On Monday, 15 June 2015, GoLive Indonesia and PPIA University of Adelaide held a discussion series on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Better Indonesia Agricultural Products and Services”. The presenters are four Master Degree students of Double Degree Program between Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Innovation Centre (ECIC) University of Adelaide and Agroindustrial Technology IPB-Indonesia. Farda Eka Kusumawardhana, Karim Abdullah, Tri Susanto, and Nuraini Oktiningrum Adinda presented the result of their research project on this event.
GoLive Discussion Series aims to share research to those interested in the development and the innovation of agricultural products and services in Indonesia, starting from the upstream to downstream industry. Aside of that, this event also gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning experiences during their study in both University of Adelaide and IPB.
The speakers presented topics ranging from the innovation on the cocoa and palm oil downstream industry to the waste management in tapioca factories and green supply chain management (GSCM) in crumb rubber factories. Several challenging issues were found in the process of doing research. The first issue is about the different level of understanding that the SME’s have in the matter of innovation adoption process. The second issue is about the barrier in the relationship between governments, industries and academics in assisting the innovation process. The third, last but not least, issue is about how the innovation process in SMEs emerged from the need to change in order to survive the business.
From these presentations, it was seen that the SMEs are in a need to increase their innovation process, and to achieve it, they need the assistance from government and academics. The application of a sound and proper triple helix system is really important in Indonesia for achieving better agro-industrial products and services.
As a reflection on the dual degree program, Dr. Barry Elsey was invited to give a keynote speech about the learning program of double degree master students in ECIC titled Reflection on the learning experiences of Indonesian International Students 2014-15: An effectively applied innovative approach in collaborative adult learning and inter-culture university program management?
This speech focused on the learning experience of 17 Double Degree Master students in the University of Adelaide from July 2014 to June 2015 which was based on adult learning theory (andragogy). This approach views learning as a partnership. It is a discussion based learning method that empowers the students to have an ownership of their research. The focal points of this program are the students’ research project and the learning approach that is applied to them.
The differences of teaching culture in Indonesia and Australia become one of the barriers that have to be faced by the students. During the process, it was expected that the students would transform their mind set into a better understanding about themselves and their environment, as well as their core study subjects. Therefore, the practical learning supports from academics of both universities have become the attention of this program. Last but not least, as it was mentioned by Dr. Barry Elsey, we must see the university as a place that does not only store knowledge, but also as a place that shows the process of acquiring it. In that way, we can use the experiences we have in the future time.
This time, through this discussion series event, these four presenters represent 17 students of double degree master program from ECIC University of Adelaide and IPB Indonesia who have completed their final year. Congratulations for all graduates and we wish you the very best luck for your future career back in Indonesia. We are agents of change and we will work for better Indonesia.
This article was prepared by Anindita Rumanti Dibyono and edited by Nuni Novitasari