On 27th May 2016, Perbanas Institute in close cooperation with Bank Indonesia (BI) took its latest step forward in promoting the advancement of educational standards in the country through the opening of a new reading corner within its campus library. Officially inaugurated as the BI Corner, this facility will provide students with direct access to a bevy of useful reading materials related to economics, business, shariah finance, and taxation among other topics. In keeping with the growing importance of information technology within Indonesia’s finance sector, the BI Corner also makes available new computers as well as audio visual equipment to create an environment in which Perbanas Institute’s students have the modern tools needed to further their understanding of the local economy.
The inauguration of the BI Corner at Perbanas Institute is itself part of the central bank’s broader initiative to encourage academic excellence amongst the country’s burgeoning youth demographic – a course of action that shares in the mission and vision of the government’s Indonesia Cerdas(Smart Indonesia) programme. As discussed during the opening ceremony by Mr Hendra Nazaldi as BI’s Assistant Director of Communications, Perbanas Institute was specifically chosen as the site for the BI Corner due to its standing as one of Indonesia’s leading institutions of higher education focused on banking and finance. Building upon the success of this facility implemented within Perbanas’ campus, BI intends to launch 1,000 BI Corners across the country by 2020 with the ultimate goal of also better socialising the central bank’s role and function to the general public.
Also in attendance at the opening of Perbanas Institute’s BI Corner was Mr Patria Laksamana, Ph.D as Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, as well as Mr Donny Digantoro as an esteemed alumni who participated as guest speaker during the event. Going forward, Perbanas Institute intends to continue to draw upon its close ties to key corporations and organisations such as BI to offer its students unparalleled access to capacity-building resources and amenities.