JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Nadiem Makarim praised online education platform Edufecta for its role in facilitating access to digital learning among Indonesia’s universities.
"I believe, ladies and gentlemen, the leaders of universities here want our students to be ready for the challenges of the future. I hope that through this webinar ... the leaders of private universities will commit to transforming (digitally) in preparing our younger generation to achieve independent learning," Nadiem said during a national education webinar on Wednesday, March 30, held in tandem with the soft launch of the Edufecta app.
Edufecta, a subsidiary of IndoSterling Technomedia, is a digital education portal that connects students and academics across private Indonesian universities.
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Representatives of the Association of Indonesian Private Universities (APTISI) and higher education stakeholders were also in attendance at the event held at Gunadarma University in Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten.
Nadiem commented on the effects of digital disruption on the Indonesian job market, and what we can expect to see in the near future.
"By 2030, around 23 million jobs will be replaced with automated technology, along with the emergence of 27 million to 46 million new jobs of which 10 million never existed before," Nadiem said.
"We can no longer apply the same [methods] of learning as we did decades ago for our students facing the challenges of digital disruption," he added.
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According to Nadiem, students from all over the country from state and private universities had been competing in the last two years to earn a place on the seven programs under the Merdeka Belajar, Kampus Merdeka (Independent Learning, Independent Campus; MBKM) national campaign.
Additionally, Nadiem asked that APTISI leaders and campus administrators adjust their information management systems to allow participating MBKM students to transfer their MBKM program credits, in order to provide more opportunities for students.
Edufecta facilitated 160 private universities to accelerate the digital transformation of university education in collaboration with APTISI.
"We realize that in times like now, the need for technology is a certainty. This is where Edufecta comes in to provide real solutions for advancing the world of Indonesian higher education," said Ucu Komarudin, the CEO of Technomedia Interkom Cemerlang, the company that developed the Edufecta app.
“We saw the urgent need for a university information management application, especially to support the teaching and learning processes," Ucu added.
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