Six Countries Meeting in order to Develop Indonesian Pedagogy

  • 16 Desember 2015
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Six Countries Meeting in order to Develop Indonesian Pedagogy

                "In terms of pedagogy, we can still learn a lot from European countries. For example, on vocational education, in Indonesia there is a paradigm that underestimates vocational school graduates," said Drs. Kuncoro Foe G.Dip.Sc., Ph.D. as the Rector of the Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya (WMCUS). Pedagogy or teaching approaches that lead a person to think and act innovatively is an undoubted necessity, especially in the global era nowadays.

In the Indonesian National Qualifications Framework (Kerangka Kualifikasi Nasional Indonesia - KKNI) contained in the Indonesian Presidential Decrees, it is clearly written that all stakeholders including business and other stakeholders must be actively involved during the learning program. This will make the higher education institutions to be able to produce graduates with global competencies of the 21st century, in this case, graduates with social, organizational, technical or computer, and art abilities.

As a member of ASEACCU (Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities), WMCUS has built an extensive network with top universities from around the world. The concern for the development of education and learning methods and strategies by both online and offline ways became one of the main concerns of WMCUS. Facing the challenges of globalization, WMCUS also prepares the students trough improvement of human values by the method of service learning. These reasons successfully led WMCUS to be the organizer of "Kickoff Meeting INDOPED - Modernizing Indonesian Higher Education with Tested European Pedagogical Practices," in November, 25th to 27th 2015.

The event was attended by 10 renowned universities from six different countries and one international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that present a wide range of education experts, research and teaching.The names of the university that will be actively involved in this event as participants and coordinators, among others: Turku University of Applied Sciences LEVER (Finland), INHOLLAND University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), Business Academy Aarhus - EAAA (Denmark), University of Gdansk ( Poland),  University of Seville (Spain), BINUS International (Jakarta), Universitas Syiah Kuala - UNSYIAH (Aceh),  Syarif Hidayathullah State Islamic University - UIN (Jakarta), Yogyakarta State University and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Open Learning Centre ( SEAMOLEC).

Present as a representative of the Turku University of Applied Sciences as the initiator of INDOPED was Harri Lappalainen, an expert in the field of Lifelong Learning. "Decades ago when I started working at the university, my boss taught me to work hard but still enjoy the work. Therefore, let us work hard and have fun. What we will do is not easy, because it incorporates people from two or even three different disciplines in an operation. But I believe the good intentions for the development of education in Indonesia is certainly possible to be successful, "said Harri who has a collective experience of more than 15 years working in a multicultural environment.

"We're focusing on studying and developing the application of innovation pedagogy, which is a learning approach that focuses on the development of innovation competence. This approach explains how a knowledge assimilated, produced and used in ways that can generate innovation, "said Y.G Harto Pramono, Ph.D. as the Vice Rector of student affairs, academic affairs, and cooperation of WMCUS who is also directly involved in all of INDOPED events.