Be knowledgiastic! – ASPBAE President Robbie Guevara blogs about his visit to the University of Gadjah Mada

I hope that my auto correct will keep the spelling of the title of my blog today.  This word was created by Rajesh Tandon to describe the combination of attitudes (Enthusiastic, Active and Encourage) we need to have to learning, specifically in the context of higher education, if we are to achieve knowledge driven social change.

At the heart of the three presentations we had today at the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) was the need for the universities not just to change their pedagogy, not just to prepare students to be lifelong learners who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing contexts, but to transform themselves. This can be facilitated by a holistic engagement strategy that encompasses a scholarship of engagement,  community engagement, and transforming to an engaged institution.

Heribert Hinzen expanded the range of engagement to encompass not only the local but to be globally engaged. This complemented the presentation of Dr Aziz Purwanto of an innovative pedagogy that transforms Teacher-Centered Learning to more Student-Centred Learning based on local wisdom.

I think as civil society organizations our advocacies do not only need to transform local,  national, or global policies, but to advocate to transform university policies and institutions to be partners in the production,  dissemination, and renewal of knowledge towards addressing the need for quality education for sustainability.


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