Jajaran pimpinan SV Undip dan SV IPB saat kunjungan institusi ke SV Undip, Selasa (21/6).

Semarang-IPB University Vocational College visit Diponegoro University Vocational College on Tuesday (6/21) to discuss the management of vocational education. Prof. Dr. Ir. Budiyono, M.Si,, Vocational College Undip dean mentioned that his Vocational College implements several policies to improve the education quality like competence certification and assessor competence, lecturer internship, and collaboration with the industries for developing the curriculum and learning activities.

“All the lecturers must have industrial experiences. They should do an industrial internship for a semester or six months every five years. It can be a good beginning to develop collaboration between the campus and the industry”, the dean said.

Furthermore, all courses must apply project-based learning to speed up students’ skills to be work-ready graduates. In the last semester, they are encouraged to have the real product as the output of their Final Project. And they also must have a certificate of competence related before they graduate.

The Head of the Civil and Planning Department, Asri Nurdiana, S.T., M.T., described the experience of project-based learning through the BIM Center Workshop implemented by the D4 Civil Engineering and Architectural Design Study Program. It opened up internship opportunities for ten students every three months. “The students’ interns will work on real projects accompanied by lecturers from the Civil Engineering and Architectural Design D4 Program to boost their skills,” she added.

On the other hand, the Dean of the IPB University Vocational College, Prof. Dr. Ir. Arief Darjanto, M.Ec, appreciated the welcome from Undip. He said, “We visited Semarang to learn from Undip, one of the best vocational colleges in Indonesia. We would like to strengthen and learn each other so the higher vocational education in the future will be better”.

He shared that they have several similarities policies in managing his vocational, including developing teaching factories and project-based learning in lectures to hone students’ skills.

It is pleased that higher vocational education is increasingly in demand by the industry and is even considered increasingly competitive for recruitment to the world of work.

“More people understand that Vocational College is very promising, being the first choice instead of the second,” he concluded. (AL)