ITC Indonesia's 2018 Summit for Leaders
Success in Today's Global Market: a Workforce Certified in Digital Literacy and Communication English
Your Excellency Ambassador Sudrajat, valued and distinguished speakers from overseas and Nusantara Indonesia, honoured guests and leaders from Government, education institutions, businesses and corporations, Good Morning and Welcome to ITC Indonesia’s 2018 Summit for Leaders.
It is very timely that we are getting together to share, discuss and network with each other on the subject of building a Workforce that is ready to participate, compete and succeed in today’s super-fast changing world. Our lifestyle, business landscape and job market are changing so rapidly, it has become somewhat unnecessary and even maybe a little redundant to debate the need to adapt to these changes. We just have to adapt. And adapt quickly, wisely and selectively, so that the people who come after us, who look to us for guidance, for learning, for education and role modelling can adapt and do better than we have done. Just think, how many of the jobs that we know and perform today will be around in the next decade or two? One of the speakers today will share with you an expert projection that says as much as 47% of the jobs we perform today will be eliminated 20 years from now. Conversely, millions of new jobs and professions will emerge. 20 years ago, jobs like social media manager, data scientist, mobile App developer, business process outsourcing supervisor, virtual assistant, telemedicine physician, Fintech executive and GoCar driver were non-existent. 10 years or less from now, jobs like drone manager, medical mentor, self-driving car mechanic and human-technology integration specialist, who is basically an IT specialist times 10 in terms of practical and applicable ICT knowledge, are likely to be in very high demand. The burning question that we must answer is what are we doing to prepare our students, young people and future generations for such serious job market disruptions and opportunities?
Lately, we are seeing governments of more and more countries, including Indonesia, encourage their workforce to acquire new skills, become more competitive and even mobile. There is constant mention of “SDM” or human resource development. There is also mounting pressure on the education sector to match their curricula and teaching methods with market and industrial needs. Officials and administrators are aware of the fast and strong currents of change sweeping our times. Some openly admit that their administrations are unable to generate enough employment to accommodate the growing workforce in their countries, and their challenges are becoming more difficult. Several of them also agree that international standards and certification are certainly one of the solutions.
For 10 years now, ITC has been gathering leaders, educators and HR practitioners to meet in forums such as this, ever since we realized the urgency of the mission to equip the Indonesian workforce with international certification, especially in vital 21st Century skill requirements such as Communication in English (or Communication English for short), Digital Literacy and even Critical Thinking. This mission has become our passion. The more we work in this mission, the more we realize that we are not alone in this endeavour. There are many others who are as visionary, concerned and determined to help make a positive difference to our workforce, our young people and our future generations. I believe that some of you in the Summit today are working very hard and relentlessly to make that difference. To those who are have already got on the train and embarked on the development journey, my ITC colleagues and I salute you and extend our hand, in goodwill and friendship, to collaborate and cooperate with you. The burden is less heavy when there are more shoulders sharing the load; the stress less difficult to bear when there are more heads and hearts working in tandem, sharing ideas, inspiration, knowledge and expertise.
So here we are again this year. We had looked forward to hosting this Summit and to meeting you. We earnestly hope that our Summit speakers and participants will focus, share and make this event count. We also encourage all of us to network and become strong catalysts in the value chain to promote Communication English and Digital Literacy for a better and readier workforce. As there is very little time and few resources to waste, let me set an example by getting the wheels of this Summit in motion quickly.
Once again, good morning and I welcome you, ladies and gentlemen.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the additional pleasure of introducing our Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker to you. He is His Excellency Ambassador Sudrajat, a former Director General of the Ministry of Defence. Bapak Sudrajat has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, something very rare for a TNI General in the New Order era. He is therefore a soldier and a scholar. You will find him engaging, down-to-earth and very friendly.
