Dian, June 27th , 2018
Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) is an Islamic and Muhammadiyah university that holds the value of Islam, which represent peace and tolerance. For instance, the Muhammadiyah is an Islamic movement with the vigor of tajdid and the Muhammadiyah movement was inspired and underlain by the Islamic views.
“All of Muhammadiyah actions have no other motive except to apply Islamic principles,” declared Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P the Rector of UMY as one of the keynote speaker when presenting on ‘Building a University Campus with Multicultural Understanding, Respect, and Inclusiveness in the 21st Century in Asia at the NCKU World Islam Campus Summit 2018 on Wednesday-Thursday (6-7/6) at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. At the talk show, Gunawan became a keynote speaker together with President of Kyoto Seika University, Japan Prof. Dr. Oussouby Sacko and President of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan Prof. Huey Jenny Su.
In front of the participant in the majority of academician and students from around the world, Gunawan added that Islam always talked about diversity, humanity, and all human life aspects. He also told UMY as an Islamic and Muhammadiyah university which appreciates the diversity. Gunawan also informed that UMY cooperates with Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) to organize Mahathir Global Peace School focusing on humanity issues without distinguishing races, culture, backgrounds, and religion. “Thus, as an Islamic university, we uphold humanitarian values based on the Islamic teaching,” he maintained.
In the visit to Taiwan, Gunawan Budiyanto was accompanied by Director of Cooperation and International Affairs of UMY Eko Priyo Purnomo, Ph.D. who also delivered a talk entitled ‘Islamic Cultural and Political Development across Asia’.
According to the summit, Director of International Relations Office of UMY, Yordan Gunawan added the statement that “Besides inviting international students from various backgrounds, UMY regularly holds cultural exchange programs such as International Cultural and Culinary Festival and Colombia Coffee. This is a form of gastro diplomacy that makes UMY members from many countries understand and mingle with one another”.