Unsoed students apprentice in Japan dairy industry

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Unsoed students with the opportunity to take part in an internship in Japan. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Purwokerto – A total of 13 students of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry (Fapet) of Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed), Purwokerto, Central Java, have had the opportunity to take part in an internship program in the dairy farming industry in Hokkaido City. This program runs from the middle of February 2020 until February 2021, as a collaboration between Fapet Unsoed and several companies in Japan, including Betsukai Milk World Co. Ltd, Kage Farm Co. Ltd, and Suzukuna Farm Co. Ltd. 

Dean of Unsoed Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Prof. Dr. Ismoyowati, S.Pt., MP, said that the internship program was under the direction of the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Nadiem Makarim. One of his projects involves off-campus study for two semesters. 

“The Minister (Nadim Makarim-Red) asks all university leaders to be able to encourage students to undergo education outside the study program (campus). This activity can be carried out in two semesters, equivalent to 40-semester credit systems (SKS) and can be extended for another semester,” said Prof. Ismoyowati, as quoted by Unsoed Public Relations, Friday (2/14/2020) / 

He added that before starting the apprenticeship program students will receive Japanese language training. With a 12-month internship program, students will get an extraordinary life experience. “The experience of living for four seasons in Japan and the experience of using various types of production equipment in Japan will certainly strengthen the enthusiasm of students in facing global competition,” she said. 

Furthermore, Prof. Ismoyowati said, when students complete their industrial apprenticeship in Japan, all activities would be transferred into college credits. He hopes that through this activity students can improve the quality and transfer of knowledge from industry in the field to the learning process at the Unsoed campus. 

“All will ultimately support the improvement of the quality of learning at Unsoed and be ready to face global competition, with the opportunity to work or become an entrepreneur in the field of animal husbandry,” she added. (*/est)