"We are very excited for Rockwell Automation to join USAID HEPI in helping advance Indonesia’s STEM capabilities," said Farhad Ghaussy, Economic Growth and Education Office Director at USAID Indonesia. "The connections we are creating between Indonesian and American universities and private sector partners will help Indonesia's effort to build a workforce with advanced technology skills."
The USAID HEPI project team will work closely with Rockwell Automation engineers to co-design and implement the teaching labs with HEPI mentor hub university partners, including Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Bina Nusantara University (BINUS), and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).
"This is an exemplar model of a public-private partnership developed through the HEPI project, said Jeffrey Goss, Associate Vice Provost, Southeast Asia for Arizona State University, implementing partner for HEPI. "Now faculty can engage students with industry-linked applied hands-on learning activities that support work-readiness on Rockwell Automation’s leading technology."
Rockwell Automation's technologies are critical assets used by manufacturers across Indonesia. Hands-on access to and training on these smart manufacturing technologies will better prepare university graduates for the digital transformation happening across many industrial sectors in Indonesia.
“Rockwell Automation has been working with USAID and Arizona State University, since 2018 to advance STEM education in the ASEAN Region. This has included faculty training, student competitions, and the development of advanced teaching and research labs. Now, through the HEPI project, we are bringing these capabilities and opportunities to Indonesia,” said Marcelo Tarkieltaub, Regional Director Southeast Asia, Rockwell Automation.
Once the HEPI university hub partners stand-up these labs and programs, more than 20 additional Indonesia-affiliated university partners are expected to explore the opportunity to expand the program further to more students throughout Indonesia.