Recently, Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Diponegoro University released students in participation of Entrepreneur Training Center (ETC) program on Saturday (10/4). The departure event was held at Dean Building of Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip. Undip is in collaboration with PT. Charoen Pokphand in holding Entrepreneur Training Center (ETC) program.

There are 30 ETC participating students from 3 study programs, namely Animal Husbandry, Agribusiness and Food Technology. The goal of ETC program is to provide a real experience of what it is like to work in one of the largest livestock industries in the world. In his remarks, Dean of  Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Waluyo Hadi Eko Prasetiyono, M.S., M.Agr., IPU. stated, “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 material given in classroom is not coherent with what is in the field. Regarding the phenomenon that many graduates cannot be absorbed by the industry, one of the cause is that they do not meet the qualifications. With a program like this, it is hoped that students will know from an early age what is needed by industry so that academics can be in synergy with industry and practitioners to develop livestock and agriculture sectors in the future.”

ETC program will be conducted for 18 weeks, divided into 6 weeks of class sessions on campus, 10 weeks of internships (horticultural gardens, closed house cages and Prima Freshmart shops), and 2 weeks of compiling 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 between 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, students are facilitated to do a rapid test to make sure about their health condition. Given the current state of Covid-19 pandemic, health is the main thing. Of the total 30 students participating in the ETC program, all were negative of Covid-19.

“Maintain Undip’s good name, be diligent and discipline in participating in Entrepreneur Training Center (ETC) program, obey the rules and health protocols,” said Prof. Bambang. (Utami-Public Relations)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)