National Education Day is the Momentum to Revolutionize Higher Education

[unpad.ac.id, 2/5/2019] In the era of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) implementation, the development of quality education is one of the targets of sustainable development. The strengthening of higher education and human resources becomes one of the focuses of the development.

Universitas Padjadjaran Acting Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE., pin Satyalancana Karya Satya badge to representative of lecturers and education staff in Unpad as the ceremonial counselor during the celebration of national education day ceremony 2019 held at the yard of Unpad campus, Dipati Ukur street no. 35, Bandung, Thursday (2/5). (Photo: Tedi Yusup).

Such is told by the Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Prof. Mohamad Nasir in his speech celebrating the national education day (Hardiknas) 2019. The speech was read by Universitas Padjadjaran Acting Chancellor Universitas Padjadjaran Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE., as the ceremonial counselor during the celebration of national education day ceremony 2019 held at the yard of Unpad campus, Dipati Ukur street no. 35, Bandung, Thursday (2/5).

Prof. Rina explained, the gross participation rate of higher education in Indonesia in 2018 is still at 34.58%. Meanwhile, there is currently 4,741 higher education institutions in Indonesia. This means that around 65% of college-aged children cannot get higher education.

The government attempts to revolutionize higher education. Online-based education such as, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), up to ‘Cyber University’ have been done by some universities in Indonesia.

Other than that, provision of new college courses in harmony with the current global conditions, such as big data, data analytics, and entrepreneurship is still kept up. This is intended to prepare university graduates to be ready for future challenges.

“Realizing the high hopes of government and Indonesian public for universities in giving education for the next generation of leaders to be competitive, creative, and innovative, universities in Indonesia have to evolve and be pushed to be capable in digital transformation,” said Prof. Rina.

In the human resources sector, the competitiveness of students, lecturers, and education staff are being developed through data literation, technology literation, and human literation.

“Technological advancement shows the advancement of education and science that must also dignify and prosper humans and Indonesians,” said Prof. Rina.

In the ceremony, 535 lecturers and education staffs in Unpad received the Satyalencana Karya Satya award from the indonesian president, Joko Widodo. The number comprises of 301 staff with 30-year Satyalancana Karya Satya, 33 staff with 20-year Satyalancana Karya Satya, and the rest with 10-year Satyalancana Karya Satya. The award was given symbolically by Prof. Rina Indiastuti.

Report by Arief Maulana
Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani

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