Faculty of Agricultural Technology Brawijaya University held Curriculum Workshop with the theme “Competency of FTP Alumni Welcome Global Market” in Hall of FTP on second floor on Saturday 29/08/2015 started from 8 am. As speakers in this event are experts of Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), Association of Agricultural Engineering (PERTETA), Association of Indonesia Food Technology Experts (PATPI), and Association of Agro-industry Technology Profession (APTA).
“It is important to determine the core of competency in arranging curriculum. For instance coffee milk and milk coffee. In a second maybe it will be the same but because of different competency it will produce different taste. In the making of coffee milk we will need more coffee and a little milk until the coffee is still taste. Opposite with that, in milk coffee we need more milk than coffee. Thus we will get milk coffee tasted. Then it is the same with study program, maybe sometimes there are some similar names in a second. For instance Study Program of Bio-process Engineering, there are some of it under covered by chemistry but also some of it under covered by Agriculture Engineering. Of course the competency score of each bio-process are different then produce different alumni competency. Thus competency score deciding is really influential to the quality and skill of alumni in the future,” Education and Student Director of DIKTI, Dr.Ir.Illah Sailah, M.Sc., in front of about 150 participants of workshop from party of Agricultural Technology whole of East Java.
Next session was material explanation by Indonesia Association of Food Technology Expert (PATPI). In his explanation Prof.Dr.Ir.Umar Santoso, M.Sc explained, “The part of profession association is really needed to formulate description and attainment of education according to each field in order to develop equality qualification level and program graduates in the same study. Hence should be in the curriculum of Food Science / Technology Food / Agricultural Technology based on standards that have been established by decree PATPI number 03 / SK-PATPI / XVII / 2013 according KKNI. In addition it should be the formulation of outcomes of learning also refers to the competency standards recommended Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), which classifies the realm of the core competencies of food technology into five domains, namely food chemistry and analysis, food safety and microbiology, food processing and engineering, applied food science and success skills, ” He explained.
Meanwhile in his presentation, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Purwantara, M. Agr., of the Association of Agricultural Engineering (PERTETA) describes the transformation of agricultural engineering curriculum into the curriculum of agricultural and bio-systems engineering. “The development of molecular biology and information technology very quickly encourage the development of science in biology engineering interface so that agriculture must be more scientific in explaining each bios process or science-based agriculture. Please also note that bio-system broader than agriculture. Then also agricultural practices had caused environmental damage fosters the idea of the necessity of understanding the interaction between the world of agriculture with the surrounding environment. The demands of environmental sustainability in the region, namely the region biosphere interface (interface) and the area of overlap (overlap) between the atmosphere, the lithosphere (land) and hydrosphere. By understanding the meaning of the Bio-systems and Engineering of Bio-systems and we recognize the need to change the mind-set of the original oriented disciplines based application into the direction of science-based engineering with a more holistic scope with environmental sustainability as a key benchmark. Thus the expected future profile of graduates of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-systems is a designer, manager, systems analysts, developers of science and technology as well as entrepreneurs to have the core competencies of the ability to identify formulate and solve engineering problems of agricultural and bio-systems and have a professional attitude entrepreneurial, responsive to the Science and Technology development and able to communicate effectively and adhere to the ethics of engineering, ” He explained.
In the last session Dr. Henry Yuliando, STP., MM. M.Agr. of Agro-Industry Technology Professionals Association (APTA) explained that what will be controlled by the student upon graduation should include communication skills, numerical, use of information technology and understanding of the methodology or of critical analytical capabilities. “The program of study must be published to help students understand the industry and study programs with the publication of a clear and easily understood. Curriculum design there must be a balance between compulsory and specialized subjects. Curricula must be able to translate the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the study program. Thus the curriculum was able to demonstrate the competence of graduates expected, “said Chairman of the APTA. (dse/translated by Ratri)