The corona outbreak (Covid-19) encourages people to take advantage of technology. Digital technology in a pandemic is being used in many business fields.
Various fields ranging from retail, health, education, and so on have implemented technology.
Lecturer at the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L) School of Business, John Vong sees the pandemic condition as a momentum for the rise of the smart nation concept. Various areas of business are encouraged to adapt to technology.
“This aims to increase efficiency, improve public services, and improve the welfare of citizens,” said John Vong in his statement yesterday.
He explained that the idea of a smart nation is the integration of a country’s infrastructure with the help of information and communication technology.
Although the smart nation concept has been introduced in 2015, the concept is currently increasingly wanted during the new normal era. Smart nation refers to education without schools, health without hospitals, banking without banks, and so on.
“Smart nations need smart people and automatically smart people need smart education. Applied education will play a very important role,” said John.
John added that there should be training for teachers to ensure that they understand how to provide proper training to students.
Students must also be trained to work in new industries such as telemedicine, online transportation, or financial technology. “So hopefully the results can evolve the nation into a smart nation,” he said.
Governments in various countries are currently implementing regulations for closing schools and higher education. Education without schools that have been widely discussed since 2015 is slowly becoming a reality.
However, many teachers and students are not ready to face this reality. Considering that there are still many houses that do not have an internet connection.
John explained that as learning to move forward, attention is not only directed at distance learning tools or learning management systems. The most important thing now to do is to create a learning environment.
“Schools or higher education must provide space for parents to contribute to the preparation of the curriculum,” he explained.
John added that the International Business Management study program at the i3L School of Business (iSB) focuses on applying the concepts learned in the study program, such as providing internship opportunities in companies abroad.
This is to gain international work experience, the use of business simulations which are also used in world-renowned business schools, and collaboration with students from various universities around the world.
According to him, technology and science must be taught together with social sciences so that they can provide comprehensive development and contribute to the quality of the workforce produced.
that matter mentioned above, he said, has been implemented at i3L Business School on a regular basis. It continues to run a student exchange program. Such as with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia or with the University Applied Sciences & Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
“Student exchanges with universities abroad will help work in different cultures and get opportunities either job opportunities or business opportunities,” he said.