IPB Graduation: Challenge Response of SDGs and Industrial Revolution 4.0 with Agro-Maritime Concept 4.0

The Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) once again held a graduation ceremony, 1/16 at Graha Widya Wisuda, Dramaga IPB Campus, Bogor. These new graduates are expected to add a quality human resources and are ready to build the nation's agricultural sector.

In this Graduation and Submission of Diploma IV Academic Year 2018/2019, IPB handed over a diploma to 775 graduates, consisting of 94 graduates of the Vocational School Diploma I Program, 35 graduates of the Vocational School Diploma III Program, 464 graduates of the Bachelor program, 24 a graduate of the Veterinary Professional Education program, 131 Masters graduates, and 27 Doctoral graduates. Until graduation at this stage, IPB has 157,313 alumni.

"Alhamdulillah, unnoticed we have entered 2019. Hopefully IPB can hold fast to the Long-Term Plan, which is to become a campus of techno-social entrepreneurs," said the Rector of IPB, Dr. Arif Satria when opening the graduation ceremony.

Through its tagline, continued the Rector of IPB, Race in Excellence to Shape IPB, the direction of development carried out by IPB is currently focusing on the current strategic issues faced.

Furthermore, Arif Satria explained, there are two challenges that are the main concern at this time. First, the global community is faced with the problems of the food, energy, and environmental crisis, which then have an impact on decreasing the quality of human life. To respond to this problem, the United Nations endorsed the global goals contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) based on the agreement of the leaders of countries in the world. The Pillar SDGs contain seventeen global goals that focus on alleviating poverty, protecting planet earth, and ensuring global prosperity. The achievement of SDGs requires high commitment and encourages a variety of transformations in terms of paradigms, policies, and behavior. There are important factors that can support the achievement of SDGs, namely inclusiveness. Inclusivity in development is a key factor in achieving SDGs and Universities are parties that have an important role in it.

Second, now the global community is in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Several consequences of the development of 4.0 technology have changed many of the old, established orders. The presence of this era opens new perspectives on the importance of collaboration to solve complex problems. A number of technological strengths are duly utilized for the benefit of sustainable and equitable development. These two challenges require readiness of human resources to be competitive and contribute to realizing the SDGs.

The Rector added, IPB increasingly emphasized its role in national development through the launch of the Agro-Maritime 4.0 concept. The concept aims to respond to the challenges of achieving the SDGs and the 4.0 industrial revolution in agriculture in the broadest sense. The Agro-Maritime 4.0 concept is present to overcome the problems of agro-maritime development, the degradation of the environment and natural resources, the low welfare of the community, food insecurity, the low contribution of the agro-maritime sector to economic growth, and development inequality between regions in Indonesia.

"Agro-Maritime 4.0 integrates land and sea management in an inclusive manner involving complex social, economic and ecological systems. This integration is realized through the main approaches, namely transdisciplinary, ecoregion-connectivity, integrated and participatory (integrated-particitipatory) connectivity, "added the Rector of IPB.

He added, Agro-Maritime 4.0 emphasized that all the same disciplines play an important role in solving complex Agro-Maritime issues. By carrying out Creating Value as the main feature, Agro-Maritime 4.0 technology does not only involve one scientific discipline but involves various disciplines.

The application of the Agro-Maritime 4.0 concept requires a number of HR characteristics to achieve its objectives. Millennials as agents of change are expected to be able to disseminate agro-maritime 4.0 innovations in an inclusive and touching community. In this case, IPB graduates must continue to sharpen themselves to have the characteristics of HR 4.0, namely having key skills in career and life, possessing skills in managing information, media, and technology, possessing learning and innovation skills and being able to apply effective communication skills.

The Rector emphasized that the Core of knowledge in IPB had a central position in achieving the SDGs. For this reason, IPB established the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences which pioneered transdisciplinary studies to address the problem of sustainable development. IPB is currently developing a sustainability portal which will be launched on January 24th. This portal collects data and information on various contributions of IPB in achieving the SDGs. Besides that, IPB has played a role in a number of activities to support the achievement of SDGs, which can be categorized into four pillars. These pillars include the pillars of social development, the pillars of economic development, the pillars of environmental development and the pillars of legal development and governance.

Throughout 2018 and at the beginning of 2019, IPB has carved a number of proud achievements, both at the institutional level, teaching staff and education, as well as students. The achievements achieved by IPB institutionally include: IPB including the 100 best universities in the world QS version of the World University Ranking by Subject Agriculture and Forestry; Top 40 of the Most Sustainable University in the World and Rank 2 in Indonesia version of the UI Green Metric at the end of 2018, best III of the PTN-BH Social Media Category in the 2018 Public Relations and LLDikti Public Relations Award by the Ministry of Research and Technology in early 2019. IPB was also named the Most Informative PTN in the 2018 Public Information Openness Award from the Central Information Commission.

This is inseparable from IPB's commitment to always provide services to the community in the form of easy access to information about IPB. One of them is through a mobile phone based application. These applications include IPB Repository, IPB Today, IPB Mobile for Student, IPB Mobile for Lecturers, IPB Mobile for Staff, and now IPB Mobile for Parent. Features available in IPB Mobile for Parent such as student grades transcripts, student lecture schedules, student attendance in lectures/practicums, and payment transcripts of SPP/UKT per semester. In addition, IPB also received the Widyapadhi National Rank 1 award as the most innovative campus. (RYS)

Published Date : 17-Jan-2019

Resource Person : Dr. Arif Satria

Keyword : IPB Graduation, 775 graduates, Race in Excellence to Shape IPB