UM-Malang. Village development requires participatory planning from various parties, including universities. One of them, UM. That was conveyed by the Minister of Villages for Disadvantaged Areas and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia Drs Abdul Halim Iskandar MPd, when he was the speaker of the webinar "Building a Village, Building a Nation", which was held by the Institute for Research and Community Service (LP2M) State University of Malang (UM), Monday (29 / 6). An important point is an indicator of village development, which is related to community empowerment and village economic resilience. According to him, these two points should be the focus of attention in carrying out the planning and development process in the village.
So far, UM has carried out assistance in the target villages, as in the Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi. LP2M UM also has 10 service study centers to realize Mendes PDTT programs. Even recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, 4,430 KKN UM students carried out a program to utilize 340 villages, the place of origin of each student.
UM Chancellor Prof. Dr. AH Rofi'uddin MPd and Head of the Community and Village Empowerment Service of East Java Province, Ir Mohammad Yasin, were also presenters. The webinar was hosted by the Secretary of LP2M UM, Dr. Ahmad Munjin Nasih Mag. 745 participants from various university leaders, lecturers, practitioners, village heads, and students enthusiastically participated in the webinar.