|27 Universities Join FORSTAT National Conference at UII|
|Sunday, 18 March 2012|
National Forum of Higher Education on Statistics (FORSTAT), along with Statistic Department, Islamic University of Indonesia on Saturday (17/3), as the host, held its 2nd National Conference. Located at, central library building, UII main campus, this event was officially opened by UII Rector, Prof. Dr. Edy Suandi Hamid, M.Ec, and attended by the chairman of FORSTAT, Dr. Ir. Hari Wijayanto, M.Si., and Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural sciences, Yandi Syukri, S.Si, M.Si. Apt.
Prof. Dr. Edy Suandi Hamid, M.Ec in his opening speech stated that, there were many importance of Statistic in various fields. In a broader context, statistical methods can be used to organize quick count process on legislative election, presidential election, governors’ election, and many others.
According to Prof. Dr. Edy Suandy Hamid, the validity of statistic survey was still questioned due to their objectivity because in the some case, survey was designed based on order of certain side. Hence, to solve this problem, Statisticians were forced to conduct the comprehensive education concerning the utilization of statistic method, such as by doing credible and valid research.
On the same occasion, Dr. Ir. Hari Wijayanto, mentioned that in some case, statistician jobs position were filled by worker who has no educational background in statistics. The increased demand of statistician was greater than statistic alumnus produced by Indonesian universities. Therefore, through FORSTAT, Dr. Ir. Hari Wijayanto hoped that the presence of Statistics Study Program in Indonesian universities could be increased. So the fulfillment for labor can be filled by the expertise workers.
Meanwhile, Yandi Syukri, S.Si, M.Si, Apt. delivered that prospective students have little interest in taking statistics study program since they have no clear information about jobs opportunity which are available for him after graduating from university. According to the data, the prospective students’ quota of statistics study program in both of State University and Private Universities went unfulfilled.
Furthermore, Yandi Syukri, S.Si, M.Si, Apt. also said that, for the last 2 years, the numbers of students in MIPA UII faculty increased, and even the statistics study program has opened two new classes. It seemed a positive contribution toward the development of science and statistics in our country.
On the other hand, the committee chairman of 2nd FORSTAT National Conference 2012, Kariyam, S.Si., M.Si., uttered that statistician are required in various job fields. Statistics study program at UII itself until now has graduated 350 scholars.
This association that consists of state universities and private universities from all over Indonesia has accomplished many programs that support the implementation quality of Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi Vision (Education, Research, and Community Services). This national conference covered many activities including statistic curriculum discussion, FORSTAT boards’ election, for 2012-2014 periods, and also set up a work performance plan of the organization.
The member of FORSTAT are UII, UGM, UI, ITB, ITS, UNPAD, IPB, UNHAS, UNDIP, UNMUL, UNIBRAW, UT, UBINUS, UNISBA, IST AKPRIND, Universitas Muh. Semarang, Univ. PGRI Adi Buana, Univ. Gajayana, IST Palapa, UKI Tomohon, USU, Univ. Halueleo, Univ. Negeri Padang, UNES, AIS Muh. Semarang and STIS Jakarta.