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Ms. Indra Hartati joined STEPI-IICC as a participant for an individual immersion program of Training Officer Course (TOC) from December 7 until December 18, 2015. She is from Indonesia and is currently working as a Training Staff at the Center for Development, Education and Training, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi/BPPT) Indonesia. To share her experience at STEPI-IICC, Ms. Indra kindly agreed to an interview.


Please tell us about your institution and your specialty briefly.

The Agency for the Assessment and Application is under the coordination of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia. Its vision is being a center of excellence in technology prioritizing innovation and technology services to realize the national self-reliance, competitiveness enhancement, and public services improvement through technology assessment, technology intermediation, technology solution, technology clearing house and technology audit in the fields of Agro-industry and Biotechnology, Information, Energy and Material technology, Industrial Technology Design and Engineering, Natural Resources Development Technology as well as Technology Policy Assessment.

I myself am working as a Training Organizer and a Trainer in the Center for Development, Education and Training. This work unit is responsible for improving the competencies, quality and professionalism of STI human resources in BPPT through development, education and training programs in order to support the development of technology, products and the national development programs. Hence, naturally my area of interest is in the field of human resources capacity building and training.


What was your research plan before coming to Korea?

As a training officer, I feel the urgency to invigorate my knowledge by acquiring different training and development principles, concepts and strategies, especially in STI field, in order to be well-equipped with the ability to conduct organizational performance analysis to identify performance gaps, recommend and implement appropriate training and/or non-training interventions, to help organization achieve its stated goals.

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Why did you choose to come to Korea and STEPI-IICC in particular? What did you expect to experience at STEPI-IICC?

BPPT and STEPI actually started to establish close partnership since 1990s in the field of S&T human resources capacity building. Moreover, STEPI has played an important role in harnessing STI to promote socioeconomic development in Korea including delivering training programs of STI human resources in many countries. So, I believe STEPI is the right place for me to learn about S&T education and training-related issues.


How has your experience been at STEPI-IICC?

I am very much enjoying my time in Korea, especially in Sejong City. The newly-developed city is clean and orderly. Also, I felt so welcomed and the staffs of STEPI-IICC are so kind and highly cooperative. I am indebted for the opportunity to focus on the training program that I fully concerned about through the individual immersion program in which I was involved in day-to-day processes of training implementation under guidance of mentors. Learning materials were delivered by lecturers (instructors) with expertise in their respective fields. Visits to Science and Technology-related institutions were also provided to widen my knowledge in S&T field. In short, I have been exposed to so much new knowledge and learnt new aspects.

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What was the most impressive part?

In my opinion, the training program has brought great opportunities to experience the real work and real life which are different from my home country, such as the strong and high-speed working ethos, and the cold weather, food, culture, of course.


How STEPI helps your capability as a trainer?

I have obtained vast knowledge and valuable experiences in the areas of focus of planning and organizing training programs that contribute to the professional capacity building, among others:

a) In the area of planning, appropriate, accurate, detailed and clear-cut analysis on training needs is critical to enable the achievement of aim and objectives effectively and efficiently through the specific, proper and applicable design of training programs including suitable selection of learning materials and learning resources. Making feasible schedule is part of this planning stage.

b) In the area of organizing, good preparation of training kit and facilities is required to ensure that training programs run smoothly in accordance with the planning. Following the planned schedule is imperative. Though, flexibility is necessary from time to time. In terms of communication during the organizing stage, it is not only related to the trainees and facilitators/instructors/speakers, but also other stakeholders. Therefore, close coordination and communication is very important both internally and externally. It requires the establishment of strong and close coordination and collaboration among government institutions, universities and companies/private sectors in order to support each other. Building international networks is also not less important.
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