Preparing Higher Education in Facing the Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era
UNJ Public Relations 15/03/2019 The Institute for Engineering Research and Publications (IFERP) in collaboration with Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ), held a 17th World Conference on Applied Science Engineering And Technology (17-WCASET) on March 15-16 2019 at Aston Priority Simatupang Hotel & Conference Center. IFERP is the biggest nonprofit association for Research & Development (R & D) in the world that develops and promotes research in engineering and technology. There are 129 papers received by the committee, but only 70 papers will be presented at this conference. In this event’s 17th year, participants came from various countries in the world like Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Russia, Jordan, and Vietnam. UNJ sent several lecturers and graduate students who will present their papers at this conference.
Ad interim Rector of UNJ, Prof. Intan Ahmad, Ph.D. was also present at this conference to give his remarks and become a keynote speech. In his remarks, the Ad interim Rector conveyed about the readiness of universities to face the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0. “We must prepare our students for jobs that do not yet exist but will emerge in the future. Higher education aims to produce prospective workers. Higher education is a conservative organization, not easily changed. But we must prepare our students to face the 4.0 industrial revolution,” he explained.
More on the era of industrial revolution 4.0, Prof. Intan delivered an explanation entitled Industrial Revolution 4.0 and STEAM: Empowering Higher Education for Preparing Future Generations. Prof. Intan explained how we could survive in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. “Quoting Charles Darwin, not the strongest or the smartest that will survive, but the ablest to adapt to change. The world of work requires a combination of skills provided by universities today. The education system in higher education must be evaluated and must reflect the 4.0 industrial revolution curriculum. Take UNJ for example. In the past semester, we have included coding courses as elective courses to the curriculum. The next semester we will make it a compulsory subject,” he said. Prof. Intan added, the Ministry of Research and Technology has introduced several New Literacy in the face of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era, namely Data Literacy, Technology Literacy, and Human Literacy.
This WCASET 2019 conference was attended by Mr. Siddith Kumar (Director of Technoarete), Mr. George Barber (Terra Energy Country Manager and Resource Technologies Indonesia), Dr. Hira Meidia (Vice Rector of Multimedia Nusantara University) Dr. Erry Yulian T. Adesta (Conference Chair) and Dr. Bambang Sugiono (Conference Co-Chair). IFERP and UNJ are committed to organizing this conference to improve the welfare and development of academicians and the people of Indonesia.
Translated by OJ