Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, held a National Seminar with the theme "Building Synergy between Universities and the Agricultural Industry in the Framework of Implementing Independent Learning on an Independent Campus". This national seminar is the culmination of a series of activities carried out in commemoration of the 45th UNS Anniversary at the UNS Faculty of Agriculture. The National Seminar was held online using the zoom and youtube platforms.
The seminar was opened by the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ahmad Yunus, MS In his remarks, he said that the implementation of Merdeka Learning Merdeka Campus is a strategy to improve learning among students in universities. The pandemic condition requires students to study online so there needs to be an adaptation process, both adaptation of habits to the learning curriculum in universities.
Higher education is a place for students to gain knowledge so it is necessary to adapt the curriculum to balance and trigger creativity and innovation of all parties and strengthen the implementation of independent learning in independent campuses.
In addition, the role of industry is also very important in the implementation of this MBKM. With the existence of the industry, students can seek experience, so they don't get bored just studying, and the paradigm of studying in higher education is not just studying but also learning how to work or work in various fields, not just studying to work.
Therefore, Sebelas Maret University has always been committed to supporting the independent learning program for independent campuses. UNS can become an independent campus so that it can encourage students to learn for life, the necessity to continue learning, explore talents and interests, achieve the tridharma collaboration of higher education and increase competency excellence in the new era of education, the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
Head of Dies Natalis at the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Dimas Rahadian Aji Muhammad, S.T.P., M.Sc., said that this national seminar was actually a series of activities carried out at the Faculty of Agriculture UNS to welcome the 45th UNS Anniversary. In addition to the national seminar, a series of events will be held on Wednesday 28 April 2021, including the FKPTPI Pre-Location, the signing of the MoA for all deans of the Faculty of Agriculture throughout Indonesia, the inauguration of the administrators of the Surakarta branch of the Association of Indonesian Food Technology Experts (PATPI) and the service webinar that has been held. held in early April.
Then, the chief executive of the National Seminar, Dr. Muji Rahayu added that this national seminar was held online because it took into account the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak. The National Seminar was designed by presenting the keynote speaker, Minister of SOEs, Mr. Erick Tohir and 5 speakers, namely Mr. Wahyu Kuncoro (PERUM PERHUTANI represented by Natalas Anis Harjanto (Director of Operations and Social Forestry), Ir. Syafri Afriansyah (PT. Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, Tbk.) , Vidia Paramita (PT. SMART), Dr. Jamhari (SEKJEN FKPTPI), and Dr. Kusnandar (Chairman of CDC UNS).
The five speakers were keynote speakers who discussed the synergy between Universities and Industry in the implementation of Merdeka Learning Campus Merdeka which has now begun to be applied in various universities so that it is hoped that universities in Indonesia in particular can cooperate with industry to support the sustainability of good quality education in general national and international.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samanhudi, S.P., M.Si, IPM ASEAN Eng. said that this seminar will be the beginning of the idea of ????cooperation between Universities in Indonesia, especially in the field of Agriculture, namely the signing of the MoA by the deans of the Deans of the Faculties of Agriculture throughout Indonesia. The FKPTPI Pre-Local National Program which is routinely carried out will also improve the relationship between universities so that they can work together to advance Indonesian agriculture.
This national seminar was attended by hundreds of speakers who presented the results of research or community service, both from universities and research bodies, companies and the general public from all over Indonesia, and hundreds of participants from various circles attended. In this national seminar, the papers presented are grouped into 11 sub-themes, namely land and water resources, human and institutional resources, livestock resources, agricultural socio-economics, food security and security, plant and post-harvest production technology, management of plant-disturbing organisms, forest resources. and ecotourism, biotechnology, community partnership programs and CSR, as well as empowering MSMEs in agriculture.