The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Indonesia Discusses Partnership in Visit to IPB University
The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Indonesia discusses possibilities for a partnership between Bosnia and Indonesia in education. The partnership will focus on student exchanges and the utilization of IPB University’s Agribusiness Technology Park for innovations which empowers the local communities.
The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Indonesia, Mehmed Halilovic, MA, has made a working visit to IPB University on January 24th, 2022. This visit was made to open a partnership opportunity for both sides, especially in education. Halilovic expressed his gratitude to Prof Arif Satria for the warm welcome to IPB University.
The ambassador explained that IPB University was chosen to with initiate a partnership between Bosnia and Indonesia in relation to the development of education. This would open up possibilities of exchange programs between students from Bosnia and Herzegovina with Indonesia, especially at IPB University. Halilovic hopes that in the future, history will be made by having Bosnian citizens studying in IPB University.
Prof Arif Satria conveyed that IPB University was chosen as a partner university due to the university’s commitment of developing science and education which not only encompasses the agricultural aspect but extending to other scientific fields as well. The university is also active in advancing research and innovation which is published and released each year, making IPB University and innovation campus. One of these innovations is the Science Techno Park where inventions are down streamed to commercialize innovations to the industry.
IPB University also pays attention to community service which is regarded as a responsibility of higher education institutions. This is implemented through various programs such as the One Village One CEO (OVOC) program and the Agribusiness Technology Park (ATP) which are only a small part of IPB University’s community development and empowerment program.
ATP acts as a facility for IPB University to educate farmers around campus to adapt to technological advances. As such, their agricultural products could be more efficiently distributed to the modern market. Through this channel, supermarkets within the Jabodetabek area (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi) are, in majority, selling organic products from farmers who under IPB University’s supervision.
Halilovic had also visited ATP, accompanied by the Director of International Program, Prof Iskandar Zulkarnaen Siregar, and the Deputy Director for International Program Services, Dr Sintho Wahyuning Ardie. To close off this working visit, Halilovic expressed his hope for the partnership to be implemented within the near future. He also invited IPB University to make a visit to Bosnia before Ramadhan (April 2022).
More than 5000 IPB University Employees Have Received COVID-19 Booster Shots
IPB University has held a mass vaccination program for more than 5000 employees specifically for COVID-19 booster vaccinations. The type of vaccine shot was Astrazeneca as provided by the Indonesian government. The program was open for all employees of IPB University without discrimination of employee status.
More than 5000 of IPB University employees have gotten their COVID-19 vaccination booster shots. The mass vaccination program was done to increase the immunity of IPB University employees against the COVID-19 virus.
The Head of IPB University’s Health Unit, dr. Titik Nurhayati, explained that at the vaccination was provided for all IPB University employees without discrimination of their employment status. This includes employees who are civil servants, permanent non-civil servants, contract employees, as well as freelancers. The vaccination process was divided into two based on location: employees in Bogor City (held on January 25-26, 2022), and employees in Bogor Regency (held on February 2-3, 2022).
Doctor of IPB University Clinic, dr Naufal Muharam Nurdin, MSi, explained that the vaccination dose for boosters is half of the first or second vaccination dose. Since the only type of available vaccine was Astrazeneca, only those who have received the Sinovac/Biofarma vaccine for their first and second dose were eligible to receive the shots in this period, in accordance with government regulations. dr Naufal suggested adequate rest and breakfast prior to receiving the shots, as well as to avoid heavy activities and travelling out of town after vaccination. He continued to explain that the vaccine booster tends to cause side effects more than the first and second doses. Common side effects include fever, headache, and sore muscles which often appears 24 hours post-vaccination and usually lasts up to 3 days. He explained that side effects are normal and indicates that the body is responding to the vaccine and strengthening the immune system. To lessen side effects, adequate rest and at least 2 liters of water intake per day is recommended. Paracetamol could also be taken to treat fever and headaches. This program shows IPB University’s strong concern in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping of all IPB University employees with the proper prevention method: vaccination.
Dr Siti Amanah Represents IPB University at the Annual Meeting of Asia & ASEAN Center for Educational Research
Lecturer of IPB University’s Faculty of Human Ecology has represented IPB University at the Annual Meeting of Asia & ASEAN Center for Educational Research with Spring Institute: Fostering Excellent Next Generation. The event involved 15 higher education institutions from ASEAN countries. In line with the general theme of the event, Dr Siti presented on “Agile Learners Towards the Future”.
Dr Siti Amanah, lecturer of IPB University’s Department of Community and Communication Development under the Faculty of Human Ecology, has represented IPB University in the Annual Meeting of Asia & ASEAN Center for Educational Research with Spring Institute: Fostering Excellent Next Generation. The meeting was held virtually on February 6th, 2022, and participated by 15 higher education institutions from various countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
At the consortium, Dr Siti who gave a presentation on the topic of “Agile Learners Towards the Future”, discussed about how our current situation is filled with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, known as VUCA. To overcome these problems, there needs to be vision, understanding, clarity and agility to face current and future challenges. It is of the utmost importance for students to develop strong values, character, as well as competence to adapt to the changing times.
The necessary competence of these “Agile learners” in the 21st century include literacy skills where students must apply their knowledge to solve the challenges they face in their day-to-day. This would also require students to take the appropriate approaches to solving complex issues and how they would influence their environment in doing so.
As a reputable university, IPB University has designed a curriculum adjusted to the needs of students, preparing them to face future challenges. This curriculum keeps in mind the application method of taught materials. A comfortable and pleasant learning atmosphere is created to best support students in forming mindset, values, knowledge, abilities, and attitude which they would need in the future. Dr Siti further added that updated and vast knowledge literacy are provided to students while giving them the freedom to learn and independence to pursue their individual interests and potentials. IPB University lecturers are encouraged to implement flexibility to fulfill the various educational needs of students.