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Indonesian University Honors German-Born Priest


One of Indonesia’s most seasoned universities has honored a German-born Jesuit, Father Franz Magnis-Suseno, for his “huge contribution” to the study of philosophy in the nation.

Indonesian university honors German-based Priest

The state-run Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, gave award to the priest on Oct. 21 as a major aspect of festivities to mark the philosophy faculty’s 50th anniversary.

‘This award is given to recognize and to honor Father Magnis-Suseno’s dedication, contribution and positive manipulation on the introduction and development of the study of philosophy,” dean of the university’s philosophy faculty Arqom Kuswanjono said.

Father Magnis-Suseno, 81, has composed 39 books and around 600 articles chiefly on morals, rationality and Indonesian culture.

One of his books is Etika Jawa: Sebuah Analisa Falsafi tentang Kebijaksanaan Hidup Jawa (Javanese Ethics: An Analysis of the Javanese Philosophy of Life).

He is an emeritus educator at the Jesuit-run Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, where he was additionally minister from 1988 to 1998 and a previous Director of Postgraduate Studies.

He was born in 1936, moved to Indonesia in 1961 and got citizenship in 1977. He has likewise been effectively occupied with interreligious discourse.

Moreover in November 2016, he was granted the Matteo Ricci International Prize from the Universita Catholic del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) in Milan, Italy, for his dedication in advancing interreligious discourse in the nation.

In August 2015, he got the Bintang Mahaputera Medal from President Joko Widodo for his scholarly contribution towards national improvement.