Educational Institutions Must Introduce Technology at Early Stage
13 April 2018 01:55
Advancement in technology has nearly affected all aspects of life and thus required workers to improve their competence with a good understanding on how to use technology properly. Along with the changing trends in workplaces, educational institutions must adjust their syllabus to equip their students with relevant competencies.
“As a result of technological advancement, several jobs are abandoned while many new jobs are emerging. In response to this, educational institutions should introduce technology as early as possible to produce graduates that meet the current needs,” said Devi Ariyani, Executive Director of Indonesia Services Dialogue Council, during the Public Discussion and Dissemination of the National Services and Economic Community of ASEAN on Thursday (12/4).
This public discussion was brought by a solid cooperation between ASEAN Studies Center (ASC) Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM) with the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia Services Dialogue Council. The theme was “Toward Resilience and Innovative Indonesia's Services Sector in the ASEAN Economic Community”.
While talking about technology in the working environment, Devi believed that technology often raised the fear that humans’ works would in some ways be replaced by robots. In fact, if it is used correctly, technology actually allows people to improve their productivity and quality of works.
"Technology should make our lives better, not more complicated," she added.
Devi also explained how services sectors grow very rapidly in Indonesia through the facilitation of technology, especially information technology. With 88.1 million active internet users, Indonesia has become a very potential market for service providers based on digital technology ranging from transportation services, accommodation, job search to medical services. With such great potentials, she believed that more Indonesians should tap into the sectors as entrepreneurs or skilled workers, not just consumers.
“Companies like Gojek, Bukalapak, and others do not need to look for employees from overseas if many Indonesians are qualified in the technology-related field,” said Devi.
In regards to the role of educational institutions in the changing world, Prof. Catur Sugiyanto, Professor of Economics from UGM, reckoned that Indonesia should play a central role given its status as the largest country in ASEAN. Schools and universities must be able to educate students with relevant skills and competencies, so that they will be ready to work as high-skilled talents in various industries.
“From the competitiveness perspective, Singapore is still superior. Our advantage lies in the amount of human resources, especially when Indonesia will experience demographic bonus. We must direct our focus to encourage our human resources to be more competitive,” he said.
Prof. Catur also presented related materials to the strategic role of academics in improving the literacy of the service sector and Indonesia's position in realizing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Vision 2025. In the same context, this discussion was also conducted to enrich academic data and literature on services sectors, especially in relations to the AEC.
In addition, Dr. Rizal Affandi Lukman, the Deputy of International Cooperation, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Republic of Indonesia, enriched the discussion through his presentation on “Towards Vision AEC 2025; Development, Opportunities, and Challenges”.