ITS Campus, ITS News –2020 has been a new momentum for Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) to enhance the quality of both national and international campuses. Therefore, ITS prepare for the strategic step of the period 2019 – 2024 delivered by ITS Rector Prof. Dr. Ir Mochamad Ashari MEng in the presence of thousands of civitas academica in the event of the Frist Speech of The Year by ITS Rector in Graha Sepuluh November ITS, Friday (10/1).
Ashari reveals, ITS has progressed so rapidly nowadays. This is evidenced by the rise of ITS rankings in several national and international ranking publications. One of them is on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings when in the year 2019 it ranks at 229 the Asia Pacific region. “In 2020, ITS is in 198,” said Ashari.
As well as in the international, Last year ITS was also awarded as the first best public university with wide-autonomy called Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Berbadan Hukum (PTN-BH) by the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (KEMENRISTEKDIKTI). Ashari also added that ITS ranked 4th in the classifications of Non-Vocational School College in 2019. “Of the five colleges with highest rankings, ITS is the youngest college,” he said proudly.
According to him, ITS has a challenge in dealing with rapid technological advances. This challenge is disruption robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace that is expected to happened in2030. That’s why six million types of jobs are potentially lost. “According to the World Bank, two-thirds of jobs in developing countries will be replaced by smart robots,” added this professor of electrical engineering.
Therefore, ITS has some strategic innovations in the period of 2019 – 2024 to face technological advancement in the future. The first innovation is the internal strengthening of ITS in various aspects. The main focus is on improving the quality of human resources and building a future educational ecosystem.
It is in line with the exposure of Vice-Rector I for academic and student affairs Prof. Dr. Ir Adi Soeprijanto MT that ITS will prepare a digital curriculum that will complement the current curriculum. Also, ITS started implementing an international curriculum with the opening of the International Undergraduate Program (IUP) class in several departments starting in 2019 years ago. “Surely besides formal education, we will also make ITS graduates have a good character and a national insight,” said this lecturer of the Departement of Electrical Engineering.
In addition to improving the learning curriculum for students, the ITS also fixes the organization. It is delivered by the Vice-rector II of Planning, Finance, and Infrastructure Ir Mas Agus Mardyanto ME Ph.D. in the form of converting two directorates under the auspices of Vice-Rector II into one directorate. “It aims to efficiency in the bureaucracy system,” explained the lecturer of The Departement of Environmental Engineering who also an alumnus of the Departement of Civil Engineering ITS.
The second innovation is ITS will contribute to the national scale to realize the superior human resources that play a role in the community environment. In this case, the Vice-rector III of Human Resources, Organization, and Technology and Information Systems Dr. Eng Ir Ahmad Rusdiansyah M Eng said, in 2020 will be carried out the development of faculty capability to continue the study of doctors abroad.
In addition to the development of human resources, ITS also produces innovations and research that directly impact people’s lives. Vice-Rector IV of Innovation, Cooperation, Alumnus, and International Relations, Bambang Pramujati ST MScEng Ph.D. outlines, ITS has several research centers that one of them is Science Techno Park (STP). This research center is focused on four areas. “The field is robotics, automotive, maritime, and creative design,” said lecturer of Departement of Mechanical Engineering ITS
At the end of his speech, Ashari expects ITS can produce innovations that can solve the problems in Indonesia. “Therefore, let’s develop ITS to be more advanced and achievers with a new spirit in 2020,” he concluded. (sen/rev/ ITS Public Relations)
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