Oh, I would also like to take the opportunity to explain how Ambassador Sudrajat has come to take the place of Her Excellency Minister Susi Pudjiastuti in this Summit. Ibu Susi regrettably has to host an important international conference in Bali today. Ibu Susi and Bapak Sudrajat are very close friends. They admire and support each other mutually, in public duties as well as private enterprise. Bapak Sudrajat had been both President Komisaris as well as President Director of Susi Air, having been there since its founding, and is currently still a senior advisor in the airline. They have many things in common, Ibu Menteri Susi and Bapak Dubes Sudrajat, including a down-to-earth personality and great communication skills. Therefore, Bapak Sudrajat is a natural and perfect choice to take the place of Ibu Susi in this Summit.
Before I hand the rostrum over to Ambassador Sudrajat, let me play you a video that will give you a better idea of His Excellency…..
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ITC Indonesia's 2018 Summit for Leaders
By age and experience. Yes, no doubt that I am quite senior.. and if we’re talking about experience I will say that nobody has it perfect. I have worked in fields from government to private sector and even self employed. Even until now I am still working. Others may see me as a successful old man. But What does it mean to be a successful man?
I have been through a lot in my career, from a young military officer to becoming a General, from domestic to international appointments. In Private sector I was an adviser to Rolls Royes and CEO of an airline, and I am also now in the business of buying and selling fish. I have not stopped. We should never retire. I know we all have an expiration date, but until then there’s always room for growth. And I would not be where I am today if I had no ability of speaking and understanding English.
The English language is a predominant factor. Today the world is a village. It is totally connected. It has become one entity. It is together and above all it is one. The technology has been developing so rapidly and the English language ties is all together. Thanks to the Englishmen and the Brits who brought the language to the world. This is the beauty of an ugly colonialism by the British Empire.
There’s always a positive side over the negative, ..very natural.
Ladies and gentlemen,
In 2006 it was stated in “English World wide” a book by Professor David Crystal, that there is clearly over 1 billion people that could communicate in English. Today as The British Council states that English is spoken at a useful level by some 1.75 billion people, a quarter of the world’s population. It is taught from primary level and up in all China’s schools; It is the working language of the whole European Union. English is used more prominently than French on the news service France 24.
Its use is required of all airline pilots and control tower 24/7. It is embedded in today’s digital technology not to mention in all applications such as grab, uber, airbnb. All is mostly in English except when we are in China. But there are English applications in China as well. Speaking of China, more than ten years ago when I was ambassador accredited to China and Mongolia, the prime minister of Mongolia, a country with no historic link to English speaking power has decreed English to replace Russian in all schools.
And at the same time one in six Russians claim to speak English.
Ladies and gentlemen
English is clearly the language of choice for those with global aspirations whatever their political stance toward Anglo Saxons or Americans. Today there are 750 million English as a foreign language speakers ( for business and pleasure) and 375 million English as a second language speakers (on daily basis). Both are important. In the context of Indonesia as member of ASEAN , as member of G 20, English is a lingua franca , a bridge language.
How do we regard the English language in Indonesia
Probably one in few hundreds Indonesians claim to speak English… sorry I don’t have an accurate data. The issue probably the population growth is much higher percentage to the growth of English speakers. That’s one of the excuse.. That is why this Summit is imporant.
My personal observation is that most Indonesians have problems with English fluency. In Indonesia English is taught in all schools from elementary to High School. Yet students still have problem with fluency.
First we must acknowledge that learning English is actually learning the English culture. Learning how the English people think. In Indonesia, one of the many mistakes is that learning English is to translate Bahasa Indonesia into English. We mostly try to translate Bahasa to English with an Indonesian approach or way of thinking.
Secondly, Indonesians tend to care too much about what others think. They’re concern of what others think when they make mistakes such as mis-pronouncing a certain English word, for example. Indonesians have a tendency to laugh at other people’s weakness or mistakes. If you notice Indonesian humor/comedy shows, mostly the jokes are about taking pleasure of someone else’s unfortunate condition or situation.
