The Jakarta Post
Pertamina University has announced that it is ready for the enrolment of new students for the academic year 2016-2017 in July.
The newly launched university, which belongs to the Pertamina Foundation, a social foundation affiliated with state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, aims to educate the human resources required for the development of energy sources, including new and renewable energy, in Indonesia.
Pertamina president director Dwi Soetjipto said the company's decision to establish the university was part of its efforts to participate in the development of the science and technology that Indonesia would need to face tighter competition among countries in ASEAN and globally.
'Indonesia must prepare to fulfill the need for quality human resources, especially in the field of energy, including energy research,' he said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.
Dwi was speaking during the launch of Pertamina University located in Simprug, South Jakarta, on Thursday.
Technology, Research and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir, the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry's deputy minister for energy, logistics, regional and tourism development Edwin Hidayat Abdullah, Pertamina University rector Akhmaloka and Pertamina Foundation executive director Umar Fahmi attended the launch ceremony.
It is planned that Pertamina University will have six faculties and 15 study programs, comprising geophysics, geology, oil, mechanics, electricity, chemistry, logistics and civil and environmental engineering. The new university will also provide study programs on computing and communication sciences as well as international relations, economics and management.
Nasir said the government warmly welcomed the establishment of Pertamina University, which was aimed at primarily fulfilling the needs of technical engineering. 'I support the establishment of this university so that there will be more technical engineering study programs established in this country. This is because our development needs a lot more support from manpower with special skills in technical and oil engineering as well as energy,' said Nasir.
Umar said the establishment of Pertamina University was in line with the industrial development, globalization and global economic growth, which had led to increasing demand for quality human resources, particularly those able to cope with tighter competition in energy management.
The Pertamina Foundation said it planned to further develop Pertamina University so that it could be a world-class university.
'We will do it in stages [...] Pertamina University must become an internationally recognized campus, based on a research culture that is applicable in the natural environment,' said Umar.
Built on a 6.5 hectare site, Pertamina University is expected to draw at least 60 students for each study program so that every school year it will accept at least 900 new students. (ebf)
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