Preparing Qualified and Certified Engineers for a Better Future

Based on the statement from the Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, Bambang Brodjonegoro, at the Indonesia Development Forum 2019 (IDF 2019) event in Denmark, the quality of BA of engineering graduates from universities in Indonesia is equal to that of senior high school graduates in Germany. How can Indonesia fulfill the quality of engineers in construction services?

In Indonesia, the number of engineers is 800,000 or 2,671 people per 1 million population. Meanwhile, the ideal number is 200 engineers per 1,000 people. This number comes from the universities in Indonesia that generates only 14 per cent graduates for the engineering sector. This is the lowest compared to other countries in Asia. For example, Malaysia has a ratio of 3,333 engineers per 1 million population; Thailand holds a higher number with 4,121 engineers per 1 million population; and the number of engineers in Vietnam is around 9,037 people per 1 million population.

One of the infrastructure projects in Jakarta that requires a lot of skilled workers

The Indonesian government has been promoting infrastructure development in various sectors, including roads, bridges, ports, airports, power plants and dams. There are plans to build 65 dams until 2019, which consists of 49 new dams and 16 follow-on dam works, all of which requires massive number of engineers. To build 49 dams, some 1,000 certified experts are needed. At present, only 400 certified dam experts are available. That is the problem found in executing dam programmes; and we are not even talking about other development programmes yet.

The Governor’s Development Expert of Lampung Province; Teacher & Researcher from Faculty of Engineering of Universitas Lampung (Unila); Head of Programme of Infrastructure and Aerial Technology from Institut Teknologi Sumatera (ITERA)

Graduated in 1998 from the department of civil engineering at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Dr Rahayu took her Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). In 2010, she earned a Doctorate from the same department at ITB. From 2011 to 2015, she served as secretary of the civil engineering undergraduate programme at Universitas Lampung (Unila). In 2014, as the lecturer and researcher at the Unila, she was appointed as the Governor’s Development Expert of Lampung Province. She is also active at the Indonesian Road Development Association (Himpunan Pengembang Jalan Indonesia or HPJI) and the Inter-University Transportation Study Forum (Forum Studi Transportasi Antar Perguruan Tinggi or FSTPT). Dr Rahayu is a member of the Indonesian Transportation Society (Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia or MTI).

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