Kedaireka was a breakthrough initiated by the Directorate General of Higher Education (Ditjen Dikti) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek), which at that time was still called the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud).
Kedaireka is designed as a meeting place for universities and the business and industrial world (DUDI)—without exception for small companies—to collaborate to create various innovations. Since its launch last December 2020, the Kedaireka platform has continued to grow.
Noted, the number of registered users in Kedaireka reached 20,705.
In it, there are users who are members of the Higher Education, namely lecturers at universities, as many as 17,539.
This number shows that Kedaireka has opened up opportunities for university lecturers to collaborate on the basis of equality and openness.
The collaboration of lecturers is also more targeted in contributing findings and solutions because they are connected with more than 800 industrial entities and the business world in Indonesia, ranging from Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM), State-Owned Enterprises.
(BUMN), Regional Governments and Multinational Companies.
Thus, it is easier for them to find opportunities from specific needs in each industry.
Meanwhile, the total number of industrial users is 3,166 users.
The industries in question come from various business and industrial entities as mentioned above.
Kedaireka is proven to have opened up opportunities for collaboration and to collect solution ideas because it allows superior people of higher education to form networks.
Kedaireka also accommodates 2,634 contributions of quality solutions as well as a form of the government’s ongoing support.
The compatibility level obtained between universities and industry on this platform is at 20 percent.
Meanwhile, the average compatibility with universities is 5 percent.
In addition, there are 1,733 compatibility points between industry and universities that have been successfully created in Kedaireka.
As stated by the Acting Director General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology (Dirjen Diktiristek), Nizam, collaboration between DUDI and universities is important, because the economy continues to innovate.
“We cannot continue to rely on imports, whether for food, health, manufacturing and various other needs,” said Nizam.
Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Paristiyanti Nurwardani said the government prepared grant funds to facilitate collaboration programs between universities and industry to create an accelerated creation ecosystem on the Kedaireka platform.
He also invited Kedaireka to become a joint house or a collaboration house that could bring together inventors and investors.
“The Kedaireka platform will be open 24 hours for inventors and investors to have a dialogue, produce works that can be useful for the progress of the country,” said Paris.
In addition, Paris also invites industrial practitioners to join as practitioner lecturers and extraordinary lecturers at the Ministry of Education and Culture, especially in public and private universities, and invites lecturers to disseminate their work through Kedaireka.
Kedaireka is a program under the Directorate General of Diktiristek, Kemendikbudristek.
Therefore, in order to be able to build a good cooperative ecosystem between industry and universities, Kedaireka continues to communicate and collaborate with various ministries, such as:
- Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin), Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
- Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf), Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN),
- and Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration.
Kedaireka also provides training to universities, campuses and industry related to making proposals, business presentations to potential investors (pitching) products, marketing strategies or other things that can help increase potential matching (matching) between the two parties.
Kedaireka understands that the low level of compatibility between industry and higher education is sometimes caused by the different “language” between the two stakeholders.
Therefore, Kedaireka regularly organizes matchmaking forums between industry and universities.
This is used to build an ecosystem of cooperation between the two.
Matchmaking forums must use a hybrid model by holding online and offline meetings by raising certain (thematic) topics.
In addition, Kedaireka cooperates with Telkom in order to create an innovation ecosystem based on startup businesses.
This program departs from existing programs from Telkom, which have problems and want to be resolved through outreach to universities to then make a pilot as a solution.
Kedaireka continues to develop the platform by encouraging the development of features that are expected to make Kedaireka truly a center of gravity for cooperation between industry and universities.
Kedaireka also continues to convey messages of collaboration to encourage collaboration between campuses and industry in various parts of Indonesia.
Kedaireka also encourages the holding of high-level coordination meetings to bring together industry and universities.
At the meeting, all prominent figures from the industry and universities were presented.
Thus, a space is created to provide information and opportunities to the public about the Kemendikbudristek agenda.
Innovation is an inseparable part of the world of education.
With innovation, it is hoped that education, especially higher education will be more advanced and superior human resources can be achieved well.
Following up on this, the Directorate General of Higher Education and the Directorate General of Vocational Studies collaborated with the industry to create a platform that would facilitate the cooperation between the two Directorate Generals and the industry to take place or be accelerated more quickly.
Several industries will synergize to strengthen the achievement of acceleration.
The achievement of DUDI synergy (Business World and Industrial World) can be implemented with the involvement of various parties Plt.
The Director General of Higher Education, Nizam, said that the Directorate General of Higher Education has initiated a policy to intensively collaborate with innovators with investors so that sustainable innovation collaboration occurs.
At the meeting, the Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Paristiyanti Nurwardani conveyed information that so far there have been collaborations with 104 SOEs.
In addition, collaboration is carried out with the Ministry of PUPR regarding student internships and graduate certification, according to him, this year, 60,000 internship students are also planned.
However, this synergy effort does require a continuous commitment.
“The platform launch is planned in October during the commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day, while the platform itself will be completed in August at least.
Later this is the result of teamwork between the IT team of the Directorate General of Higher Education, the innovation acceleration team, and the industry team itself,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Achmad Aditya, one of the Kemendikbud-Dikti Innovation Acceleration Team, said that it was necessary to build an ecosystem and implement the pentahelix model.
Then according to him, building the ecosystem is intended for all parties and sectors.
Furthermore, he gave examples that the ecosystems that have been built include energy development in villages, as well as disaster signal strengthening technology.
“The ecosystem development process will bring together inventors and innovators and the active involvement of stakeholders, this is full of challenges.
However, the platform will be one way to make this easier,” he said.
The process of creating this platform will continue, and it is hoped that with this platform, later the cooperation and partnership between the world of higher education with the business world and the industrial world will be more advanced, encourage collaboration, open up opportunities for innovation from various regions so that innovations created from both there will be more and more parties and the benefits can be felt directly by the community.