[unpad.ac.id, 4/3/2019] Director of PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin reminded the academic community of Universitas Padjadjaran to be ready to face the era of Industry 4.0. The fourth industrial revolution has already penetrated into various industrial fields in Indonesia, said Awaluddin.
“Now is the right time to prepare yourself. Because there is no other choice,” said Awaluddin while giving a general lecture as part of the BUMN Managing Director General Lecture Series, which was held at Bale Sawala, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor, Monday (4/3).
The industrial revolution 4.0 era has encouraged the adoption of technology to various aspects of industry. In this era, humans no longer play a role as carriages, but as the locomotives of the technological disruption. This is because in part, human work will be replaced by technology.
Although technology is the basis of this era, Awaluddin asked students not to be afraid to face it. “Don’t be afraid because it will disrupt us. My advice is to visit, study, deepen your understanding, take it seriously and understand that this is a new field that must be mastered,” instructed Awaluddin.
An alumnus of the Unpad Business Management Doctoral program, Awaluddin said that universities must also prepare themselves to face the era of the 4.0 industrial revolution. In this era, the needs of industry require special fields of expertise. This is what encourages universities to create specific scholarly fields as opposed to general knowledge.
Collaboration between universities and industrial sectors must still be built. However, there are a number of challenges in implementing this collaboration. The first challenge, according to Awaluddin, is updating curriculums to be in line with industry needs.
“We need talent that is relevant to the current situation. For this reason, we must inform the [creators] of the workforce, namely the universities. Lest the workforce creators not be up-to-date,” said Awaluddin.
The second challenge is technology facilitation. Although the provision of these facilities requires a large capital investment, Awaluddin is optimistic that this will affect the strengthening of human resources. The industrial sector is also ready to become a research laboratory for students.
The final challenge is research output. Awaluddin said that the research output must be in accordance with industry needs. “The campus also has to be brave enough to get out of their comfort zone,” Awaluddin added.
On this occasion, PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) provided Corporate Social Responsibility assistance to Unpad. *
Reported by Arief Maulana | Translated by Shabrina M.