ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Along with the development of global education and the demands of the job market, there have been very rapid changes in various aspects of life, especially economic, social and cultural changes. For this reason, a learning transformation is needed to be able to equip and prepare superior Higher Education graduates. Creativity and innovation are important keywords to ensure Indonesia’s sustainable development. The Independent Learning Program-Independent Campus (MB-KM) launched by the Minister of Education and Culture is a framework to prepare students to become strong and competitive graduates who are relevant to the challenges of the times.
Head of Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D. again signed the cooperation agreement (PKS) accompanied by the Head of the KSPHP Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP., MAB., and the Head of the Cooperation Sub-Division Dr. Saefudin, SP., M.Si. on Tuesday (1/12/2020). The signing was carried out as a follow-up to the pioneering collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM) South Kalimantan. This collaboration is the 11th collaboration throughout 2020 with Universities.
The signing activity was carried out online as well as the implementation of Public Lecture activities with student participants, the Academic Community / Teaching Staff of the Faculty of Agriculture ULM and other partner universities, Structural Officials, Research Center for Plantation Research and the general public as many as 451 participants.
The purpose of cooperation, said Kapus, is to produce superior human resources, produce works of science and technology for plantations based on local wisdom, empower rural communities, and appropriate technology in the plantation sector, in order to support the progress of the plantation sector in particular, generally agricultural development. .
The scope of the cooperation as payable in the agreement text is: the preparation of educational infrastructure (Laboratory and Experimental Gardens) for research and development activities in the plantation sector; assistance and application of plantation technology innovation results; dissemination of plantation technology innovations; community empowerment in the plantation sector; student training and mentoring (internships/PKL, Thesis, Thesis and Dissertation); joint organizing of scientific meetings, Focus Group Discussions, Workshops, Seminars and Symposiums in sharing plantation research and development activities at both national and international levels; and joint publication of research results, ideas and technology best practices.
After signing the cooperation agreement, the Chancellor of ULM, represented by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. H. Aminuddin Prahatama Putra, M.Pd, welcomed the collaborative efforts of Faperta ULM and the Plantation Research and Development Center. The Chancellor hoped that this collaboration, in addition to responding to the MBKM program, could also establish long-term synergies in conducting joint research activities.
The presentation of the general lecture was started by the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Ir. Bambang Joko Priatmadi, MP., regarding Faperta ULM Welcoming the Independent Learning Program for the Independent Campus by emphasizing the importance of cooperation between parties, especially research institutions in order to accelerate the achievements of the MBKM program. Bambang emphasized that at MBKM, students are given the right to study for three semesters outside the study program. The right to study three semesters outside the study program is to improve the competence of graduates, both soft skills and hard skills, to be more prepared and relevant to the needs of the times, to prepare graduates as future leaders of the nation with excellent and personality.
The next presentation by Head of ICECRD, conveyed a discussion related to the ICECRD and its performance in supporting the Independent Learning-Independent Campus (MBKM) Program, with 5 sub-discussions related to the Independent Learning-Independent Campus program, Plantation Research and Development Center Support, Infrastructure Facilities and Technological Innovation, Technology Scope of Research and Development Center Plantation and Center for Excellence in Science and Technology Plantation Research and Development Center.
With this public lecture, it is hoped that students, the academic community in the university environment will get comprehensive information related to various things, especially regarding the research results produced by the Plantation Research and Development Center. “I hope that the follow-up to the cooperation can be followed up immediately as stated in the objectives and scope of the cooperation,” said the Head of the Headquarters when giving a speech after signing the cooperation. (Anjas)