The Jakarta Post
Indonesia’s largest poultry company, Charoen Pokphand Indonesia (CPI), has granted Rp 3 billion (US$210,000) worth of endowment fund to the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) to support academic activities in the institution.
CPI president commissioner T. Hadi Gunawan handed over the fund to IPB rector Arif Satria on Wednesday, coinciding with the inauguration of IPB-Charoen Pokphand Indonesia School of Business.
To be able to develop further, Hadi said, a company must partner with educational entities, especially universities as a center of excellence for research and human resources development.
To implement such a mission, CPI, through its charity institution, the Charoen Pokphand Foundation, has conducted a student adoption program since 1983, through which it has provided financial assistance to needy students from elementary to university levels. As of today, CPI has channeled education assistance to 3,320 school children.
While helping renovate education facilities, CPI has offered scholarships to 12 universities, including IPB. It has also given chicken coops to five universities, which planned to develop farms for teaching. CPI has also provided opportunities to students and lecturers, including from IPB, to carry out work practices in the company.
Partnering with Diponegoro University (UNDIP), CPI has provided Pancasila-based character-building training to 1,000 elementary and junior high school teachers. “We will continue to develop partnership programs with Charoen Pokphand Indonesia in the future, especially those related to education and research, that can tackle problems in this millennial era,” said Arif. (ebf)