Global cooperation in trade and labor mobility is growing rapidly and advancing. Each country is competing to maximize its ability to survive and compete, including Indonesia through various policies of Merdeka Learning – Merdeka Campus to prepare the younger generation to seize opportunities and answer future challenges.
This is realized by the Education and Culture Attaché of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington D.C., Popy Rufaidah. According to Popy, the Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology continues to be committed to improving the quality of Indonesia’s human resources, including business and management with the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP).
The Director of LPDP Scholarships, Dwi Larso, said that Indonesia was intensively promoting the advancement of young human resources in advancing the economy through the development of the real sector, industry with a combination of rich natural resources, international culture and educated young human resources with an entrepreneurial spirit.
“We have a great opportunity to develop the industrial sector, not only strengthening existing industries but also creating more new start-ups, supported by adequate infrastructure and efficient public services,” said Dwi in his speech at the Bincang Karya (Bianka) Webinar. The 17th series that discusses the Masters Program in Business Administration and Management in the United States.
The Talking Karya (Bianka) Webinar series, explained Popy, is a forum for discussion of young people who are interested in continuing their studies in the United States as well as a forum for research and education cooperation between universities in Indonesia and leading universities in the United States. The webinar was initiated by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Washington, D.C. through the Atdikbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to increase the interest of Indonesian youth to study in the United States through the LPDP Scholarship.
“The Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. regularly invite representatives of leading universities in the United States to present accurate information and hold interactive discussions about research and education cooperation between Indonesia and the United States,” said Popy. Popy acknowledged that the improvement of Indonesian human resources in the fields of business and management is very much needed.
The webinar was carried out thanks to consistent collaboration with the Indonesian State University Chancellor Council (MRPTNI) and the Ministry of Finance’s Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP).
“This webinar has been attended by many participants from various backgrounds such as staff from ministries, institutions, students and other work backgrounds, who really want to continue their studies in the US,” said Popy when opening the event (2/11).
Popy also revealed that Bianka is held regularly every week with various themes. “We hope that the interest of young people to study in America can increase,” said Popy.
A total of three Indonesian students in the United States also participated in the webinar hosted by the Head of the Masters Program in Management at Padjadjaran University, Mokhamad Anwar. The three students shared their experiences on all things MBA courses in America. Teresa Saraswati, MBA Student at Yale University, David Orlando, Student at Yale University, and Jordi Lokanata, Student at the University of Pennsylvania.
The three shared their reasons for choosing to study MBA in the United States. David, for example, said that he chose America because he considered the period of study that he thought was sufficient to learn the things he really wanted to learn in the curriculum.
“The reason I chose the first MBA in the United States was because it was a two-year program. Judging from the length of the study, I think this is enough to learn the things I want to learn,” David Orlando. In addition, another thing that makes him steady in studying MBA in America is the integration between his business school and institutions in general, such as the Yale School of Management and Yale University.
“This is important considering that studying business alone is not enough. We also need to study the field that we will pursue. When we want to make a business in the environmental field, for example about sustainability, we not only need to study the economy but also need to learn about the environment itself,” explained David as an example.
Meanwhile, Jordi shared tips on choosing the right school. “There are at least six criteria that can be used as the basis for selection, such as the area of excellence of the school, curriculum, facilities, career experience you want to build, social life, and after-school networking. “Friends need to find out the advantages of the school and adjust it to the goals you want to get from this MBA program,” explained Jordi.
The three students also shared experiences during their studies in the United States, both academic and non-academic. They admitted that they had many memorable experiences while studying, such as the experience of discussing with important world figures and the experience of participating in various important events.
David claimed to have gained global experience while he was studying. He said, “Usually MBA programs will have events such as exchanges, study tracks, or just regular tracks. There is also work experience that is global in nature. For example, at Yale there is Global Social Entrepreneurship, where we are consultants but for social entrepreneurship in developing countries,” said David.
Lastly, Teresa, provides insight into the opportunities for MBA graduates to work both in multinational companies and in many companies in Indonesia. “In the business sector, usually companies will hold a recruitment process on business campuses and mostly in America. But if you want to work for a global company in Indonesia. They also accept many MBA graduates,” explained Teresa.
For information, the recording of the Bianka Series-17 Webinar live broadcast can be accessed on the official Facebook page of Atdikbud USA with the link https://bit.ly/fb-watch-bianka17.*** (Source:kemdikbud.go.id)