UIN campus is unique. Geographically, it stays at South Tangerang, province of Banten. Administratively, the campus has “Jakarta” name in it. Formerly, the campus of UIN Jakarta is located in Tangerang, West Java. After Banten became a separate province in 2000, UIN Jakarta is now located in the province of Banten.

Based upon the cantonal, UIN Jakarta until now “has” three governors: Jakarta, Banten and West Java. In some occasions, UIN Jakarta invites the governors of the three provinces to visit and stay in touch with the campus.

According to the record, the former Rector of UIN Jakarta, Prof Dr. Komarudin Hidayat, two governors were invited. They are the governor of Banten, Ratu Atut Chosiyah (2007) and the governor of DKI Jakarta, Joko Widodo (2013). Both of them were invited to give halal bi halal speech. The current Rector, Prof Dr. Dede Rosyada invites another two governors, Rano Karno (2015) and Ahmad Heryawan (2016).

It is quite reasonable to invite the governor of Jakarta because the “Jakarta” name is already attached to UIN, formerly Akademi Dinas Ilmu Agama (ADIA) and changed to Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN). It means, the campus of UIN has become the property of Jakarta, morally or emotionally. And UIN Jakarta still contributes to the advancement of the region.  As well as when inviting the governor of Banten, because the campus of UIN Jakarta now stands in Banten province.

How about the governor of West Java? Historically, before Banten become the separate province, the area now occupied by UIN Jakarta is the part of West Java. The emotional bond between UIN Jakarta and West Java provincial government is still attached due to the history of “Wisma Kertamukti” on campus 2, Jalan Kertamukti or formerly known as the Jalan Pemda, in Cireundeu, East Ciputat. Because of that, the bond between UIN Jakarta and West Java provincial government can not be removed, either geographically or historically.

Like humans, each province is like a foster father for UIN Jakarta.  It is natural that UIN Jakarta, in a variety of significant event, often invites the governor of each province. Not only governor who was invited to the campus but also their deputies. Such as Deputy Governor of West Java, Dede Yusuf (2008) and Deputy Governor of Banten Rano Karno (2014). (ika p/njs/ns/umar)

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