So the issue is more concentrating at culture values and the method of learning. We can discuss about this issue for the whole summit. Again, our challenge is now how to promote English in Indonesia as a second language not as a foreign language.
Learning English requires one to think globally. We should start with educating why we should learn English and the benefit of being fluent in English. I believe with the right approach many more Indonesians will be able to master the English language accordingly. Many of our millennial generation or z generation have shifted paradigm instead of being salary men, they are more interested in starting their own Company. In this case of course no English means no money. They cannot go anywhere without English proficiency and the entrepreneurial skills.
As leaders today, we must provide them the means to develop skills to certifiable international level of expertise. My past experiences tell me that communication skills in English as well as digital literacy are key instruments to notable recognition and success. To succeed in this global village we must connect with people from other nations, which requires an excellent command of the English language.
I can add more and more the need of English like the rapid development of technology, the revolution of 4.0 era. Even today many young ladies in Indonesia only except married proposal from gentlemen who has English proficiency.
Ladies and gentlemen ,
I should conclude my remark, I would like to join all of you leaders in this ITC’s Leadership Summit to empower and motivate Indonesia work force to quickly equip with 21st century skills. Skills that are internationally recognized, skills that can be taken mobile throughout Asean and the rest of the world. I am confident we can achieve our success.
I wish you a happy and profitable Summit.
Mr. Sudrajat graduated from the Military Academy in 1971. He attended various education and training such as the Army Staff and Command School, National Defense Institute, several military education in Australia and the United States. He also obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University, United States.
During his time as Director General of Defense Strategy, Mr. Sudrajat was assigned to lead several international conferences. He became the actor behind cooperation between Indonesia and several friendly countries including Australia, America, ASEAN and China.
Mrs. Lilian Koh
Lilian Koh is an IT an Infocomm veteran with over 25 years’ experience, including nearly a decade in the government sector, working in large-scale computerization projects for the civil service. Founder of NIS Group and iCommerce, she successfully pioneered world first EDI over the internet in 1994, developed the first internet commerce engine back in 1995/6, awarded as pioneer of SingaporeOne – implemented first online Coldstorage supermarket in 1998/9, investment by Walden and business acquired by Sterling Commerce (now IBM). She was finalist for Netreprenuer of the Year 2001 by ASME & currently Senior member of SCS. Co-developed curriculum and lectured for NUS Institute of Logistics RFID Master Class programme and launch with the Thailand’s ministry of Info-communication the first RFID/Internet of Things Summit in 2006. She also served as a judge at the 2013 eGov Excellent Awards, organized by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Currently a Senior member of Singapore Computer Society and the Chairman & CEO of iAPPS Pte Ltd since 2012.
Mr. Mei Herry
Experienced in the field of design, development, maintenance and system testing, with more than 25 years of experience designing and developing various systems for the needs of public services. Other capabilities master and are able to build system and network infrastructure ranging from small scale to large scale. Experienced in managing and developing teams to overcome challenges and work together to achieve a target. Having technical and business acumen capabilities so that they can establish strong relationships with stakeholders. Communicate effectively at all levels with clients or technical and business partners and are always responsible for every job provided and ready to face new challenges.
Mr. Barve Mandaar
Mr. Mandaar Barve manages Certiport’s business in India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand, and has been with the organization for nine years. Certiport is part of the Pearson Group who are a world leader in education.
Mandaar resides in New Delhi, India, and has spent eighteen years of his work life in the education, training, and assessment industry. He is an engineering graduate and holds a diploma in marketing management.
Mr. Rex Wallen
Graduated from Imperial College London with a first class Masters in Artificial Intelligence, Mr. Rex is the General Manager of Hopkins International Partners who is partnered with both the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Saville Consulting. There are only two companies in the world that have been able to partner with both global leaders in testing. ETS is the global leader in Educational assessment, while Saville Consulting is the global leader in HR assessments.
