We are now entering the age of Industry 4.0. As industry moves forward, education for prospective laborers has to catch up with the times and technology. UPI has responded this challenge by organizing seminars and training pertaining to technical and vocational education. Recently, Technical and Vocational Education Study Program of UPI invited two guest lecturers, Prof. Dr. Astrid Seltrecht and Prof. Dr. Frank Bünning, from Otto-von-Guericke-Universitat, Magdeburg, Germany to expand postgraduate students’ knowledge on Technical and Vocational Education.
The lecture took the theme of TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training), which is essential for inclusive and sustainable development because it teaches students to develop specific work-related skills and vocational practices. TVET is needed by many developing countries to increase laborer’s knowledge and skills, as industries has a crucial part in nation development. Prof. Bünning presented about TVET curriculum development lecture while Prof. Seltrecht presented about TVET Qualitative Research. Both Prof. Bünning and Prof. Seltrecht has written several papers, notably on TVET education and research.
According to Prof. Dr. Frank Bünning, who presented TVET curriculum development, TVET curriculum can be broke down into job specific skills, general skills, knowledge, behavior, tools, and machines. All of it are analyzed from a job that is want to be implemented in the vocation. He added, “a curriculum is a cooking book for students”. He added that in the industry 4.0 era, TVET education is very important because industries needed high quality labor that is educated and trained through TVET. He also added that TVET teacher education has to be a main focus because, in his words, “TVET teacher is the essential element for increasing the quality of TVET.”
In the end of the lecture, Prof. Bünning gave a beautiful remark regarding current industry situation: “Industry is changing. Its changing all the time. The only thing that is stable is the change itself. Thus, we have to think and act not only for today, but also the future.”
The fast-moving world and technology prompted educators on vocational schools to adapt quickly along the way to stay relevant with the times. The lecture was essential for increasing the quality of Technical and Vocational Education in Indonesia. It was an honor to have two distinguished German lecturers in UPI. (Muhammad Rangga Padika)