Master of Science Program in Information Technology (MIT) for Natural Resource Management, a collaborative program of SEAMEO BIOTROP and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), conducted a daylong workshop to strengthen its curriculum at MIT building, BIOTROP Campus, in Bogor, on 22 February 2018. This activity emphasized the purpose on creating a good international study program able to bear professional graduates which own excellent knowledge and skills and ready to compete at national, regional and international levels. A total of 56 participants including lecturers, alumni, stakeholders and students as well as resource persons attended this workshop.
In his opening remarks, Dr Drajat Martianto, Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs of IPB, explained that the MIT curriculum had better be dynamic following the current development and also preparing for future opportunities. The MIT program is a strategic program which has many utilizations such in mapping and modelling the agricultural fields for supporting food security. Dr Sri Nurdiati, the Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of IPB, agreed that there are a lot of aspects to enrich the MIT’s curriculum seeing its utilization. Dr Sri also concerned in the importance of re-establishing a joint degree program with abroad university for better improvement.
Dr Irdika Mansur, BIOTROP’s Director, stated that the MIT program is in line with one of seven SEAMEO priority programs on disaster mitigation. Through this collaboration, BIOTROP supports the MIT program to spread its beneficial contribution in Southeast Asia. BIOTROP also established Remote Sensing and Ecology Laboratory which may conduct a joint project with the MIT program in the future. Dr Irdika also gave opinion that Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) are very useful, especially to map the location and acid mine drainage which helps in determining the effective reclamation method of a post mining site.
In this opportunity, seven topics were also presented by the experts in the form of discussion forum, namely: