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Kwik Kian Gie | Dr. Ir. Hisar Sirait, M.A.
Dr. Ir. Hisar Sirait, M.A.

As the country needs more skilled workers, we are also seeking to strengthen our curriculum on technology-oriented human capital and supply chain management to add to our business, communications and IT courses.

Dr. Ir. Hisar Sirait, M.A., Rector

Global Business Guide’s readers were first introduced to the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business in 2010 as a centre of academic excellence focusing on business and informatics studies. What can you tell us about the latest developments that have taken place at the institution and your vision as its newly-appointed rector?

The Kwik Kian Gie School of Business already has a vision in place that will guide us through the next 10 to 20 years; that will remain unchanged. Our objective is to become the foremost school in business and informatics education in Indonesia now that we are providing not only business programmes, but also informatics and communications studies. We have also reiterated this vision by proclaiming the period from 2015 to 2020 as the phase where we will establish ourselves not only as a leading school in Indonesia, but as an institution that is regionally recognised in those three disciplines. This aspiration is relevant given that Indonesia is set to take part in regional integration through the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community.

As we seek to enhance our competitiveness as a centre for high quality learning, we are committed to producing graduates who excel beyond just possessing theoretical knowledge, but in also having strong technical skills, managerial skills and the right attitude. In that respect, the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business is actively looking to enroll outstanding high school students; this is our most recent focus. In order to ensure success in this regard, our institution has gone further by providing numerous supporting programmes, including by offering scholarships to qualified candidates. Additionally, we have widened our marketing efforts to not only find prospective students in Jakarta, but also in regions outside of Java.

In addition to implementing a high standard student selection process, the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business also puts equal importance on the quality of our faculty members, infrastructure, curriculum and the academic atmosphere which together shape the learning experience at our institution. For our lecturers, we provide support to those seeking to attain higher competencies, postgraduate degrees, or partake in seminars and conferences. With regards to the campus infrastructure, we have developed a modern environment with state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Moreover, we are among the few colleges in Indonesia that have implemented the government’s KKNI standards; a framework which integrates education and professional competence, qualification and experience. Our graduates will thus be better prepared upon entering the job market. Other priorities for our institution include gaining further recognition from the business sector and encouraging our faculty members to publish their research in national and international accredited journals.

Information technology and technology in general have become the backbone of many industries within the country’s economy. What is your outlook in this regard?

There are two emerging fields in information technology; web technology and business intelligence. The Kwik Kian Gie School of Business has reformulated its IT curriculum to focus on industry needs in relation to those two subjects. I can confidently say that only a handful of universities in Indonesia have shaped their IT programme in order to develop their students’ expertise for either. Web technology is inevitable given that almost all people from as young as three years old are one way or another connected to the internet. As for business intelligence, valid information and data are increasingly vital for making informed decisions.

Furthermore, we believe that President Joko Widodo’s ‘Nawacita’ vision is aimed at transforming Indonesia’s economic structure from a natural resources-based economy to a technology-based one. Therefore, as the country needs more skilled workers, we are also seeking to strengthen our curriculum on technology-oriented human capital and supply chain management to add to our business, communications and IT courses. In three to five years’ time, these two programmes will be highly sought after in the country’s higher education system.

Finding work-ready university graduates has been one of the most common complaints among companies seeking to recruit new employees, highlighting an underlying problem with Indonesia’s industry-university linkage. How is your institution addressing this gap?

The Kwik Kian Gie School of Business has three programmes for addressing the mismatch. The first is where we invite prominent entrepreneurs, CEOs and managers from the best-performing enterprises to share their experiences with our students so as to let the students discover their own future in the industry. This method is implemented starting from our students’ first semester on campus, and allows guest lecturers to elaborate on how the students can better prepare themselves before entering the real-life business world. The second is by granting our students further insights into the inner-workings of the industry by conducting company visits. There is also the special schedule in the seventh semester, namely an internship programme for at least two months. It is worth mentioning that many of our students were eventually recruited by their respective companies after completing this programme.

One of the main strategies for higher learning institutions in building a reputation globally is by forming partnerships with leading international universities. How is your institution positioned towards working with foreign counterparts?

I believe that the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business has already stepped up onto the global stage. Our focus now is to expand upon the present success by establishing more international links. The first domain is, of course, within the education sector through exchange programmes for students and faculty members. In terms of self-development, we have also set a benchmark for ourselves in accordance with the best business schools in the world. For example, Babson College is the curriculum reference for our Business Administration and Business Management programme. Additionally, we seek research collaborations in order to upgrade our own research capacity based on international standards. Scientific publications and knowledge-sharing initiatives are also opportunities we are interested in.

As a final message, what would you like Global Business Guide’s readers to remember about the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business?

For aspiring individuals striving to become accomplished entrepreneurs and business professionals, the Kwik Kian Gie School of Business provides the best environment for personal development through our comprehensive curriculum with strong ties to the industry, as well as with our team of highly-qualified faculty members, constructive academic atmosphere, extensive campus facilities, and family-like campus life.