In the 58th Milad (Anniversary) series, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD) inaugurated the Office of Business and Innovation Affairs (KUBI) in campus 2 at Jln. Pramuka 42, Sidikan, Yogyakarta on Tuesday (11-27-2018). This office is UAD Growth Hub as a realization of Growing Indonesia Triangular Approach (GITA) project of Erasmus+ Grant. UAD is one of 11 universities in Europe and Indonesia that receives this grant.
GITA project aims to synchronize three aspects, including forming university collaboration, producing alumni who have entrepreneurial interest, and forming new business units. Meanwhile, KUBI has the goal of incubating business startup and Growth Hub of UAD which will become the center of entrepreneurship activities. The center of entrepreneurship activities is aimed at students, alumni, lecturers, employees, and UAD stakeholders.
Mayor of Kota Yogyakarta, Drs. Haryadi Suyuti, in his remarks read by the Head of the Education Office of Kota Yogyakarta, Drs. Edy Hery Suasana, M.Pd., stated that he appreciated UAD for inaugurating KUBI.
"With the opening of KUBI, we appreciate UAD as a university that has commitment and dedication to the field of entrepreneurship. We hope that UAD can collaborate with the government and local stakeholders to empower the people of Yogyakarta."
Haryadi shared his expectation that the inauguration of KUBI will improve the standard of living and the economy of the community, as well as bring new innovations in the field of entrepreneurship, mainly improving the quality of the business of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in order to compete at a higher level of business.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah, Prof. Dr. Yunahar Ilyas, Lc., M.A. said that Muhammadiyah universities must have and develop business units. This aims to reduce the burden on student tuition.
"PP Muhammadiyah is proud of UAD that can develop at a very rapid pace. At present, UAD is one of the big universities that has many business units. By establishing KUBI, we hope that the organization will encourage the growth of business units and bring forth other units," Yunahar said.
On the other hand, the Rector of UAD, Dr. Kasiyarno, M. Hum., accompanied by all Vice Rectors at the inauguration of KUBI, stated that UAD is heading towards an entrepreneurial university. "KUBI will accommodate innovative works to be developed and produced. Moreover, UAD will also develop an entrepreneurship education curriculum to produce entrepreneurial alumni." (Ard)