Breaking the Fasting Together: MoU Between UNP and Pemko Payakumbuh along with General Lecture with Prof. Azyumardi were held
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Padang—Universitas Negeri Padang held a breaking the fasting together and presenting the Mayor of Payakumbuh, Riza Falepi for signing an MoU and general lecture with Prof. Azyumardi Azra as the Islāmic Historian at Auditorium UNP on Wednesday (May 17, 2019). The breaking fasting together also attended by the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri, Ph.D, vice rector, senate, lectures, partners and academics of Universitas Negeri Padang. 

“The moment of Breaking fasting together is the right moment for strengthen the friendship, although not all is invited to this event because a limited place and hopefully blessing for all academics of Universitas Negeri Padang,” said Prof. Ganefri, Ph.D. Furthermore, Rector of UNP explained that the MoU will focus on developing education and opening special classes for Minang culinary studying programs in Payakumbuh.

"We really appreciate Payakumbuh because it has declared itself as a culinary city especially randang."We are interested in strengthening and developing the central concept of the rendang by opening a culinary study program or special cooking system for special Minang foods," said Prof. Ganefri. He said that in the future, there will also be vocational study program in Payakumbuh as a follow-up to this MoU. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Payakumbuh expressed his gratitude to rector and all academicians of UNP for being given the opportunity to develop culinary education or vocational education in Payakumbuh.

"It is an honour for us with the willingness of UNP through the rector and professors to open the Minang culinary study program in Payakumbuh. This certainly supports the central existence of randang as well as branding Payakumbuh as The City of Randang", said Mayor of Payakumbuh, Riza. He also said that the branding of Payakumbuh as The City of randang is an effort of the government to create something unique and has implications for increasing the growth economy and welfare of the citizen of Payakumbuh.

"The Payakumbuh economic growth is actually above six percent, including the highest in West Sumatra, but we are not necessarily satisfied. Furthermore, we must create something unique that will bring people to Payakumbuh”, said Riza Falepi.

Riza said that “Rebranding of Payakumbuh as the City of Rendang with the centre and random villages as one of the uniqueness’s of Payakumbuh. The mayor of Payakumbuh are very grateful for the willingness of Rector of UNP to help the strengthen of the uniqueness of Payakumbuh city through the cooperation. Furthermore, after the remarks of the Mayor of Payakumbuh accompanied by Vice Mayor Erwin Yunaz, the MoU was signed or a joint agreement with the Rector of Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP). The MoU concerning Education and Teaching, Research and Development, Community Service and Human Resource Development in Government Activities Programs. The signing of the MoU is part of the open activity with the academic community of Universitas Negeri Padang. The vice mayor of Payakumbuh, Assistant III Amriyul Dt. Karayiang, Head of BAPPEDA, Ifon Santria, Head of Department Education represented by Secretary, Dasril, Head of Department of KOMINFO represented by Public Relation, Irwam Suwandi at Auditorium UNP. 

The signing of MoU also witnessed by the former of Rector of UIN, Syarif Hidayatullah, speaker of Public lecture, Prof. Azyumadi Azra, the former of Rector of UNP Prof. Z. Mawardi, the former of Vice Rector UMSB, Prof. Sofyan Karim, Teacher, Lectures and officials in Universitas Negeri Padang. Meanwhile, Prof. Azyumadi Azra also reviews about Islamic education which has undergone a renewal with the existence of Islamic Education Systems and Institution becoming a more professional. He also stated the requirement for modern Islamic education must have a rationality, democratic and tolerant. (Public Relations of UNP).