IPB News Update Agriculture and Forestry April 2022

IPB University Ranks 1st Nationwide in Three Subjects According to QS WUR 2022

IPB University is setting records with new achievements of ranking first nationwide in three subjects and one new subject based on the QS WUR by Subject 2022 list. These subjects include Agriculture and Forestry, Environmental Science, and Biological Science. This new release has also placed IPB University on the list of institution ranking for the Social Science and Management subject.

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Early April, QS World University Rankings (QS WUR) has just released their 2022 by Subject list. This year, IPB University makes the list in five different subjects: Agriculture & Forestry, Environmental Science, Biological Science, Economics & Econometric, and Social Science & Management.

QS WUR by Subject evaluates five indicators which includes academic reputation, citation per paper, employer reputation, H-index, and international research network (IRN).

For the field of Agriculture & Forestry, IPB University obtained the score of 73, higher than the previous year’s 71.3 score. With this improvement, IPB University has now placed first in the subject nationally and in ASEAN, while also placing sixth in Asia and 41st in the world.

In Environmental Science, IPB University has obtained 65.3, placing the university again in first place nationally, as well as 11th in ASEAN, 75th in Asia, and 351-400 in the world.

IPB University has also taken a place in the list for Biological Science subject with a score of 53.6, placing first nationally, 13th in ASEAN, 135th in Asia, and 551-600 in the world.

For the field of Economics and Econometrics, IPB University achieved a score of 53.2. This score has placed IPB University in fourth place nationally and 15th in ASEAN. IPB University also places 82nd in Asia and 401-450 in the world for this subject.

The latest achievement of IPB University in relation to the QS WUR by Subject list is making the list for Social Science & Management with a score of 60.5. With this score, IPB University places 6th nationally, 28th in ASEAN, 110th in Asia, and 451-500 in the world.

The Rector of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria, expressed that the improvements in ranking and these latest achievements show the increase of performance in working units and civitas of IPB University. He conveyed his gratitude to all components within IPB University who had worked hard and allowed these acknowledgements to be possible. These achievements mark our excellence in these particular subjects and in order to improve these fields in the future, we are welcoming even more collaborations with our international partners.

 

Creating a High-Quality Plantation Industry with IPB University’s Vocational School

Graduates of IPB University’s Vocational School have been equipped with the competence needed to succeed in practical plantation. The program offers various opportunities to gain extensive field experiences and certification acknowledged by the industry. The program boasts complete facilities including field laboratories and experimental fields for student advancements.

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The Plantation Production Technology Management Study Program under IPB University’s Vocational School is an A-accredited Study Program which had formulated its curriculum based on the Indonesian National Qualification Framework and Independent Campus, Freedom to Learn. It is a study program which teaches prepares students for the occupation of planter of plantation assistant. Ade Astri Muliasari, MSi, the Head of this Study Program, explained that a planter must have various competence which includes understanding of Workplace Safety and Health implementations, work planning and organization, planning of planting schedule, plant cultivation to harvest, as well as documentation and reporting.

According to Ade, the program boasts complete learning facilities which had received funding from the Indonesian Government through the Vocational Education Strengthening Program in 2020. These facilities are made up of practical laboratories including a chemistry lab, computer lab, processing lab, and tissue culture lab. Other facilities such as experimental fields are also available for student learning. In addition to this, the study program also has Teaching Industry facilities in TC Manggala Riau and PT Gula Putih Mataram Lampung.

Students can gain real practical experience through the collaborative classes held with palm plantation company “PT Minamas Plantation” and sugarcane company “Sugar Group Companies”. This allows them to graduate with the skills needed by the industry which are gained through field experience. This program also provides students with internships in industries, and training for both hard skills and soft skills, encouraging students to develop their leadership skills, independence, and discipline. Graduates of this study program are equipped with the abilities in land preparation; conduct surveys, evaluation, and mapping of plantation area; prepare plant materials; replanting; as well as plant cultivation and harvesting. These competencies are in accordance to the requirements needed for other occupations as well, such as division assistant, research assistant, extension workers, and entrepreneurs in the field of plantation. There is still a high demand in the industry for workers with these competencies, leading to excellent work prospect for the graduates of this program.

In Indonesia, the plantation sector is the highest contributor for the Gross Domestic Product in agriculture. Indonesia is the number one producer of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and fifth biggest producer of other plantation commodities such as coffee and rubber in the world. This means that the intake of human resource for plantation in Indonesia is quite high and has even increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as opposed to other sectors which tends to decrease its intake of workers. Other benefits for students which are studying under this program is that students will be graduating with the competency exam and and certification scheme which are acknowledged by the industry. The teaching staff of this program are composed of academic lecturers and practitioners from well-established enterprises with certificates of competencies.

To further support its students, this program has partnered with various international institutions to provide students with the opportunity of educational exchanges. An example of such an activity is the Student Internship Exchange Program in the Philippines which was held in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, students of the program have also attained various achievements in the non-academic categories of sports and arts.  Innovations produced by this program are, among others, a planter application for data tracer according to field conditions, digitalization of agro-climate innovation, and a land suitability map for plantation commodities. There are various fundings for programs and research which are available for lecturers and students of this study program.

 

IPB University’s Tani Center Collaborates with Four Universities to Run Agricultural Field Learning Experience for More than 200 Students

IPB University’s Tani Center has collaborated with four institutions across Indonesia to provide students with real life field experiences. Through this experience, students are given the opportunity to learn firsthand of the challenges and practice done in Indonesia’s agriculture industry. The program has successfully been completed by 154 students and is to be developed for the second batch.

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IPB University’s Tani Center has collaborated with Gerakan Petani Nusantara (GPN) to develop the participatory learning program “Kampus Sawah Merdeka” which translates to “Independent Paddy Field Campus”. This collaboration was held as part of the Indonesian Ministry of Education’s Independent Campus – Freedom to Learn program which was conducted by Tani Center from November 2021 to March 2022. This program allows students to experience real agricultural challenges straight from the field as it utilizes farmer’s agriculture fields as learning facilities. This program gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge from outside their classrooms and aims to increase the youth’s interest towards agriculture. As many as 233 students applied to the program while at least 154 students have successfully finished the program.

 

This program was held through three different types of activities which were lectures, field experience to the villages, and finally publication and report. The advantage of this program is its curriculum which has been designed to include not just small scope agriculture but also a more general scope of this field. It has been structured to facilitate community service especially for lecturers and students who have interest in the practice of plant breeding, production, and seed industry.

 

For far reaching impact, the program involves five universities and 10 locations of research farmers from five Indonesian provinces to increase the capacity and capability of the program implementation. These five campuses were IPB University, Wiralodra University, Bojonegoro University, Mahasaraswati University, and Sekolah Tinggi Pertanian Flores Bajawa (Flores Bajawa Agricultural College). While the program’s 10 research farmers were located in Bajwa, Tegallalang, Blitar, Bojonegoro, Sragen, Klaten, Magelang, Kebumen, Indramayu, and Bogor.

 

Listihani, lecturer of the program’s partner institution (Mahasaraswati University), expressed her pride for having been invited to collaborate in this program. Listihani also relayed her students’ excitement for the program due to the plenty field practice opportunities which the program provides. She also conveyed her hope for the second batch to involve even more students from partner universities. Prof Hermanu Triwidodo, the Head of IPB University’s Tani Center, explained that the second batch of Kampus Sawah Merdeka will be launched this year with the topic of seed production and seed industry.