate campus, having a quality educational ecosystem, so that superior human resources are born, with good personality, and what is important is to contribute to development both in Bali and Nationally.