While addressing the new university students as quoted in a release received in Malang, East Java, on Saturday, the minister pressed for making the most of various opportunities that the Malang Muhammadiyah University had offered to them and to not miss any second, and utilize their time wisely to learn and seek new experiences.
He also encouraged new students to immediately adapt to their new environment, given they were in the phase of transforming from being a school student to a university student.
He had additional five messages for new students, who would become future leaders.
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The minister expects new students to think critically through the challenges and activities presented by the university.
The second message was to foster creativity, while the third was to be innovative to tackle various problems. In the fourth message, he expects students to possess communication and collaboration skills. Lastly, he called on students to be confident.
General Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah Haedar Nasir opined that this was not an easy era, as multiculturalism had grown increasingly complex, marked by democracy, human rights, tolerance, pluralism, and relations between groups, nations, and states.
Nasir reminded that the students could no longer escape this reality while calling on them to always be introspective so as not to get carried away and become objects of multiculturalism.
According to the general chairman, this was also the era of digital and information revolution that offered convenience and speed. However, should one be so careless, they would get siphoned into a vortex of unfavorable existence.
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“This can happen because of the lack of mastery of science and technology based on science, ethics, and values. Hence, there needs to be self-improvement to master it well," he affirmed.
Nasir said that now was also the era of social media as the consequence of the digital revolution. In addition to the benefits, he also drew attention to the various ill-effects, such as hoaxes, hatred, and slacking off.
"In addition to being successful in learning, you must also have a noble, intelligent, knowledgeable, and high-quality character and be a useful person in order to be able to face the three eras," according to Haedar.
New student admissions for the Malang Muhammadiyah University are held online and offline with strict adherence to protocols. The new students' admissions event from September 21 to 25, 2021, was hosted at the Malang Muhammadiyah University's Dome Hall.
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