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Indonesian university partners to produce future-ready students

Photo Credit: University of Brawijaya

The University of Brawijaya recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a ride-hailing app in order to increase awareness and knowledge about digital technology.

According to a recent press release, the partnership aims to educate the nation.

The Partnership

It is part of the University’s dedication in producing new generations of learners who are ready to face the ever-evolving developments and changes brought about by the times.

Included in the partnership is collaboration in the field of business and academic development.

The University will select ten students who will be given the chance to work as interns at the company’s East Java office each semester.

This opportunity will provide the students a feel of what it is like to work in the real world. In addition, this will let them experience employment that utilises advanced technology.

Moreover, the students can learn about the business processes of technology-based institutions.

Students must be adaptive

With future trends always changing according to the needs of the times, it is essential for students to learn how to be more adaptive.

It is imperative for students to learn how to deal with these changes as they will be the leaders of tomorrow and will spearhead the nation’s progress.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding coincided with a guest lecture that is also a part of the collaboration.

Called “Digital Business: Opportunity and Challenges”, the lecture became a venue where speakers shared knowledge and experiences in the implementation of the latest technologies.

Advancing start-ups

In other news, another partnership will be beneficial for Indonesians.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Indonesia announced its partnership with a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund and accelerator to launch ImpactAim Indonesia.

The move seeks to boost the development of social entrepreneurship and start-ups in the country.

Indonesia is considered to be a growing economic hub in Southeast Asia.

A 2018 survey of Entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Indonesia showed the 99% of the country’s businesses are made up of MSMEs.

They are the key driving force of Indonesia’s economy, contributing 60% of GDP.

About the initiative

The initiative will conduct a nationwide selection process to recruit eight to ten start-ups.

The following requirements must be met to be chosen:

  1. Have raised seed capital or more
  2. Serves customers
  3. Serves the ​UN Sustainable Development Goals​ (SDGs)

The accelerator, for its part, will provide guidance on impact measurement, tailored business, and impact acceleration assistance.

The start-ups will then be showcased to prospective impact investors from around the world.

The programme itself will take place in Jakarta, with no fee or equity from participating start-ups, and will be running for 10 weeks.

The initiative envisions a world where tech unicorns and venture capitalists are tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Resident Representative of UNDP in Indonesia explained that the new initiative is part of UNDP’s role in championing innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hopefully, the initiative will open doors for many small enterprises, especially those in the Indonesia’s most disadvantaged regions.

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