Ministry of Social Affairs as Main Partner and Priority for Higher Education

  • Ministry of Social Affairs as Main Partner and Priority for Higher Education
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JAKARTA (9 July 2021) - Secretary of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Idit Supriadi Priatna represented the Director General of Social Rehabilitation, Harry Hikmat, chaired a coordination meeting with the Directorate General of Higher Education regarding the Merdeka Campus collaboration through a zoom meeting.

 

This coordination meeting followed up the letter from the Director General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs to the Director General of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, Higher Education, number 541/4/KS.02.01/7/2021 dated July 4, 2021, regarding the Merdeka Campus program at the Technical Implementation Units (UPT), which is scheduled regarding the Discussion of the Independent Campus Program Cooperation Plan at the UPT Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation.

 

Secretary of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation, Idit Supriadi Priatna expressed hope that in the future with the independent campus program, the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation through centers could join, or collaborate with the organizers of the Merdeka Campus, including the Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, Higher Education.

 

"This is all following the direction of the leadership, hopefully, the presence of the Merdeka Campus in the middle of our social rehabilitation center will increase the optimization of it. Of course, I believe that when students are present, we will get various mutual benefits," said Idit.

 

Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Paristiyanti Nurwardani said that the Ministry of Education and Culture has a policy of realizing a Merdeka Campus for Glorious Indonesia.

 

There are four activities for the Strategic Plan presented by Paristiyanti at the coordination meeting for the outputs of the Strategic Plan made by the Ministry of Education and Culture, including increasing the participation rate of higher education, strengthening the quality of the relevance of the higher education curriculum to the world of business, industry, and work, strengthening the quality of the higher education curriculum, lecturers, and education staff, strengthen the governance system of the Directorate General of Higher Education.

 

The Minister of Education and Culture that will oversee this collaboration is the Minister of Education and Culture concerning the National Standards for Higher Education, which aims to achieve higher education, which is to create people who believe in and fear of God Almighty, have a noble character, are healthy, knowledgeable, capable, creative, independent, skilled, competent, and become a democratic, responsible, and cultured citizen for the benefit of the nation.

There are 8 activities carried out by Merdeka Campus, namely student exchanges, internships/work practices, teaching assistance in education units, research, humanitarian projects, entrepreneurial activities, independent studies or projects and village development/KKNT.

Paristiyanti Nurwardani said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Social Affairs was the main partner and priority for the Ministry of Education, Research and Technology, "Because we are very sure that all students from the Polytechnic of the Ministry of Social Affairs carry out learning process activities outside the campus which mean that they can be in the social rehabilitation center or in various social organizations or rehabilitation activities, because residents or patients in hospitals need assistance, they can be approached employing internships at work," explained Paristiyanti.

In this coordination meeting the Secretary of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation, Idit Supriadi Priatna also explained regarding the ATENSI Creation Center (SKA), "There is already SKA within the social rehabilitation center to empower beneficiaries to carry out various businesses. There is hope if students from the Merdeka Campus can complement each other, complement our programs. They will learn firsthand how to make PPKS (Persons Needing Social Welfare Services) independent," said Idit.

So that the Center and SKA can become a place for students of the Merdeka Campus, namely the existence of an MoU which will be signed by the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Higher Education. The implementation of this MoU is for certified internship programs and certified independent studies.

As the closing of this coordination meeting, the Secretary of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation, Idit Supriadi Priatna expressed his wishes for Merdeka Campus program, "We believe that working with universities will support our program, and accept the challenges ahead that are increasingly difficult, and students become new energy in the center. "The Center, as well as scientific updates will add insight to our employees or human resources. The symbiosis of mutualism will really happen," said Idit.

This coordination meeting was attended online by the Directors within the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation, the Secretariat of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation, the Head of Social Rehabilitation Centers and Workshops within the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Coordinating Team for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Higher Education.

Writer :
Humas Ditjen Rehabilitasi Sosial
Editor :
Annisa YH
Translator :
Karlina Irsalyana

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