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On 30th March 2017, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya hosted a national seminar with the organisation, Persatuan Guru Besar Indonesia (PERGUBI) which covered the topic on revamping Indonesia’s higher education sector. The event also served as a platform for discussion on the necessary measures that Indonesian higher education institutions must fulfil in order to ensure local talents have a competitive edge amidst increased international competition. The national seminar programme was attended by Rector of Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, Prof. Dr. Djisman Simandjuntak, Vice Rector I of Academic Affairs at Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, Prof. Yudi Samyudia, Director General of Technology at Indonesia’s Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Dr. Ir. Patdono Suwignjo as well as a number of prominent figures from Indonesia’s higher education sector.
At the event, Prof. Dr. Djisman Simandjuntak highlighted the importance of restructuring the tri dharma principle – comprising of education and teaching, research, and community service – in order to reform the national higher education system. One of the means that he encouraged was to uphold the value of entrepreneurship while also motivating enrolled students to seek out available business opportunities. Universitas Prasetiya Mulya has participated in this initiative by appointing four Vice Rectors who have been tasked to explore the immense business opportunities across Indonesia. Given that Indonesia has entered an era of globalisation that has brought about challenges as well as benefits, Indonesian universities – both state and private – must collaborate with industry players so as to minimise the gap between theoretical knowledge and applicable skills. The aim of enforcing such measures is to ensure that graduates are able to become agents of economic development for Indonesia. Moreover, participants of the seminar also engaged in a group discussion which stressed the need for the tri dharma principle to remain focused on social welfare.
Through the hosting of the national seminar event, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya illustrated its far-reaching network of university partners in addition to actively partaking in programmes that boasts the potential to better strategically position Indonesian graduates on the international stage.
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