The WIRED magazine published an article, "The Sea Is Consuming Jakarta, and Its People Aren't Insured," in which it looked at Jakarta is sinking, and at the worst possible time. Journalist Matt Simon states, "As sea levels creep higher, the coastal megalopolis continues to pump too much water from its underlying aquifers, causing the land to collapse by almost a foot a year in some places.
Industry 4.0 has generated a new focus towards globalization and technology in Indonesia. The emphasis on digital economic patterns, big data, robotics and artificial intelligence means exciting new opportunities for education. Indonesian universities need to be more innovative in their curriculum and teaching to produce new generations of competent and competitive graduates in the face of this era of industrial revolution. The ability to think critically, systemically, laterally and entrepreneurial are all key cognitive skills required of today’s post-secondary students.
In April 2019, READI invited Alicia Rollo, CHRL from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA), to represent both the International Actuarial Association (IAA) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries at education-related meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia. CIA has been a strong supporter for READI and its work from the very beginning with their letter of support to the University of Waterloo in 2014 to aid their proposal to Global Affairs Canada for the funding to build the actuary profession in Indonesia.
On March 12, 2019, Bill Duggan, the University of Waterloo’s READI Project Field Director, joined with Dr. Totok Prasetyo, Director of Institutional Development of Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti), Abdullah Mojadeddi, First Secretary of the Embassy of Canada and Prof. Djisman Simandjuntak, Rector, Prasetiya Mulya University, to open Indonesia’s first Co-operative Education Office at Prasetiya Mulya University.
Co-operative (Co-op) Education is an educational model linking theory and practice through meaningful experiential learning. Co-op programs have been synonymous with the University of Waterloo for nearly 60 years, and have been implemented in numerous universities across Canada.
The READI Project Math Outreach Team visited several secondary schools in Manado, North Sulawesi. The half-day workshops welcomed participants from: SMA Kristen Irene, SMAN 9 Manado, SMAN 1 Manado, SMAN 7 Manado, SMAN 4 Manado, and SMA Katolik Rex Mundi.