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Promoting Publications Through the National Seminar of Young Researchers Concerning Engineering and Construction

As part of the Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three main Responsibilities of Higher Education), publishing research results in the form of academic papers or scientific articles has become one of the roles that must be fulfilled by young researchers especially those who serve as lecturers and educators in higher education institutions. Scientific journals and research results also have other uses as a reference for nation building because various findings from research can be used by practitioners to solve real problems in their daily work.

Departing from this and concern for the low quality and quantity of Indonesian scientific publications (especially in the field of construction engineering and management), the Faculty of Engineering of Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) held a National Seminar on Engineering and Construction Young Researchers. The event took place on 4 August 2018 at Harris Hotel, Ciumbuleuit, Bandung. Carrying the theme ” The Role of Construction Management for a Sustainable Future ” this event was in great demand by various practitioners and academics who wished to join the discussion.

The event opened with remarks from the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Budianto Widjaya Ph.D. who emphasized the importance of publications, especially for researchers and young lecturers. He reiterated that the low quality and quantity of scientific publications in Indonesia is actually not aligned with the potential of its human resources that are increasingly competent so young researchers need to be more productive in producing new findings.

The keynote speaker session was started by Andreas from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing. He explained that infrastructure has become a vital part of nation-building and the development of private roles. “Don’t assume that our government is not doing anything, it’s just to build infrastructure, the government can’t go it alone. The capital is not enough, “for this reason he explained that the government often cooperates with the private sector.

“This (cooperation with the private sector) should not be considered as capitalization or the government surrenders to the private sector. This is precisely one way to fund and build more efficiently. For example with the Build – Operate – Transfer scheme, ” he continued.

The next speaker was Krishna Pribadi from the Bandung Institute of Technology. He discussed the actualization of construction services research. “The longer we (labor) the better we get and the smarter ones are also professionals, so we need further certification,” he explained. According to his observations, workers in Indonesia often have a wide range of work. “If we compare it with professionals and construction experts from Japan and Germany, they always have specifications in certain fields while we are in Indonesia, I am sorry to say , still minimal (not having specific field specifications).

According to him, we need to specialize ourselves so that the study becomes sharper in its level of accuracy. The role of construction service development institutions is also needed to realize this, including higher education institutions that provide more applicable professional education, especially in the field of vocational or diploma courses while universities that educate undergraduates focus on specialization in the field of study.

The topic of development is based on the concept of “green” brought by Wulfram Ervianto from Atma Jaya University. According to his findings, development based on the concept of “green” is more desirable in cities than in rural areas because the need for clean air is much more pressing in the city than in the villages. “In addition, if we succeed in making offices more dependent on green power that is environmentally friendly, then the workers will be more helped from the social side because when the night comes, they go home immediately. Not just working overtime, “said Wulfram. He also stated that regulations for green buildings in Indonesia already existed in the form of Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Regulation No. 05 PRT 2015.

After the keynote speaker session ended, the discussion session and the Indonesian Construction Management and Engineering Forum were held at the PPP Unpar building. Discussions in the forum dealt with the potential of research collaboration and the establishment of a competent and highly committed academic community to meet consistently and advance the field of construction engineering and management. Guided by Anton Soekiman, the discussion flowed congenially and productively between participants from various universities and institutions.

The participants who were registered as speakers at the discussion session were distributed in certain rooms to present their findings which were subsequently discussed by other participants. Some of the speakers were also students of the Unpar Civil Engineering Masters Program. One of them was Dedeng who was the speaker in one room.

“Needless to say, besides being interested in this theme, we as master’s students are also required to have publications”. A positive impression was also given by a participant from outside the island of Java, Helen from the Indonesian Christian University of Maluku said that this event greatly encouraged her interest in conducting new research. “I was very interested in the theme especially Pak Wulfram’s session who was one of the well-known speakers in the Civil Engineering academic field as one of the experts from construction management and hearing that I got a lot of knowledge in the future,” said Helen. She also praised a number of small innovations carried out by the committee, “Look, from invitations, registrations, and others. already using digital technology and using very little paper which is usually wasted. Sustainable Development from small things “, added Helen who also sent her research manuscript and was reviewed by the committee.

It is expected that this event can encourage the interest of participants to be more productive in researching and serving.