Be global minded and humanistic

OPINION
By DR. DJUWARI SARKAWI
October 7, 2020

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus (Martin Luther King Jr.: 1929-1968)

THE quote above was stated by Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated after he struggled for civil human rights through nonviolence. In that story of his life, it implies that world peace based on human rights is very expensive “to pay.”

Therefore, we can now struggle for the same purpose but with another mode. An intellectual is part of this effort. So, don’t be too egoistic, just for searching of your own best achievement. Contemplate something beyond that endeavor, my dear friends: the world intellectuals!

Please build a mutual collaboration among us! Don’t think only one purpose: just to get an accredited status of a university faculty. Truly, humbly, and honestly, that purpose is a tiny thing of the world nations’ wisdom.

Being global-minded is required today. It is entirely true for—very specifically—the intellectuals. The Silicon Valley Project Management in Japan, for example, defines a person being global-minded. A global minded person is someone who behaves as if they are a citizen of the world as well as a citizen of their home country.

Based on that definition, being a global-minded person has several benefits. When they are intellectuals they will become broad-minded. They don’t think that they are the smartest. They won’t think that they are the best. Having recognized the world view, they become humble. It is being humble not only in their own position but also their way to react to other people.

Why do we have to enhance our nation to be global-minded? Even we can start fostering global-mindedness from the children. By building the nation to be global-minded, we can lead them into more activities. Children, youths, and even adults can collaborate. They can compete. But, above all, they can contribute to the nations’ collective future.

One of the examples of doing things globally is collaborating. My college, for example, STIE Perbanas Surabaya, has collaborated with the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), Bontoc, the Philippines. We have student exchange and faculty exchange. The first one was held on April 4-12, 2019.

In the program of student exchange, we had sent our students to MPSPC Bontoc, the Philippines. We had seen the students exchanging their ideas. They discussed the topics not only about sciences but also about cultures. They learned a lot each other about their own and others’ cultures. By doing this, they could build warm relationship. Now, they are still having a good relationship, chatting by the social media.

Besides collaboration, students can also compete in research dissemination. We held a seminar session with them. They presented their results of research and discussed all the topics. They were evaluated to get the winners. This is really a good opportunity. We teach them to compete in a positive way: enhancing the exchange of ideas on science they learn.

The broader impact of collaboration is building the collective future of the nation. So far, the students have still communicated each other after the post collaboration. Therefore, besides wisdom, we can instill humanistic attitude. Building a networking among the world nations like that is one of the examples. It is good for making the collective future of the nations. The utmost goal of this is for the world peace.

Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).


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