Universitas Gadjah Mada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Embassy of Hungary in Indonesia and the Indonesian Engineers Association (PII) to allow polytechnic students and graduates to undertake vocational training and internships in Hungary, Friday (23/7). Among the representatives attending the occasion were Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Judit Pach, UGM Rector Professor Panut Mulyono, Chair of PII Heru Dewanto, and Dean of UGM Vocational College Agus Maryono. Previously, Indonesia and Hungary agreed to cooperate in vocational training and education in 2019.
Professor Panut highlighted the importance of overseas internships for polytechnic students. Hands-on experience in the industry would improve student capacity and skills. He hopes, through the opportunity, students would acquire the ability to survive abroad, expand their horizons, and enhance their competencies. As one of the leading institutions in Indonesia that provides applied education, UGM strives to facilitate students with global opportunities similar to this one.
“We thank the Embassy of Hungary in Indonesia for supporting the learning process of our students,” said Panut.
Additionally, Agus Maryono said cooperation with Hungary provided benefits for students in many ways. Students would have the opportunity to engage with professionals in the Hungarian industry, where a clear and comprehensive practical learning system was applied. Hungary was also home to many large-scale industries, enabling students to learn as much as they could in an international environment directly. Its industrial climate was also compatible with the curriculum provided by the UGM Vocational College.
He added that vocational students at UGM would have fieldwork placement once they entered the fourth semester and reached the final year of studies. Other semesters would require students to attend classes for theoretical learning. The UGM Vocational College also allowed students to submit their internship reports as a final project with supervisors from the faculty and company.
“Our curriculum gives students plenty of time to be involved in the industry. While doing an internship, they can proceed with the final project too,” said Agus.