Academic Director of Vocational Higher Education became FGD Resource Person at PNL

Dr. Beny Bandanadjaya, S.T., M.T., Academic Directorate of Vocational Higher Education, Kemendikbudristek, was present at the Lhokseumawe State Polytechnic (PNL) and served as a resource person at the Group Discussion Forum (FGD) with the theme "Implementation of Project Based Learning (PBL) in Vocational Higher Education" on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Participants from various parties, including representatives of universities, the government, and businesses/industries in Aceh province, attended the event, which was hosted by the Director of PNL, Ir. Rizal Syahyadi, S.T., M.Eng.Sc., took place in the third-floor hall of the main lobby building.

Beny Bandanadjaya explained in his presentation that project-based learning (PBL) is a type of instruction that results in tangible products. The PBL approach can benefit both students and lecturers because it encourages creativity, productivity, collaboration, and finding real-world solutions to problems. The PBL approach will significantly aid students' development of soft skills. 

"One of the goals of PBL is to create alumni who are prepared to work at IDUKA, and the implementation of PBL on campus is very supportive in producing alumni who are ready to work at IDUKA, such as creating a product needed by IDUKA, IDUKA can benefit from the product while making the product, students and lecturers will benefit," he said.

If the implementation of PBL requires significant financial resources, the central [government] can provide support, one of which is through the Matching Fun program. The key to the success of PBL at universities must be the involvement of IDUKA, which must be mutually beneficial to both parties.

Beny Bandanadjaya invited practitioners to join and contribute to higher education in front of the IDUKA, one of which is through teaching practitioners. It is hoped that through this program, practitioners will be able to give students knowledge and firsthand experience of the issues and solutions in the IDUKA.

 “PBL is used in vocational colleges, but it is better to work with students over a longer period to help them develop a genuine sense of and attitude toward problem-solving.”