JAKARTA (May, 2nd): Vice President of Republic of Indonesia, Boediono, was asking public and private universities to develop their educational programs as requested by industries in order to accelerate the absorption of fresh graduates.
“Mr. Vice President has discussed the linkage between industries and universities to further enhance the absorption of fresh graduates and young workers,” said a spokesman of the Vice President, Yopie Hidayat, after accompanying Budiono who welcomed the Chairman of the President University Foundation, Juwono Sudarsono, today.
President University is one of a few universities in Indonesia with international standard study programs. The University was established in the heart of the biggest industrial area in Indonesia, Jababeka, Bekasi. The University is modeled after since its students have a greater chance to directly work in the 1,500 industries from 30 countries operate within the area.
Yopie said that the Vice President always reminded the significant role of universities to prepare fresh graduates who could meet industries’ qualification for their workers. Moreover, Indonesia was expected to have advantages in the productive age population.
During this time, he said, President University has sought to link its educational programs with industries’ demands thereby allowing its students to participate in its internship programs at various companies in Jababeka Industrial Estate, Cikarang.
“The vice president asked for the (internship) programs to be expanded, and, if necessary, to be collaborated with other universities,” he said.
Previously, in March, Boediono called a number of large business people to talk about youth employment. Business people who attended the meeting include Ciputra; Franciscus Welirang, the Vice President of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur; Ali Markus, the President Director of Maspion Group; Irwan Hidayat, the Owner of PT Sido Muncul; and lastly, Putri Kuswisnu Wardhani, the President Director of PT Mustika Ratu Tbk.
Boediono said that Indonesia would experience a population explosion in the next few years. Many of them were productive workers. The abundant productive population would become a very good human resource for Indonesia if it could be put to good use, but instead, it could have a negative impact if it was not managed carefully.