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Examining Governance: Achmad Nurmandi Officially Becomes a Professor of UMY

Dr. Achmad Nurmandi, M.Sc. was officially inaugurated as a Professor of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). The inauguration was held at the Open Senate Meeting of UMY in A.R. Fachruddin Building. Prof. Dr. Achmad Nurmandi is a professor of Governmental Studies, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

To gain the tittle of professor, he conducted a research entitled Disorganized and Fragmented Governance: How Does Muhammadiyah’s Collective Action Perspectives on Amanah Governance.  It discussed problems of governance in general that occur in all countries. “The recent issues on capacity of governmental organizations in the world is how to solve complicated problems that involve a lot of multi levels, actors, and sectors,” stated Nurmandi.

The problems dealing with environment, unemployment, security, crime, homeless people, poverty and border issues also frequently become the headline because it was hard to be solved. “Indeed, the problems faced by the government frequently go beyond administrative, regional and organizational boundaries, and rigid administrative procedures because they involve multi-level, multi-actor and multi-sector actors,” he explained.

Nurmandi added that to cope with the problem there should be collective-one goal direction, for example through Muhammadiyah’s perspective on politics. According to Nurmandi, when Muhammadiyah members contradict one another to make a decision, an institutional logic should be upheld, namely religious and social functions. “This makes Muhammadiyah uninvolved in the election actively. This good act in prioritizing religious and social functions should be able to transform into daily government activities,” he conveyed.

Muhammadiyah’s good act could also be implemented by the government in achieving an amanah (trusted) government. Based on the theory proposed by Nurmandi in his research, a trusted government is a government consisting of public trust, trusted leadership and collective action (Amanah Governance = F (Trust + Leadership + Collective Action)). For instance, Muhammadiyah ideology in electing a leader is based on the society, not personal interests. The members nominate a leader candidate based on his/her reputations, credentials, and trustworthiness.

“Trustworthy leadership is a leader who can fulfill his mandate, does not betray the authority of his leadership, can uphold justice, law and truth, can cooperate in goodness and piety, and do not conspire to commit sin and hostility. Furthermore, collective action engaging a number of parties by a trustworthy persons in universities, professional consulting agencies, as well as other elements of society is a necessity to support the amanah government. Therefore, according to my research, the most central aspect is to uphold transparency, honesty and respect for each other. I intend this research to contribute to thoughts of Indonesian government,” ended Nurmandi.

In addition, Prof. Dr. Achmad Nurmandi is the sixth professor of UMY besides Prof. Dr. H. Yunahar Ilyas, Lc., M. Ag, Prof. Dr. H. Tulus Warsito, M.Si, Prof. Dr. Bambang Cipto, MA, Prof. Dr. Heru Kurnianto Tjahjono, and Prof. Dr. Agus Setyo Muntohar, S.T., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D. UMY also has 7 Professors with special identification numbers (NIDK), namely Prof. Dr. Siswoyo Haryono, MM, Mpd, Prof. Dr. Hj. Ismijati Jenie, S.H., C.N, Prof. Dr. Siti Nurdjanah, M.Kes, Sp.PD., K.GEH, Prof. Dr. Purnomo Suryantoro, DTMH, Sp.A (K), Ph.D., FRCP, Prof. Dr. Dr. Mochammad Sya’bani, M.Med., Sc., Sp.PD.KGH, Prof. Dr. Dr. H. Soewito, Sp.THT (K), and Prof. Dr. Sri Kadarsih, M.Sc., AIFM, Ph.D.

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