ITS Campus, Seatrans News – Department of Marine Transportation Engineering (DTTL) of the Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS) received a visit from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands in the new lecture building on Thursday (12/3). Having collaborated with the Dutch Government through NUFFIC in 2012, this time the department nicknamed Seatrans is back in collaboration with two institutions from the country of windmills, STC-BV and CINOP.
“The Dutch government has so much contributed to the development of this department (Seatrans, red),” said the Head of DTTL, Dr. -Ing. Ir. Setyo Nugroho. He thanked him many times for the Capacity Building program grant that was held through NUFFIC since 2012.
The lecturer who also studied in the Netherlands added, the program which was held through the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE) not only focused on curriculum development, but also on developing human resources in DTTL.
The grant program entitled “Capacity Building in Marine Transportation and Logistics Education and Research at ITS” was carried out by a consortium of several leading tertiary institutions and industries in the Netherlands. The parties involved included STC BV (as chair of the consortium), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Rotterdam University of Applied Science (RUAS) and Pantheia.
Running for four years, the program focuses on ten programs aimed at developing human resources in the field of marine transportation engineering. The ten programs are Vision, Strategy and Roadmap, Income Generating Unit, Professional Network, Organizational Structure, Study Programs, Learning Organizations, Research Programs, Leadership and Governance, Library and Laboratory and Teaching and Research Capacity.
Shortly after the program ended in 2016, in the middle of last year, Seatrans ITS was once again partnered with the Netherlands through STC-BV (educational and training institutions in the maritime & logistics field in the Netherlands) and CINOP (curriculum and education consultant institutions in the Netherlands). “The collaboration is to form an International Consortium to develop maritime vocational education in Indonesia,” explained the DTTL Chairperson, who is familiarly called Setyo.
The consortium was formed to develop the maritime vocational education curriculum which will be implemented at Surabaya Shipping Polytechnic (PPS) and Surabaya State Shipping Polytechnic (PPNS). Continuing the collaboration, on Thursday (12/3) at the ITS Rectorate, Seatrans together with STC-BV and CINOP renewed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and will provide various training related to curriculum implementation in PPS and PPNS.
After the signing of the MoU, the group led by Her Excellence Cora van Nieuwenhuizen visited the new DTTL lecture building which will soon be inaugurated tomorrow (13/3). Like meeting with old friends, the DTTL academic community and the group from the Netherlands exchanged stories and impressions.
Do not stop there, Setyo admitted that with the establishment of various series of cooperation, the Department of Sea Transportation Engineering is more mature and developing. In fact, until this year DTTL has helped to establish similar departments in several universities in Eastern Indonesia. “Our role is now increasing, not only accepting but also helping other universities become better,” he said.
“It is hoped that this collaboration will bring benefits not only to the Department of Sea Transportation Engineering or ITS, but also to the entire Indonesian nation,” said Setyo. (Dnr / yus)
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