Improving the Quality of Vocational Education, Applied Undergraduate Study Program of Unpad Competes with its Curriculum Innovation

[unpad.ac.id, 4/9/2019] To improve the quality of their undergraduate study programs, Universitas Padjadjaran held the Curriculum Design Challenge Day (CDCD) 2019. A total of six applied undergraduate study programs of Unpad were selected as finalists to present their curriculum design in Joint Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor campus, on Wednesday (4/9).

Three 2019 judges while giving presentations during the 2019 Curriculum Design Challenge Day (CDCD), attended by a number of Applied Undergraduate study programs at Unpad, held in the Joint Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor campus, on Wednesday (4/9).  (Photo: Arief Maulana) *

“Actually there are 13 applied undergraduate study programs that we invited.  Based on the results of the selection, there are six study programs that qualified for the final today,” said the Unpad Director of Education and Student Affairs Prof.  Dr.  Wawan Hermawan, M.S.

This activity was opened by the Acting Rector of Unpad, Prof.  Dr.  Rina Indiastuti, S.E., M.SIE.  Prof.  Rina explained that currently the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia is revitalizing vocational education, including applied bachelors.  Therefore, the vocational education process at Unpad must also have good quality educational activities.

Prof.  Rina said that the vocational program should be able to produce skillful graduates according to the expertise promised by the study program. Vocational education graduates are expected to be able to immediately work or create jobs.

“So of course we hope that there are no graduates from undergraduate or applied vocational programs who couldn’t get a job once they graduate.  It’s even better if they get one before graduating,” said Prof. Rina.

In addition, vocational education graduates are also expected to be able to contribute directly to the national industry and development, especially West Java.  Prof.  Rina hopes that Unpad vocational education can have factories/workshops/mini workshops that will not only be used to improve student skills, but also to produce value-added products or services that can be useful in improving the local economy, especially West Java.

“So we will actually dedicate, our applied bachelor school to develop West Java,” hoped Prof.  Rina.

During that event, Prof.  Rina revealed that Unpad also seeks to develop international standard vocational education.  The final target is to make this study program a place of education as well as training for students and the general public with certification.

“So it will become a center for the certification of skills in accordance with the KKNI that has been set,” said Prof.  Rina.

In the 2019 CDCD activity, in addition to being given a curriculum design challenge, the participants also received inspiration and evaluation from the judges as well as speakers who were present, relating to developing the quality of the implementation of applied undergraduate education.  The judges were Wikan Sakarinto, S.T.  from Universitas Gadjah Mada, M.Sc., Ph.D., Dr.  K. Paula Santi Rudanti, M.Si. from Politeknik Bandung, and Marwansyah, S.E.  M.Si., Ph.D from Bandung Polytechnic.

The six study programs that became finalists were D-IV Taxation Accounting, D-IV International Business, D-IV Digital Marketing, D-IV Maritime Tourism, D-IV Government Administration, and D-IV Midwifery. On this occasion, each head of study program presented their curriculum design before the judges.

“From the six study programs, we choose the best that is expected to become the ultimate model of the development of the Applied Bachelor in Universitas Padjadjaran,” hoped Prof.  Wawan.

In the 2019 CDCD activity, the Tax Accounting D-IV study program won the championship. *

Reported by Artanti Hendriyana and Fitri Fairuza

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