Mr. Damon Anderson
Damon Anderson is an International Education Consultant whose area of expertise is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Damon worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Regional English Language Officer (RELO) for 31 years. As a RELO, Damon worked in 100 countries and assisted ministries of education, universities, professional organizations, and other institutions that offered English with trainer training and teacher training, as well as assisting with curriculum and assessment issues. Damon was also the Editor in Chief of the professional journal: The English Teaching FORUM, produced by the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his work as a RELO, Damon directed the intensive English program at Arizona State University and lectured in the English and Cross-Cultural Communications departments. Damon has his MA in Applied Linguistics and TEFL.
Mr. Didin Wahidin
As of 2015, Mr. Didin Didin Wahidin is one of the officials in the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education as Director of Student Affairs. This former rector of Nusantara Islamic University (UNINUS) has indeed been familiar with the world of organization since college. His organizational experience began when he was in college by actively organizing at the Indonesian Muslim Student Movement (PMII) at the Indonesian Educational University (UPI) in 1983. After graduating from S1, he continued his master’s studies at the same campus (completed 1993), to a doctoral program taken on the educational campus in Bandung (completed in 2001).
Mr. Obert Hoseanto
Obert Hoseanto currently serves as Education Programs Manager in Microsoft Indonesia, focusing driving digital transformation in education landscape, both K-12 and Higher Education; recruiting innovative educators across Indonesia, and empowering educators to utilize and to harness the potential of technology in education.
A well-seasoned education specialist in Indonesia, with experience as a teacher, principal, lecturer, project manager on ICT in Education for MoEC through PPP, Obert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Master’s degree in Education, majoring in Instructional Technology.
- Ms. Lillian Koh (CEO of iAPPS Singapore)
Theme: Digital-Oriented Young Leaders
Outline: – opportunities for innovation by being technology savvy leaders
– share experiences and background in developing a user-friendly technology
- Mr. Barve Mandaar (Regional Manager of Certiport)
Theme: Competency in Digital Literacy
Abstract: Technology has changed the way we fundamentally work, and this has given society an opportunity to update their economic status in a single generation. In today’s fast paced world, Digital Literacy is not only important, but imperative. It is a mandate for a sustainable economy and continuous growth. Leaders play a key role in development of a nation. They must understand what digital literacy entails, why it must reach the masses, and how it can be measured. They should be aware of global programs that they can bring forth locally to provide a standard, consistent, and reliable experience.
- Mr. Rex Wallen (CEO of Hopkins International)
Theme: Necessity of International Standardized English Certification in ASEAN
Abstract: This talk will focus on the wide variation that exists in ASEAN with respect to diversity, employer needs and graduate competencies. ASEAN with a population of 600 million in 10 countries has hundreds of languages, different educational structures. The speaker will discuss the increasing global trend of internationalization and the need for international standardized English certifications in ASEAN.
- Mr. Damon Anderson (Associate Director of ITC / English Language Expert)
Theme: How English Proficiency Affects Digital Literacy
Outline: – How English and Digital Literacy are related/interconnected
– Digital platform for educational purposes
- Mr. Didin Wahidin (Director of Students Affair and Job Readiness, Ministry of Research and Higher Education/DIKTI)
Theme: Government’s Role in Developing Technology Savvy Leaders
Outline: Steps taken by the government (higher education) to produce competitive leaders (mastering English & technology) in terms of: Policy Setting, Program Development. and Collaborative efforts with industries
- Mr. Obert Hoseanto (Education Programs Manager – PT Microsoft Indonesia)
Theme: Preparing Future- Ready Skills
Abstract: The world is moving towards Industrial Revolution 4.0, with technology being an inseparable component, meaning that the education sector needs to prepare different skillsets of the upcoming graduates. Ensuring the workforce to be industry-ready and possesses the necessary life skills should be the top priorities of educators, as education undergoes a huge transformation globally. This session will discuss about the transformation taking place around the world as well as the challenges and potentials for Indonesia.