Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said universities must be future-oriented and teach knowledge that remains relevant in the future.

"Universities must be future-oriented. The knowledge taught today should be relevant and applicable to future conditions," he said when delivering a virtual speech at the 27th Undergraduate Ceremony of the Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic College here on Sunday.

In his remarks, as monitored on the Vice Presidential Secretariat's YouTube channel broadcast, Amin said that educational institutions, including universities, should not only focus on the number of graduates but also the quality of their alumni.

He said the knowledge gained in universities should be used to help others and solve the nation's problems.

"Live the spirit of tolerance, respect diversity, and respect for differences in the frame of unity and solidity," he said.

VP Amin said both higher education students and lecturers must be able to become agents of kindness, pioneers of change, as well as role models for society.

"I invite all graduates to not only be passive witnesses but become a driving force in the national development," he said.

At the end of his speech, the Vice President advised the board of the Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic College to continue to innovate and advance education.

"Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic College needs to revive the culture of collaboration for innovation through partnerships with various educational institutions, the government, and other stakeholders," he said.

He expressed hope that the graduates of Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi College can practice the knowledge they have gained and use it as resources to bring good to the people and the country.

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