ITB Launches Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs to Encourage Collaborative and Holistic Education

Oleh Adi Permana

Editor Vera Citra Utami

BANDUNG, – Institut Teknologi Bandung launched the Multidisciplinary Master’s Program on Saturday (10/6/2023). The program aims to encourage collaborative and holistic education in ITB. The inauguration event was attended by the Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Jaka Sembiring, M.Eng., and the Dean of Graduate School and Chair of Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs.

ITB education has been leading to a multidisciplinary approach for 25 years. But only in 2023, a new stage of education in ITB began by the presence of 8 Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs under the authority of the Graduate School.

The Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs that will be opened this year are:

1. Medicine Technology
2. Education in 4.0 Science
3. Digital Technopreneurship
4. Smart System
5. Battery Material
6. Disaster Science and Technology
7. Sustainable Nature Tourism
8. Design-Based Leadership

In his explanation, Prof. Jaka emphasized the need for Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs as the answer to the challenges that came with development that demand collaboration. Multidisciplinary approaches are also needed to face the complexity of human needs that evolve from time to time.

According to him, the more complex our needs and the problem that we face, then the right solutions are also more comprehensive. Integrating various scientific fields through multidisciplinary approaches allows us to solve problems more effectively and holistically.

"Humanity's problems are getting more complex; only holistic approaches can solve those problems. Multidiscipline as a new perspective will involve a minimum of 2 scientific fields to solve specific problems through education, research, and community service," said Prof. Jaka.

Multidisciplinary Master’s Program is the result of collaboration between study programs that have existed in ITB previously. However, differently for Medicine Technology Study Program, in addition to collaborating with ITB's study program, also collaborates with the Medicine Study Program Universitas Padjajaran. Each of the opened Multidisciplinary Master’s Programs aims to solve specific problems in this modern age that have become increasingly complex.

The Multidisciplinary Master’s Program in Medicine Technology aims to synergize technology implementation and engineering with medical analysis, which includes prevention, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation.

The 4.0 Science Education aims to anticipate the changes in education's characteristics in this modern age by integrating digital-based science learning and encouraging students' innovation and creativity as the center of the learning process.

Digital Technopreneurship aims to build vital perspectives to create creative and innovative solutions. The created solutions will then be developed to create business opportunities in the context of the industry.

The Smart System aims to prepare human resources that can create intelligent system-based solutions by utilizing the latest technologies to answer human needs that continue to evolve.

Battery Material aims to prepare new engineers with relevant skills in the battery material sector from natural resources synthesize to battery performance measurement. This multidiscipline was created to anticipate the shift into electric vehicles.

Disaster Science and Technology aims to increase Indonesia's human resources capabilities in terms of disaster prevention and responses through strengthening research and the implementation of science and technology.

Sustainable Nature Tourism is a collaboration between the District and City Planning Study Program and Bio Management Study Program to encourage the development of nature-based tourism to reach sustainable development goals.

Design-based Leadership aims to cultivate leadership capabilities by understanding social dynamics, culture, and environment based on empathy, creativity, and innovation.

Reporter: Hanifa Juliana (District and City Planning, 2020)
Translator: Favian Aldilla R (Civil Engineering, 2019)

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