Free Learning Program of Independent Campus launched by Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim continues to be developed in various universities. Diponegoro University is no exception, especially at Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip. It is not only creating student exchange programs to other campuses, but Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip also wants to connect the campus and industry. In cooperation with PT. Charoen Pokphand, Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip created Entrepreneur Training Center (ETC) program.

In ETC program, it is hoped that 30 students from 3 study programs, namely Animal Husbandry, Agribusiness and Food Technology can experience a real experience of working in one of the largest livestock industries in the world. As stated by Dean of Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Waluyo Hadi Eko Prasetiyono, MS, M.Agr., IPU., when departure of ETC program participants’ event today, on Saturday (10/4) at Dean Building of Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip, that ETC is a link and match program between students, academics, practitioners and companies. It is rare for academics and practitioners to coordinate so that sometimes the material given in classroom is not coherent with what is in the field. Moreover the phenomenon of many graduates who cannot be absorbed by the industry, one of which is because they do not meet the qualifications. “With a program like this, it is hoped that students can know from an early age what is needed by industry and academics, so that they can work together with industry and practitioners to develop livestock and agriculture sectors in the future,” explained Prof. Bambang WHEP, his nickname.

This ETC program which will be held for 18 weeks, divided into 6 weeks of class sessions on campus, 10 weeks of apprenticeship activities (horticultural gardens, closed house cages and Prima Freshmart shops), and 2 weeks of carrying out preparation of business plans and business practices. On Saturday, April 10th 2021, a farewell event has been held for students to carry out internships in the field. Previously, students had also received 6 weeks of theoretical sessions in class by academics at Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip. The curriculum has been adjusted to the needs of industry and academic expertise. In addition, ETC program also brings in poultry sector practitioners to give students an idea that entrepreneurship in the livestock sector is also very promising. Before going to the field and during the program, students are facilitated to do a rapid test to make sure about their health condition, given the current conditions of Covid-19 pandemic.

Ir. Syafri Afriansyah, MBA as ETC Program Coordinator and Program Planning and Development Commission of  Charoen Pokphand Foundation Indonesia, also said that this program is expected to introduce the livestock business world to students who later will work in livestock industry, entrepreneurial world, or even creating startups in fields of livestock and agriculture. “On the other hand, this program will strengthen the network between academia and industry,” he said. Academics who often do research are expected that the results can be applied by industry. Moving forward together, moving hand in hand, for the advancement of livestock and agriculture sectors in Indonesia. (Kadhung, Utami ed.)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)