Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged higher education institutions to provide students with knowledge and skills that are relevant with the present times.
Disruption in the fourth industrial revolution (industry 4.0) and COVID-19 pandemic, according to the President, has considerably changed the needs for knowledge and skills.
Much knowledge and skills have become irrelevant to the latest development, while new knowledge and skills as well as new jobs are emerging at the same time, he added.
Therefore, the President reminded university students to master knowledge and skills that are matched with the present and future needs.
The Head of State also pushed universities to collaborate with practitioners and industrialists so they can link universities’ talent and technological innovation with the needs of industries.
"We must invite industries to give lecture to the students so they can gain other experiences besides academic studies," the President said Tuesday, as quoted by the Presidential Secretariat.
In addition, he added, universities must also offer opportunities for the students to develop their talents and skills since each student is a unique individual that has their own talent.
The President also ordered old universities to revitalize their curriculums, learning methods, management models, and culture in order to stay competitive in the current development.
On that occasion, President Jokowi also ensured that the Government continues to establish policies that favor new development, while expressing hope that universities can develop a more progressive work methods to shape the future of the students and to prepare Indonesia in competing with other countries.