Vocational School Universitas Gadjah Mada collaborating with Seamanship Polytechnics held a National Seminar on Applied Technology (Indonesian acronym: SNTT) 2017 on Saturday (11/11). The seminar was a forum which gathered stakeholders, academicians, practitioners, industries, and government as the regulator. In the forum, the stakeholders share information regarding applied research, experiences, and ideas which are systematically written in the form of a scientific journal. This annual forum is routinely held since 2013 where it is utilized by academicians and researchers to disseminate their research results before being implemented for community and industry.
The event was entitled Building Synergy in Vocational Education to Create Resilient and Professional Human Resources for Better Indonesia. It presented Prof. Dr. Muhammad Dimyati (Directorate General of Research and Development in Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education), as well as Yudo Irianto, S.E., M.M., Senior Vice President for Human Resources of PT. Pertamina as keynote speakers.
In the seminar, Dimyati said Vocational School UGM has to have products with certain values to encourage the research in Indonesia. Dimyati said the products have to fulfill the national standard for research. “Not many universities produce qualified research. I hope Vocational School UGM is one of them,” said Dimyati.
On the other hand, Yudo emphasized currently the world has changed significantly. Yudo invited all the participants to build the students’ learning skill with a strong foundation and are required to keep up with the times. “This can be done by making them join the industry. They will feel the gap and find the solution,” said Yudo.
In line with Yudo’s statement, Head of Navy sub-directorate in Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Capt. H. Wisnu Handoko, M.Sc., said Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world which has potential to be the axis of maritime in the world. In order to encourage the five pillars of the world maritime center, it requires professional human resources.
“Let us realize the ideals and agendas of President Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla government in the 21st century. Indonesia will become the axis of the world maritime, the power that sails two oceans as a prosperous and authoritative nautical nation,” said Wisnu.