[unpad.ac.id, 22/04/2019] R.A. Kartini’s struggle a century ago has inspired Indonesian women to dare to explore their potential. Women don’t just take care of domestic responsibilities. Now, there are many Indonesian women who have shown their accomplishments and achievements and are able to make the nation proud.
From all of Indonesia’s intelligent and accomplished female figures, some can be found in Universitas Padjadjaran. Their contributions in their respective fields can prove to be an inspiration to be able to benefit the community.
The Unpad Directorate of Governance and Public Communication has curated a list of ten inspirational Unpad female figures, selected from among lecturers, students, and education staff. Their scientific progress, research, and dedication has not only contributed to the progress of the university, but also to the progress of West Java, Indonesia and the world. One could say that they are the Kartini of Padjadjaran, or “Padjadjaran Kartini”.
The Unpad Director of Governance and Public Communication, Aulia Iskandarsyah, PhD, explained that the selection of 10 Padjadjaran Kartini figures was an effort to reflect on of R.A. Kartini’s struggle from an academic point of view.
“We see if there are figures in Unpad who have done good work and have made a good impact, for both society and the organization as a whole. This is a broadcast to invite kindness and to encourage people to continue to excel, especially already highly accomplished women,” said Aulia when met in her office on Monday (22/4).
The selection of 10 Padjadjaran Kartini figures was determined based on the results of a review of publications and reported news that had been posted on Unpad’s official website.
Aulia believes that other than the 10 selected figures, there are still many great women from Unpad who have activities, accomplishments, and achievements that we can be proud of. “In the future there may be 50 or 100 Padjadjaran Kartini to show that they can be found at every level in Unpad,” said Aulia.
In alphabetic order, the 10 Padjadjaran Kartini according to the Directorate of Public Governance and Communication are as follows:
1. Anisa Ulfatu, S.T.
Anisa is the Educational Laboratory Technician of the Sedimentology Laboratory at the Unpad Faculty of Geological Engineering. Her research on the age of rocks in the Halang Formation in Banyumas has brought Anisa Ulfatu, S.T., to international acclaim, namely being chosen as one of the best presenters at the 2018 International Conference on Geosciences (ICG), in Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on December 2018.
Anisa was chosen to receive the award for her research entitled “Foraminifera Biostratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the Halang Formation in the Pasir River Succession, Banyumas, Central Java (Paleontology)”.
2. Annisa Dewi Nugrahani
During the 2019 Universitas Padjadjaran Selection of Outstanding Student (Pemilihan Mahasiswa Berprestasi), Annisa Dewi Nugrahani was chosen as the first-place winner and ready to represent Unpad at the national level. Previously, she had achieved various achievements and awards at the national and international levels, including placing first in the Online Social Campaign “World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) AMSA-International”.
Annisa was also selected as an ambassador for the 2019 Warsaw International Medical Congress (WIMC) for Indonesia. Several of her scientific works have also been published in national and international journals.
3. Prof. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, S.E., M.A., Ph.D.
A professor of the Unpad Faculty of Economics and Business, Prof. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, S.E., M.A., Ph.D, once served as the State Minister of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia/Head of the National Development Planning Agency from 2009-2014.
Her work in coordinating the concepts of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needs not to be doubted. Due to her efforts, on September 2018, Prof. Armida was appointed as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP).
4. Dian Masyita, M.T., Ph.D.
In the world of Islamic economics and finance in Indonesia and the world, Dian Masyita, M.T., Ph.D., a lecturer at the Unpad Faculty of Economics and Business, has become one of the figures to be proud of.
Dian has been deemed one of the 50 most influential female figures in the field of Islamic Finance in the world from the British financial analysis institute, Cambridge IFA, in 2018.
5. Dr. Ida Nurlinda, SH., MH.
At present, the position of Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of Universitas Padjadjaran is held by Prof. Dr. Ida Nurlinda, SH., MH. This professor from the Unpad Faculty of Law has served as Dean of the faculty from 2009 – 2013. Aside from being Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, Prof.
Aside from being Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Ida also serves as Chair of the Center for Environmental and Spatial Planning Law Studies at Unpad Faculty of Law and as an expert staff of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK). In her academic field, Prof. Ida has a strong interest in the field of agrarian law.
6. Keri Lestari, M.Sc., Apt.
Various studies on the treatment of diabetes mellitus have been conducted by Unpad Faculty of Pharmacy lecturer, Dr. Keri Lestari, M.Sc., Apt. One of the products that have resulted from her research is “Teh Dia” (Dia Tea), a beverage made from stevia leaves that is safe to consume for people with diabetes. This drink has the potential to control blood sugar levels, so that it has the potential to be an antidiabetic.
Currently, Dr. Keri also serves as the Vice Rector for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, Innovation, and Business. Previously, Dr. Keri has served as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy from 2014-2015.
7. Prof. Ir. Mega Fatimah Rosana, M.Sc., PhD.
A professor of the Unpad Faculty of Geological Engineering, Prof. Ir. Mega Fatimah Rosana, M.Sc., PhD is one of the important figures behind the establishment of the Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark in becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark. This can be attributed to the fact that for more than 13 years, Prof. Mega has conducted research in the Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu area. Currently, Prof. Mega is serving as Head of the Unpad Geoparks and Geohazards Research Center.
8. Popy Rufaidah, M.B.A., Ph.D.
In 2018, lecturer at the Unpad Faculty of Economics and Business, Dra. Popy Rufaidah, M.B.A., Ph.D. was elected as the Education and Culture Attaché at the Republic of Indonesia Embassy Office in Washington D.C., United States.
An Unpad management expert, she also won three international awards at the 2018 “15th World Congress of Academy for Global Business for Advancement (AGBA)”. The three awards are as follows: AGBA Distinguished Scholar, AGBA Best Paper Award, and AGBA Best Paper Undergraduate Research Paper Award.
9. Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, S.E., M.SIE.
As of April 2019, Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, S.E., M.SI was assigned as Acting Rector of Universitas Padjadjaran. Her previous structural position at Unpad was Vice Rector for Planning, Finance, and Information Systems from 2012-2015.
She also served as Assistant Rector for General Administration and Finance (2009-2012), Academic Secretary of Unpad’s Business Management Doctoral Program (2007-2009), Head of the Unpad Economics and Development Studies Program (2003-2007), and Head of the Unpad Center for Economics and Development Studies (2002-2003).
Currently a professor of the Unpad Faculty of Economics and Business, she also serves as Secretary of the Director General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Ministry of Research and Technology. In the field of economics, Prof. Rina is an expert in industrial and banking economics.
10. Prof. Rovina Ruslami, dr., Sp.PD, Ph.D.
Prof. Rovina Ruslami, dr., Sp.PD, PhD has been conducting various studies on tuberculosis (TB) for more than 14 years. The distinguished Professor of the Unpad Faculty of Medicine has also found a way to reduce the mortality rate of TB meningitis, a form of tuberculosis which attacks the brain membrane. For her dedication, Prof. Rovina received the “Habibie Award” for the field of medical science in November 2018. *
Reported by Artanti Hendriyana and Arief Maulana | Translated by Shabrina Maharani
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