The immense potential of Bekasi Regency serves as a remarkable laboratory for refining the competencies of UPI students. The collaboration between the Bekasi Regency Government and the Indonesia University of Education (UPI) extends beyond the Faculty of Arts and Design (FPSD) to encompass all faculties. This collaboration aims to support students in acquiring better skills, knowledge, and insights through direct field practice.
Following the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Bekasi Regency Government and FPSD UPI, along with discussions on the draft cooperation agreement, Prof. Dr. H. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., UPI’s Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs, affirmed these sentiments. The event took place at Sakura Park Hotel & Residence on Deltamas Boulevard No.5, Bekasi Regency, on Thursday (30/11/2023).
Prof. Didi Sukyadi reiterated that Bekasi Regency, as a comprehensive region, plays a vital role as the buffer zone for the capital. He stated, “Beyond that, Bekasi Regency serves as a supporting region for the capital. With the completeness and diversity it possesses, UPI students are expected to gain exceptional experiences through their involvement in the collaboration between FPSD and Bekasi Regency.”
The involvement of students in this collaboration is through the Independent Campus Learning Program (MBKM or Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka), he mentioned. Meanwhile, for the faculty members, collaboration can be achieved through research and community service.
Prof. Didi Sukyadi emphasized, “The collaboration between the Bekasi Regency Government and FPSD UPI is crucial and beneficial for both parties. A tangible implementation is leveraging the academic capabilities of both lecturers and students to help realize the work programs of Bekasi Regency’s Regional Work Units (SKPD).”
Six departments within the Bekasi Regency Government have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). These include the Department of Creative Works and Spatial Planning, the Department of Communication, Informatics, Cryptography, and Statistics, the Department of Education, the Department of Culture, Youth, and Sports, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Also present at the event were Prof. Dr. Phil. Yudi Sukmayadi, M.Pd., the Dean of FPSD UPI, Prof. Dr. Trianti Nugraheni, M.Si., the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of FPSD, and heads of various study programs within FPSD.