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Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), as one of the largest pulp and paper producers in Indonesia, has made a direct effort to fill the gap and contribute to improving education quality in Indonesia. 

APRIL Inaugurates First Vocational Pulp and Paper Study Program in University of Riau

Being able to get a job in the field they studied is a coveted goal for any young fresh graduate.

Yet, this is easier said than done in Indonesia, when one of the biggest challenges faced by the younger generation is a lack of study programs which are in line with current industry needs in the first place.

With skills mismatch being a pressing issue in Indonesia, the government is pushing for a revitalisation of vocational education and training programs in the country, with the view that these programs will help to create ‘link-and-match’ job opportunities and address youth unemployment.

Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), as one of the largest pulp and paper producers in Indonesia, has made a direct effort to fill the gap and contribute to improving education quality in the country.

The province of Riau is well established as one of leading paper producing regions in the world, driving economic growth, but RAPP is aware that continued success relies on people having the right skills.

RAPP, together with Tanoto Foundation, has established the first Diploma III (D3) pulp and paper technology study program in Indonesia at the University of Riau (UNRI).

The six-semester program is run under the Chemical Engineering Department at the university.

As part of its support, RAPP and Tanoto Foundation contributed a new building comprising six classrooms, six research laboratories, two meeting rooms and a library for the students’ use.

Mohamad Nasir, Indonesian Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, inaugurated the program and facilities at a launch event held on January 29, 2019.

Welcome speech of Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti) of Indonesia, Mohamad Nasir

The minister expressed appreciation to RAPP, Tanoto Foundation and UNRI for their investment and cooperation, saying that he hoped the program would be a great example of positive collaboration between educational institutions and the private sector in improving and gearing educational quality in line with industry needs.

Among those also present at the event were Sihol Aritonang, RAPP President Director; Satrijo Tanudjojo, Global CEO Tanoto Foundation; Aras Mulyadi, UNRI Chancellor; and Dra. Arbaini, MT, Head of the Riau Province Research and Development Agency.

“This study program will not only develop more paper industry experts, but will also be a solution to the problem of an industry having to take in employees who lack the skills or expertise,” Sihol said.

By taking up the program, students are expected to have direct access to the world of pulp and paper, with support from guest lecturers who are industry experts and practitioners.

50 students are enrolled in the first intake of the program, 29 of whom are being supported with RAPP scholarships.

Meanwhile, Tanudjojo said that the launch of the program was on point, in light of the important role of the pulp and paper industry as a driving force for economic growth in Riau,

“With inspiration from our Tanoto Foundation founders, Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto, we saw the mandate to establish this Diploma III program, as part of our commitment to improving the quality of education in Indonesia.

“This is in line with our philosophy that quality education can accelerate the creation of equal opportunities,” he said.

RAPP aims to collaborate with more parties in the future to actively participate in strengthening human resources in Indonesia.

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