Indonesia Needs More Engineers to Advance National Development

August 26, 2019 by : BHP UMY

Currently, Indonesia is in need of new engineers. To that end, the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) has given a mandate to 40 universities to open Engineering Profession Programs (PSPPI). This move is in line with the 2014 Engineer’s Constitution Number 11 and the 25th Government Decree of 2019 that decrees the induction of 4.000 engineers each year. This policy is aimed to support Indonesia’s national development in many of its aspects.

The Executive Director of Indonesia’s Engineer Association,  Ir. Faizal Safa, M.Sc., IPU, ASEAN Eng explained that engineers play an important part in increasing the quality of an era.

“Engineering is an active response to change and form the environment to respond to current human needs. You can say that an engineer is the expression of an idea’s strength, and the will to solve problems in many forms,” He stated as the keynote speaker in the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) PSPPI Engineer Profession Induction Ceremony on Saturday (24/8) in the Graduate Building of UMY Central Campus.

Indonesia consists of more than 17.500 islands located in the equatorial line. Therefore, engineers face a bigger challenge here than in other countries. They must connect thousands of islands and unite the nation through roads, bridges, railroad tracks, airports, and harbours.

“We are grateful that we can continue to develop in this new era, like the US and Europe. We can even say that one of the most important centres of the world development dynamism in the last several decades is in Asia,” Faisal added.

He also hopes that all universities in Indonesia can stay consistent and create excellent academicians. “Higher education bodies have the responsibility to train young engineers. the PII (Engineering Profession Program) is willing to help anyone who gives their best to help build Indonesia into a distinguished country,” he added.

At the same time, Rector of UMY Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P believes that this Engineering Profession Program will continue to develop to a massive scale. “I believe that this program will have a quick development time. This means the public needs a wider engineering competence,” he stated.

Gunawan also added that the people who work in the emergency sector needs engineering experts to handle regions that are struck by natural disasters. “Engineering studies to help your peers in disaster response are a real concern for the PII,” He closed.

The Procession also stated the name of the four best graduates, namely Dr. Ir Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P, Dr. Ir. Sukamta, MT.,IPM., Sri Atmaja P. Rosyidi, ST., MSc.Eng.,Ph.D., PE and Dr. Ir. Sudarja, M.T.(ak)