The focus of Joko Widodo’s administration over the last 3.5 years in the infrastructure sector has made the need for experienced personnel in science and technology to increase. But unfortunately this republic weakness of experienced personnel who are competent in that field. As written Kompas.com, Monday (12/3/2018), Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia (Kemenristekdikti) confess that until 2019 Indonesia’s weakness of 190,997 alumni of S-1 and D3 undergraduate.
Still according to the same paper, the weakness of engineers in Indonesia is not the lack of interest of the young generation to pursue education in the field. Disadvantages occur because local graduates in the field are still not competent enough dikomparasikan with foreign alumni to the extent not absorbed in the industry. This happens because there is an imbalance between the needs of the industry with the competence of alumni of science and tips obtained by the university. Industry requires experienced personnel who are not only proficient in hard skills, but also soft skills, like communicating especially in English, analyzing, expressing opinions, solving problems, and innovative. The fact is obviously the most unfortunate, view the industry trends require labor competence of science and technology not only happening in Indonesia, but also in the world.
This is evident from the results of a study of the United States federal agencies for the development of science, the National Science Foundation (NSF). The study, conducted in 2011, claims that in the next decade 80 percent of jobs require science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competencies. Similar results also appear from the Social Market Foundation survey for EDF Energy (a British energy company). The study, published in January 2017, states that the United Kingdom’s workforce in science, technology, research, and technical fields will double from 2016-2023. The impact will then trigger 140,000 new activities and 640,000 vacancy activities over the next six years in the sector.
The skyrocketing number of human resource needs is not separated from technological innovation and infrastructure investment continues to wriggle. Starting from the education sector Trends in the spurt of STEM HR needs both at home and abroad should be a great opportunity for the young generation of Indonesia. Of course to be able to pick up the opportunity they must do the preparation since early when started to go to college. Not only learn hard to master the theory, they must also practice applying it in the field. Here educational institutions play an urgent role to facilitate and make such happen. This means that educational institutions must help students that science that has been obtained in college can be used in the industry.
Thus they have empirical in the field. One such example is practiced by Prasetiya Mulya University in the School of Applied STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics). Here students can practice the theory learned by following the internship program to the company since the first year of college. Not only experienced in the field of STEM, the campus also educate students to be proficient to commercialize their ideas or innovation products. Of course the intended innovation must fit the needs of the market and be a solution to the problems in society. For those in addition to studying applied science they learn any business science. Janson Naiborhu, Dean of School of Applied STEM Prasetiya Mulya said this matter needs to be done because the synergy between science-technology and business in the industry is now inevitable.
“By integrating science-technology and business we are trying to optimize the understanding of the utilization of technology for current and future industry,” said Janson Naiborhu.Therefore, he said, in addition to experience in the field of STEM, they will have entrepreneurship skills that can produce business innovation based on science and technology.For information, there are a total of six majors in the School of Applied STEM Prasetiya Mulya University, which is S1 Business Mathematics (Business Mathematics), S1 Renewable Energy Engineering, S1 Food Business Technology ), S1 Product Design Engineering (Engineering Product Design), S1 Software Engineering (Software Engineering), and S1 Computer Systems Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) .As for high school graduates who want to study there, four scholarships or scholarships, namely scholarship Young Scholar Indonesia (YSI), Bakti Indonesia, Financial Aid, and Readi Project Scholarship. It is expected that through the School of Applied STEM Prasetiya Mulya University will be born alumni berkompetensi STEM that not only fit the needs of industry, but can also create business opportunities in accordance with the technological innovations it produces.