Alhamdulillah, it was a great day, an honor for the Department of Geography Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Yogyakarta State University on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 received a visit from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Guest lecture or stadium general is a step to give international experience for students towards the World Class University agenda. Located in Ki Hajar Dewantara Room, lecturer from UQ filled by Dr. Sonia Roitman, majoring Development Planning, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management and attended by hundreds of students across geography class. As you know, I ever meet her in Brisbane when I joined homestay programme for three weks. The morning lecture begins 09.00 am with an interesting topic "Current challenges of development planning in the cities of the Global South". Global South here are the countries that pertained still growing like Indonesia, India, various countries in Africa, and the average is in the southern hemisphere. Lecturer who graduated his doctorate at University College London has expressed the 6 challenges currently faced by each city on the move :
1. Urbanisation and growth
2. Poverty and social inequalities
3. Social diversity and citizenship
4. Urban sustainability and disaster management
5. Planning and local governance
6. Planner’s values and attitudes
As we knew that Yogyakarta was the center of education, culture, tourism, etc. It has been a long process so people from all provinces come to this special province and couldn’t escaped urbanization and growth. The second one, powerty and social inequalities still happened in the face of the city. ‘The message is that rising inequality is dangerous. It’s bad for growth and it’s bad for governance. We see a concentration of wealth capturing power and leaving ordinary people voiceless and their interests uncared for’ (Winnie Byanyima, Exec Dir. Oxfam International, Guardian, 19 January 2015). Yogyakarta also known as the small of Indonesia because it has social diversity in many aspects such as religion, culture, ethnics, etc.