Angelo Abil Wijaya, International Relations students of Universitas Gadjah Mada, has become the third Most Outstanding Students at the national level in 2018.
The event was run by Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education in Solo, Central Java, from 9-12 July 2018 and joined by 26 finalists in two categories, undergraduate and diploma.
UGM sent two students to both categories, Angelo Abil Wijaya from undergraduate program, and Lutfiana Paseban Jati from diploma programme.
Angelo has been named as the third winner of the undergraduate category after a long selection process. Previously, he had to compete with 16 other finalists from Indonesian universities. This year as many as 252 students joined the event, consisting of 142 from undergraduate programme and 110 diploma programme.
“The students have been selected through preliminary stages which resulted in 26 finalists, comprising 17 undergraduate students and 9 diploma students,” he said recently.
Angelo said the outstanding student selection this year was themed Competitive and Character Human Resource ahead of Industry 4.0. Angelo wrote a paper titled High School Curriculum Optimisation to Meet Manpower Demand in Industry 4.0.
He opined that Indonesia’s education currently has not been able to meet the industrial revolution demands, especially in secondary level education. He saw there needs to be adjustment to be made in the curriculum and teaching. He suggested the implementation of case study, simulation for problem solving, and monitoring of development. He also asked the government to better prepare the teacher and school in the implementation of curriculum 2013. Further he mentioned the importance of preparing the young generation for Industry 4.0.
Angelo commented he was thankful to be the winner of the national competition. He said this was not apart from his hard work and support from lecturers and UGM.
“Thanks to everyone that has supported me to be where I am now. This achievement is not the end of my journey, but the start to do more beneficial things to society,” he said.
Angelo is a student that has often received awards at the national, regional, and international levels. These include Write to China 2018 competition, first winner of Indonesian Foreign Policy Review 2017, Outstanding Delegate in Malaysian Model United Nations 2018, Best Delegate in Chulalongkorn Model United Nations 2018, Most Diplomatic Award in ASEAN Foundation’s Model ASEAN Meeting 2017, Best Delegate in Monash Model United Nations 2017, Best Delegate in United Nations Habitat Simulation 2017 and more.