Thursday, May 21st 2015, Prof. Rochmat Wahab, M.Pd. M.A., YSU Rector, and Samel Rumende, Executive Director of Thiess Contractor Indonesia (TCI), signed an MoU to enhance the cooperation of both parties. The signing ceremony was held at the University Coordination Meeting Room at YSU Rectorate Building. Also present in this occasion were Prof. Suwarsih Madya, Ph.D, Vice Rector for Cooperation and Partnership Affairs, and Tony Borkett, Training and Development Manager of TCI.
“The university progress during the second half of 2014 up to 2015 has been satisfactory. YSU cooperates with not only educational institutions but also private sector institutions. Thus, we will support the cooperation programs for the next years,” Rochmat Wahab said.
In respons to the established cooperation, TCI Executive Director Samel Rumende said that as one of its cooperation programs also involve educational institutions in promoting and developing vocational education.
“TCI training center has been working with YSU to realise its goals as a training institute in relevance to Thiess’ strategies for innovation and work. The training institute also works with Vocational High Schools for providing workforce. This is relevant to the cooperation between TCI and YSU because YSU produces teachers for Vocational High Schools,” Samel Rumende added.
TIC is a multinational company which is based in Australia and Spain. The cooperation programs between YSU and TCI has been started since 2014, mainly involving YSU Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Languages and Arts and TCI Training Center. In April 2014 , The Faculty of Engineering has sent its delegates to TCI for a meeting in preparation for 2014 programs. The programs were teaching practice programs for students of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Languages and Arts. Meanwhile, TCI sent its delegates to be speakers at workshop for engineering lecturers , namely workshops on safety at the workplace and to conduct need assessment for the implementation of workplace safety management at the faculty.
The future collaboration between YSU and TCI will cover programs for international certification for YSU lecturers as trainers, sending YSU lecturers to TCI to develop an instructional model for vocational education, being the primary partner for YSU to establish a new undergraduate program that is degree in heavy equipment, realising TCI as partner for Technopreneur Incubator at the faculty of engineering, and sending YSU lecturers to teach employees of TCI. (Yuliana)