Wapres Kalla: Standardization Ensures Quality of Graduates

Kompas, page 12

Vice President Jusuf Kalla asserted the importance of standardization of vocational education in Indonesia. In addition to equalizing the quality, standardization is also needed to turn out vocational education graduates who are more easily absorbed into employment.

This was conveyed by Vice President Kalla after receiving an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Technology Rajamangala Isan, Thailand, Wednesday (22/3). An honorary doctorate title was conferred directly by Putri Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in the auditorium of the Campus of University of Technology Rajamangala Thanyaburi, Pathumthani province, Thailand.

Kalla said there is a need for standardization of vocational education because technology continues to evolve. So education must be adapted to technological developments and the needs of industry.

Such standardization is applied by the University of Technology Rajamangala, the largest technology university in Thailand. Rajamangala University of Technology is built in nine separate locations in Thailand. However, throughout Thailand all are comparable in quality.

In addition, the educational curriculum is also made providing more practice than theory. Students are taught job training at existing companies.  As a result, graduates of vocational education in Thailand are more qualified and ready to work. That’s what makes industry in Thailand more advanced compared to other countries in Asia.

Reflecting the education system that is built/developed in Thailand, Vice President Kalla feels the Indonesian government also needs to standardize vocational education. In addition, it is also important for educational institutions to cooperate with industry in order to determine the workforce skills industry needs.

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