President Jokowi Lays the First Stone for the Construction of Indonesia International Islamic University
Date 5 Juni 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla started the construction of Indonesia International Islamic University (UIII) by laying the first stone, at Radio Republic Indonesia (RRI) Transmitter Building Cimanggis, Depok City, West Java Province, Tuesday (5/6).
In his remarks, President Jokowi said that the university construction plan has been finalized in two years. Initially, the President hoped the campus could be established on an area of more than 1,000 hectares, but only 142 hectares obtained.
The President expresses his hopes that UIII will become the center of study and research of Islamic civilization in Indonesia because this country is known as a big country with the largest Muslim population in the world.
Indonesia should be a reference for the progress of Islamic civilization in the world and this is where it will be, Jokowi said.
The construction itself, according to the President, costs Rp3.5 trillion and is included in the National Strategic Project (PSN). This year, the project will start with a budget of Rp700 billion and is expected to be completed approximately in four years.
Next year, inshallah (God willing) we can use this campus for one to three courses that we have prepared, President Jokowi said and then closed the event by laying the first stone of UIII construction.
Also attending the event were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Minister of Research and Technology and Higher Education Mohammad Nasir, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris, and several Ambassadors of friendly countries. (DNA/ES) (GWH/MMB/Naster)