Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., IPU, ASEAN Eng, and Dean of Vocational School, Wikan Sakarinto, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D., did a groundbreaking for the construction of Teaching Industry Learning Center (TILC) at the School. The building is a facility to implement Teaching Industry and realisation of Link & Match concept.
The 8-floor building will serve as a research centre for students of the Vocational School. It is scheduled to be completed in one year.
“Students and lecturers of the School will eventually be able to make a product that can be downstreamed for the wider public. It’s possible that others can also do research at the TILC building,” said Wikan Sakarinto in Sleman on Friday (29/11).
He explained the building would be a major step for the School to achieve the dream of advancing Indonesia to have excellent human resources. “Our vision and dream is to enhance UGM, making this building as the centre for downstreaming the applicable research at UGM,” he said.
Wikan explained the first floor would serve as an expo of innovative products. The second floor would have classrooms and ballroom for 500 people. The third floor would be for the deans and managers. The 4, 5, 6 and 7 floors would be a centre of excellence.
Rector Panut Mulyono hoped the construction of new buildings at UGM, including the TILC, would support UGM in its role to give contributions to society and the nation with the spirit of entrepreneurship. The funds for the construction are from JICA loans.
“In its role, UGM not only produces excellent and educated workers, but also downstreams research products that are needed by society,” he said.
Vocational School UGM became the front-guard of research downstreaming from students and lecturers. Hence, many products made in Indonesia can be produced from UGM. “In this way we can meet our own needs by the research from the Vocational School,” he said.