ICECRD Strengthens Collaboration With Faculty of Agricultural UNTIRTA To Succeed MBKM Program

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ICECRD ACTIVITIES – In an effort to expand and accelerate the dissemination of plantation technology, the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) has followed up on cooperation and collaborated with the Faculty of Agriculture, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (UNTIRTA) Banten. The point of collaboration is related to the program and implementation of the Independent Learning-Independent Campus (MBKM) curriculum.

Through the lecture (03.08.2021) is online , the Head Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D. , explained the readiness of the ICECRD to support the MBKM program, especially through the transformation of various innovative technologies owned and produced by the ICECRD with research activities, internships/PKL and student mentoring. The public lecture was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture UNTIRTA Prof.Dr.Ir. Nurmayulis, MP , along with his staff, students and alumni as many as 211 participants. From the ICECRD, the Head of ISMCRI Dr. Evi Savitri Iriani , Coordinator of KSPHP Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah , Sub Coordinator of Cooperation Dr. Saefudin, PDHP Sub Coordinator Sudarsono, SE and representatives from the UPT within the ICECRD.

The public lecture began with a presentation from the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Susiyanti, SP., MP. as well as the initiator of the collaboration between the ICECRD and UNTIRTA FOA. Susi emphasized the importance of collaboration with research institutions/research centers in the context of accelerating the MBKM program. In addition, the role of curriculum achievement is closely related to its implementation through various real activities to acquire hard skills and soft skills, said Susi.

The Head of the ICECRD in his presentation delivered six outlines which included: (1) the policy scope of the ICECRD, (2) Independent Learning-Independent Campus, (3) Support for the ICECRD, (4) Sarpras and Technological Innovation within the scope of the ICECRD, (5) The flagship product of the ICECRD, (6) the Center for Excellence in Science and Technology, the ICECRD. He emphasized the importance of the role of research institutions, especially the ICECRD in producing technological innovations to be utilized for the progress of the nation through research activities, especially with universities.

The ICECRD together with 4 technical implementing units (UPT) under it, namely: Indonesian Spice & Medicinal Crops Research Institute (ISMCRI) in Bogor, Indonesian Sweetener & Fiber Crops Research Institute (ISFCRI) in Malang, Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute (IPCRI) in Manado, and The Indonesian Industrial & Bevarages Crops Research Institute (IIBCRI) in Sukabumi, also has the task of disseminating technology results to the public, especially to universities, said the Head of the Research Center.

According to Kepmentan No. 56/Kpts/LB.030/M/1/2009, there are 79 commodities of the ICECRD mandated with 17 priority commodities. Commodities Pepper, Cashew, Clove, Ginger, Patchouli, Temulawak are the mandate of ISMCRI, Cotton, Jatropha, Tobacco, Sugarcane is the mandate of ISFCRI, Coconut, Palm Oil, Sago, Sugar palm is the mandate of IPCRI and Coffee, Cocoa, Rubber is the mandate of IIBCRI, added Him.

The fields of expertise and research within the ICECRD that students can participate in include (1) breeding and biotechnology, (2) cultivation, ecophysiology, pests/diseases, socio-economics, (3) food and non-food products, and (4) biofuels (BBN). Meanwhile, for lecturers who carry out research activities, the research policy pattern at the ICECRD is no longer individual, but partners. The public lecture is a form of partnership between FOA UNTIRTA and the ICECRD, he added.

Previously the Dean of Faperta UNTIRTA Prof. Dr. Ir. Nurmayulis, MP. , in his speech said that this event is very important because the implementation of this MBKM activity involves outside parties as partners who are bound through a cooperation agreement, one of which is the ICECRD. The implementation of the MBKM curriculum at UNTIRTA takes many forms, including internships, work practices, research, studies or independent projects. There are also entrepreneurial activities, credit transfers, teaching assistantships, humanitarian projects and village building or thematic real work lectures. These activities will have academic recognition/equivalent assessment.

This MBKM activity has an attraction for students, especially allowing for the conversion of thesis courses. There are things that need to be underlined is that thesis courses cannot be used as savings. For example, a student at smtr 5 does an internship which is converted to a thesis and saved for the thesis credit to be used at the end of the study period.

At the end of the general lecture, the Head of Department and the Dean hope that student internships/PKL activities and research collaborations can be realized soon. So that students are able to complete their studies in accordance with the time and are able to produce the expected learning, namely having adequate and high knowledge and skills. (ANJAS).


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