The Importance of Education About  Standardization In Regard to an Increasing Demand of Indonesian Society for High Quality Products And Sevices

Dr. Rob  Steele,  The  Secetary  General of  ISO  and his  team;
Dr. Adrinof Chaniago, Minister for National Development Planning / Head of National Development Planning
Prof. Dr. Bambang Prasetya, Chairman of National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN), member of ISO
The Honorable Senior Officials of  BSN;
Distinguished Guest;  Ladies  and  Gentlemen

Good Morning. Assalammu’alaikum warohmatullohi wa barokatuh.
First of all, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to experience the ISO spirit from June 3 to June 5, 2015. This is our valuable moment to increase our contribution to standardization. This opportunity creates optimum benefits of standardization to our national development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Indonesia has sixty years of history in participating in international standardization activities. Indonesia became a member of the International Organization for Standardization in 1955. That was 9 years after ISO was established.
The socio-economic impact of standardization has been widely acknowledged in line with the expansion of global trade, regional integration, multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements, and implementations of information and communication technology.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We will meet  ASEAN Economic Community In another 211 days,  which will establish a single market and production base. In AEC 2015, we will have 616 millions population,  41% will come from Indonesia. So that Indonesia is a very attractive market. Quality will be important; no standards – no qualities. Therefore, quality and standards play important role to increase quality and market acceptance of products and to protect consumers and public from sub-standard products.

Ladies  and  Gentlemen;
Quality  and  standard  will  drive  industry.  Development  of  industries  will  promote economic  growth  of nations   and  create jobs, so  as to  achieve higher  standads  of  living for  all.
To strengthen Quality  and  Standards we have to improve infrastrucutre;  enforce implementation;  build  human resource capacity, establish excelence organization, and  facilitate  market  access. Standards,  conformance and  technical regulations  will  serve as excellent frameworks.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Human  Resources  Development  of standardization  is  an important  cornerstone to achieve  higher  standard  of  living.  The ultimate goal of Human Resources Development in standardization is to create a rich pool of professionals of standardization.
Teaching about standardization increases student’s awareness of  the  nature, impact  and  benefit  of  standards to  markets  and  society,  improving  their  ability to contribute  to  company performance and  public  welfare.  In  turns, this will contribute to strengthening the development of standards, dissemination and aplication  of  standards.

Students  in   schools and  universities  can  benefit  from  the  education  about  the   fundamentals and implications of  standardization.  It is important  to  prepare  their  carrier in  government,  businesses,  standards  and  conformance  organizations  or  research  institutions. Universities  are  the  education  institutions  that  have  maximum potential for  interaction with  the  standard  world;  because they  are the  ultimate  bridge between  educations and professions and,  at  the  same  time  they  are  the  producers  of  knowledge.  For  these  reason our efforts focussed on  universities, although several  activities targeted for primary and secondary school.

Ladies and  Gentlemen;

Indonesia through the National Standard Body has developed education about standardization since 10 years ago, in 2005. The first initiative came from academia, from the University of Diponegoro. They said standardization is important to be taught to students. Thirty two universities developed education about standardization. Twelve of them have implemented the education through technical subject of standardization embedded in courses, dedicated lectures, workshops, student assignments, games or simulations, specialized courses about standardization, and specialized academic curriculum for Master Program.

In 10 May 2012 Directorate of Higher Education and National Standard Body signed Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen education about standardization. We need to enhance this join effort.
Indonesia also has active participation and contribution in regional and international forum of education about standardization such as Strategic Education Program in APEC Sub-Committee of Standards and Conformance, EU-ASIA Link Program, International Cooperation on Education about Standardization,  World Standards Cooperation Academic Days and  International Cooperation on  Education  About  Standardization (ICES).

Ladies  and  Gentlemen;
In spite  of  the  broad and  the  vast  impact  of  standards  in  today’s society,  standardization  is  still  not  yet a well-defined, established discipline  from  a  theoretical  or  academic  perspective.  The  lack  of  awareness  of  universities’ organizational  entities on the  strategic  importance  of  standard,  has  been indicated  as  one of  the  reasons  why  standardization  academic  discipline is  still  missing.   
To  raise  awareness  of  the  importance of  standardization and  to  support  university  in  teaching standard, cooperation between National  Standard  Body and  Universities   in systematic  way  is  very  important.
On  top of  that, It  is  imperative to  develop a  national strategy on education about  standardization. As the  Minister  of Research,  Technology and Higher  Education supervising both National Standard Body  and  Higher Education, it  will  be  easier  for  me  to well  fit standardization  education with  existing priorities and  plans in  regard  to national  higher education.   

The role of the government is particularly  important because it has  critical influence in  shaping industrial  policies  and  the  country’s  direction of education.
Ladies  and  Gentlemen; 

Before closing my  remarks, I  would  like  to  express our    gratitude to  ISO  for their  continuous  support to  promote education  about  standardization,  through  a  series  of  regional  workshops.
Have a  succesful  meeting  for  all of  us.  
Wassalammu’alaikum warohmatullohi wa barokatuh.

Jakarta, June 3, 2015
Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nasir