The Center for Population and Policy Studies (CPPS) of Gadjah Mada University has reached its forty year of operation. The Center that belongs to its parent institution, Gadjah Mada University, was established on April 1, 1973 and called Population Institute and the name was changed several times. In 2001 the name was changed into Center for Population and Policy Studies and no more changes happened to date. The current name is chosen to respond the developing issues with multi-disciplinary perspective through research, education, training, and advocacy it carries out.
We are all familiar with “Life begins at forty” maxim, which means that life has nothing to do with age if we want to excel. Forty years of age is not an excuse to excel, instead it is the time to reach higher. It is no exception for the CPPS who reaches its 40 years of age this year to pursue higher achievements. What have been previously achieved serve as a foundation for the next achievements. In their forty years of age, the members of CPPS agree to realize the vision of “Becoming National Source of Population Policy References.” This vision is not just a dream but a reachable reality because the Center has the potentials and opportunity to make it real. During its four decades of age CPPS has experienced ups and downs. Challenges and obstacles confront it, especially because its life is not dependent on government funds. CPPS survives because of cold hands of its founders and seniors who provide basic philosophy to its organizational and management process. Besides, the cold hands of its researchers and research assistants supported by non-educational staff members who have dedicated themselves for years to this Center prove that CPPS exists because of their roles.
I realize that pursuing this CPPS dream is not an easy job. Various strategies need to be created to achieve it. In an outline, the strategies are developed to cultivate academic values on the one hand and to ensure CPPS’s survival as a research institution on the other hand. Both strategies are two sides of the same coin and that they deserve equal attention. Some of these strategies are managing the organization and management based on good governance principles, strengthening human resource, enhancing networking and publications, and improving members’ well-beings. Various steps have been taken to implement these strategies, beginning with arranging a more modern institutional and human resource management, and encouraging and providing supports to the researchers, research assistances, and non-educational staff members. I know these strategies are far from easy to implement and there will be a lot of hindrance throughout the process, but I have a principle that if we shall to win that dream, the train of change must be driven and leaves those who cannot catch up.
The “Research for Education and Community Services” slogan is part of building values and creating research climate in the Center. The core business of CPPS is research, but the utilization of its products is for education and advocacy in broader sense. CPPS has utilized research to these ends by developing master and doctoral programs on Policy Studies since 2004. CPPS’ research products have also been applied for community development through various forms of services and various forms of policy advocacies provided to government agencies, civil society groups, as well as private agencies through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program. This year CPPS starts to re-strengthen a number of trainings relevant to its core business.
The readers will be invited to explore and get to know CPPS through brief history of its potentials, including its human resource, organization and management, and facilities and other potential supports. The readers will also be invited to explore its activities and their products in forms of research, education, training, advocacy, and other public services. Moreover, how CPPS build networking with different institutions—local and international, government, non-government and private—will also be presented. Finally, I wish to sincerely thank all CPPS members, including the researchers, research assistances, and non-educational staff members who have dedicated themselves in the joint efforts of research to promote education and invigorate services for our nation and wider society. I also wish that this book will be useful for those who wish to get to know CPPS better. Thank you. 
Dr. Agus Heruanto Hadna