Competence Key to Facing MEA

Kompas, Page 11

Improving university student competencies is inevitable in preparing the young generation to face the ASEAN Economic Community. In order to compete in ASEAN, soft skills need to be honed and prepared.

Deputy Commissioner Strategic Management IA Financial Services Authority (OJK) Imansyah, on the sidelines of a seminar on “Be A Successful Professional in ASEAN Economic Community Through Financial Market” in the Hall of Christian University Satya Wacana (UKSW) in Salatiga, Central Java, on Thursday (6/4), said the presence of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is an opportunity and a challenge. All parties have to prepare the younger generation with even better certification.

He added that in preparing human resources (HR) who are more ready to work, the government has also been responsive by opening vocational studies. According to him, improving financial literacy is equally important.  This requires extension or expansion of the range in the financial industry understanding program.  It can be done in formal as well as in informal schools.

Meanwhile, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business UKSW Christantius Dwiatmadja added, improving competence is the key for Indonesia to compete in ASEAN. In addition to improving the soft skills, the arrangement of educators is also considered important. Although still in short courses, he continued, his party regularly sends students on exchange programs to a number of countries, such as Thailand and Singapore.

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