By: Yuyun Rohayati on 20 Oct 2022
An internship program, which has been held for a long time by several study programs at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), is one form of learning outside of tertiary institutions in the Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) program. The program, however, is still being implemented by local and national business and industry partners also known as DUDI.
DUDI still has a limited number of international-standard internships. It is considered necessary to identify and map the studentsâ competencies required by international standards concerning the demands of the MBKM program. As a result, the curriculum used at UPI is highly relevant to the needs of the workplace. This message was delivered by Dr Ahmad Yani, Head of the UPI Curriculum Division, during his speech and direction at the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on Friday, October 14, 2022, in the Smart classroom, FPTK A Building.
Dr. Dedi Rohendi, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, kicked off the activity, which was attended by the Head of the Program of Study, Lecturers, and curriculum development team from the Agro-industrial Technology Education Study Program, Catering Education Study Program, Family Welfare Education Study Program, and Logistics Engineering Study Program.
The FGD activity, which was held from morning to noon, was themed on Competency Mapping required by International standards as DUDI Internship Partners. The objectives of the FGD are: 1) identifying the competencies (hard skills and soft skills) needed to carry out internships at international DUDI; 2) building partnerships between faculty with international standard DUDI partners; 3) increasing the relevance of the curriculum of the program of study to the needs of international standard work and industry competencies.
On this occasion, Dyah S. Alamanda, PT. Kerry Ingredient Indonesia spoke on behalf of one of the multinational corporations. The Irish firm is in the food industry, specifically flavours/flavours, and operates in 31 countries. Sofyan Iskandar, PT. Garudafood Putra Putri Jaya, Tbk, was the second resource person who came from a high-quality national company. The company, which began commercial operations in 1994, is headquartered in Jakarta and operates five factories in Pati, Cikarang, Sumedang, and Gresik. The company's activities are focused on the snack food industry, particularly products made from nuts, chocolate, and biscuits, as well as milk processing.
According to the explanations of the two resource persons, graduates and interns from any program of study require soft skills. These soft skills include the ability to think logically, analytically, and critically; the ability to collaborate in a team; the spirit of leadership; the ability to communicate and speak foreign languages (especially English); problem-solving ability; adaptability; resilience; and creativity. Hard skills are tailored to the field of study of each program of study and can be further developed after entering the workforce or during an internship. As a result, universities must hone these soft skills and incorporate them into the development of program of study curricula.