SEMARANG – Geodesy Engineering Study Program of Faculty of Engineering Diponegoro University (UNDIP) has set a target of achieving IABEE (The Indonesian Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) accreditation in 2021. The process for Independent Accreditation of Indonesian Engineering Education is part of the strategy to support Undip to become a world class university.

Head of Geodesy Engineering Study Program, Faculty of Engineering Diponegoro University (UNDIP), Dr. Yudo Prasetyo, S.T., M.T., said that the IABEE Certification application has been submitted since 2020. In fact, the assessment and validation process is carried out in November 2020. “We continue to carry out the process. Hopefully there will be a final decision at the end of March,” said Yudo Prasetyo, on Monday (8/3/2021).

Even though it is still relatively new, Geodesy Engineering Study Program which was established in 2004 with the issuance of Decree of Director General of Higher Education No.3774/D/T/2004 dated September 15th 2004 has made an achievement to be proud of. “One of them was when we succeeded in graduating alumni in 2009,” said Yudo Prasetyo.

This Geodesy Engineering Study Program which produces graduates with degree in Bachelor of Engineering has also continued to improve its accreditation. Accreditation Certificate A from National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (Badan Akreditasi Nasional Perguruan Tinggi) can be obtained in 2018. Department of Geology, Faculty of Engineering, Undip has also obtained K3 Certification and has achieved ISO 9001:2015 for educational quality management.

To strengthen its reputation in the global era, Geodesy Engineering Study Program is targeting the title of excellence by applying for IABEE Accreditation. This institution fostered by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) is chosen because of its recognized reputation. “IABEE as an independent, non-profit organization established by Indonesian Engineers Association (Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia) to foster a culture of quality in the management of higher education in engineering and computing. It has also been officially recognized by Government of the Republic of Indonesia,” he explained.

Geodesy is generally defined as the science of measuring and mapping the earth’s surface. In scientific and technological developments, the field of geodesy is affiliated with geomatics. The sub-fields of geodesy include Research Geodesy, Terrestrial, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Hydrography, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Land.

“The discipline of Geodesy as the science of mapping the earth has an important role in various sectors of government and industry in providing spatial data for various technical activities and planning to decision making,” said Yudo Prasetyo.

The science of positioning accuracy is very important in mapping, so in the field of geodesy there are various methods of acquisition and processing of spatial data which are the core of learning in Geodesy Engineering Study Program. The integration of theoretical and field practice in the acquisition of appropriate spatial data results in accurate and precise spatial data quality are capitals of expertise for graduates of this study program, in addition to self-development and soft skills that make excellent graduates.

Yudo Prasetyo revealed that the need for qualified experts who are responsive to geospatial problems is still much needed in facing the challenges of globalization and sustainable development activities for human resource needs. He added that education at Geodesy Engineering Study Program, Faculty of Engineering Undip is directed towards competitive advantage to produce professionals capable of designing, building, operating, and analyzing work in the geospatial field, especially in providing geospatial information that can be further utilized to solve existing problems.

The quality of learning in the Geodesy Engineering Study Program leads to a better direction and continues to organize itself. This is evidenced of achievements of Geodesy Engineering Study Program accreditation until 2019, that it obtained Accreditation A based on the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education Decree No. 929/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/IV/2018. This study program gets ready to become a Superior accreditation in the IABEE accreditation process.

For job prospects, Yudo revealed the large number of job opportunities in various sectors and government agencies, including the National Land Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional), Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), LIPI, BPPT, National Oceoanography Institute, Directorate of Land and Building Tax, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, BAPPEDA at both the Provincial and Regency / Municipal levels, Water Resources Management Office, Bina Marga Office, Public Works Service, Military Agencies (TNI/POLRI) and others. “The waiting time for graduates to get a job is approximately or the same as 3 months. That is based on tracer studies until 2018,” concluded Yudo Prasetyo.