Airlangga Forum Podcast: Waqf, One of The Way of Improving Human Resource Quality

Human resource role is the most important part in making the civilization. If there are some parts in the societies which cannot access the well-quality education, then the human resource will also get left behind. To access the well-quality education needs high expenses. Not only it depends on the state budget (APBN) and the students themselves, but the universities also have to maximally look for the funding chances. Undang-Undang Number 12 year 2012 states several things related to the universities administration in Indonesia. One of those is stated on article 84 verse 2 explains about funding sources in universities that can be obtained from the societies, and on point (b) shows about the funding from waqf itself.

There are some state universities in Indonesia which have applied the concept of waqf for education. The first state university which becomes the waqf nadzir is Universitas Airlangga that has got the Decision Letter of Waqf Nadzir from Indonesia Waqf Organization. To socialize and explain the benefits of waqf in educational field, Postgraduate School Universitas Airlangga held its fourth edition of Airlangga Forum on Friday (4/12) entitled “Zakat and Waqf for World Civilization” and moderated by Dr. Prawitra Thalib, SH., M.H.

Dr. Irham Zaki, SAg., MEI described that the productive waqf was firstly proposed by The Management of Social Funding Center (PUSPAS) Universitas Airlangga Surabaya, one of the work-units which collects, manages, and distributes the social funding.

Other than that, Dr. Wisudanto, SE., MM., CFP, the head of PUSPAS Universitas Airlangga, explains some products to support the productive waqfs, such as Griya Khodijah and Gerakan Wakaf Seribu involving youngsters to do waqf together. The waqfs that have been distributed suitable with their use, either in affiliated to Universitas Airlangga or not, are scholarship programs, wheelchair support, and compensation to 1000 orphans. The Director of Postgraduate School Universitas Airlangga, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, SE., MBA., Ph.D. stated that since the amendment of Undang-Undang Dasar 1945, the government has allocated the state budget for about 20% for educational field. However, most of the budgets are used for elementary school and middle high school needs. Meanwhile, the budget for universities is only around 9-10%.

In fact, the total numbers of university which are managed by the Ministry of Education and Culture are 4200 universities. The budget is absolutely insufficient to facilitate the education and researches. Therefore, he mentioned the alternative funding by waqf which is truly proper with the surrounding in Indonesia with the highest Moslem population for about 87,2%. If one moslem can give his income for 10.000 rupiahs each day, then it will get for about 879,2 trillions. This can be a potency for universities to get the quality that is expected so that the purpose to improve the world civilization can also be achieved.