25 Nov, 2020
"Broadly speaking, institutional response, UK universities have responded on four key "tiers" of response. First, direct response to the pandemic and innovation in medical technology, including vaccination work, testing and tracing technology, medical intervention etc. Second, indirect response, for example, support regarding the economic regeneration and recovery of regional industries and individuals affected by the pandemic. Third, indirect research developments, including social impact, economic impact, and individual impact of the pandemic. Finally, innovation in teaching and learning, including investment in online and blended approaches.
In addition, business schools have been proactive and innovative in facing the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, from innovative online teaching and broad sharing of research and expertise to direct support for business and government initiatives. Direct support and advice for individual businesses as they attempt to survive in the face of a global pandemic, free access to business, financial and legal advice. Financial support from individuals affected directly by the pandemic – in particular through bursary models for postgraduate professional education."
Dr. Dominic Page as Head of the Business School, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, revealed so to 67 participants of the Ubaya-BUiLD Webinar#1 titled "Leading a University during and in the aftermath of a disaster insights from Indonesia and the UK that took place on Thursday 15 October, 2020, via Zoom application. The "Building in Leading Disaster Resilience University" (BUiLD) project is a grant from the European Union that aims to build disaster resilience capacity and establish a Centre of Disaster Resilience in all participating Indonesian universities, including in Ubaya. Besides Dr. Page, the webinar also invited two other speakers, namely Prof. Joniarto Parung as Professor in Supply Chain Management from Ubaya and Wiryono Raharjo PhD. as Vice-Rector for Partnership and Entrepreneurship, Universitas Islam Indonesia.
After Dr. Page, Prof. Parung talked about university during and after a disaster; in this case, he specifically talked about the Covid-19 pandemic disaster. "In facing this pandemic, universities must collaborate. Universities must get rid of selfishness, feelings of prestige, and intellectual pride. They must collaborate by making learning content for certain courses seriously and suitable for online. Content preparation can be done together or allow universities with expert lecturers to work on learning content according to their expertise. This learning content can be delivered synchronously or asynchronously and the collaborating universities share the results. Universities that do not have lecturers who are experts on the content must be willing to use learning materials that have been made together without feeling inferior because maybe the universities will fill in content in other courses," he said.
According to him, adaptation to technology has given student families an understanding that buying equipment such as laptops, smartphones, and the like is part of an investment in human resource development. Therefore, in the future, parents will not be too surprised if learning is developed with more advanced technology in learning, for example, augmented reality, virtual reality, machine learning, etc. "Not to forget, the "future" online learning experience will be easily combined with offline learning so that the demands of the physical presence of lecturers and students in a class are irrelevant as long as attendance can be represented by "virtual" attendance at a time that is not critical. The critical time is a time that requires physical presence for direct interaction so that the learning outcomes can be evaluated directly.
Wiryono Raharjo PhD. as the last speaker, shared how Universitas Islam Indonesia was dealing with Mt. Merapi eruption. "Some lessons learned in dealing with eruption are the need to transform "spontaneous" disaster task force to a more permanent unit within the university, the need of continuous training on disaster preparedness, the need of curriculum development, the need of funding allocation for disaster preparedness, and the need of mapping the physical asset for disaster preparedness." After presentation of the three speakers, the webinar was concluded with the Question and Answer session, where many participants raised questions to the speakers," stressed out Wiryono Raharjo PhD.