On this occasion, we have the opportunity to apply and implement the USAID JAPRI module to lecturers from Pakistan who are participants in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) Project. The number of participants was recorded as 18 lecturers from various universities.
The Vice Dean for Student Affairs of the Faculty of Economics and Business Education (FPEB), University of Education of Indonesia (UPI), Dr. Lili Adi Wibowo, S.Pd., S.Sos., M.M., revealed this during an interview after accompanying the participants to meet with the Rector of UPI, Prof. Dr. H. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd., M.A., and his staff in the Partere Building Meeting Room on Friday (24/2/2023).
Dr. Wibowo, who is also a Business Management Education Lecturer, explained that the USAID HESSA Project is a continuation program from the previous program at UPI, the USAID So Independent Entrepreneurs (JAPRI) in 2017 to 2020.
“We have prepared presenters from FPEB, especially from the Entrepreneurship Study Program who have a certificate of competence in the field of entrepreneurship. In this program, we also provide basic presentations on entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Wibowo.
He added, “We explain the financial, marketing, and business model canvas aspects, and we also invite successful FPEB students who are entrepreneurs to present to participants.”
“We are very enthusiastic about this activity. The participants were invited to visit one of the successful FPEB student’s fashion business, Mayoutfit, on Jalan Gegerkalong Hilir No.9 Bandung City, and also to visit the Liwet Asep Stroberi Restaurant,” he said.
“We want to show them that what we do is not only theoretical, but there is implementation, and the impact is extraordinary,” he continued.
Dr. Wibowo further explained, “UPI was chosen because it was considered the best university in providing learning for the USAID JAPRI program. As is known, in 2019, the Ambassador of the United States Embassy to the Republic of Indonesia came to UPI to give appreciation. This is an extraordinary opportunity, and we are honored to be trusted by USAID with this HESSA program in Pakistan.”
“This is indeed a high appreciation for UPI,” he said. The 18 universities participating in the program are Lahore College for Women University, University of Engineering and Technology, National University of Sciences & Technology, University of Peshawar, Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Karakoram International University, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Peoples University of Medical & Health Science for Women Nawabshah, Women University Swabi, Sindh Agriculture University, University of Swat, National University of Technology, Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Higher Education Commission, and Institute of International Education.