Six students from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS Surabaya) are currently working as young engineers at the renowned shipyard company, Oshima Shipbuilding, one of Japan’s prestigious shipyard companies. The six ITS students are Jemima Audrey Natasha, Putra Nanda Kusuma, and Hans Dimitri from the Department of Naval Architecture, Hamzah Nur Azzam from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Galang Adi Saputro from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Agung Tuani Hartono Sihotang from the Department of Marine Engineering.
The head of the Department of Naval Architecture at ITS, Ir. Wasis Dwi Aryawan, M.Sc., Ph.D., explained that this internship program is a collaboration between the Department of Naval Architecture at ITS and the international company. Furthermore, Dr. Wasis mentioned that this program also offers opportunities to students from other departments. “This is in line with Oshima Shipbuilding’s request,” he stated. Therefore, a series of internal selections were conducted to identify the best-qualified students for this opportunity, led by Erzad Iskandar Putra, S.T., M.T., of the Student Advisory Team in the Department of Naval Architecture at ITS. Students from various departments competed for this opportunity through a selection process that included document screening and interviews with industry representatives, as Erzad explained.
Through this selection process, Erzad continued, six ITS students were ultimately chosen to participate in a one-month internship program in Japan. They departed on August 19, and by now, these six students have gained valuable knowledge and received positive evaluations from the company. “In fact, we have received news that they will be permanently employed there,” he exclaimed. During this internship program, the students have also received a salary and living allowances in Japan. Although they had to complete the internship for one month, they were also given the opportunity to attend their graduation ceremony at ITS in mid and late September.
In this regard, Dr. Wasis expressed his pride. According to him, this opportunity is proof that ITS graduates have internationally recognized competencies. Not only that, through this internship program, it is hoped that knowledge exchange can contribute to advancing the shipbuilding industry in Indonesia. In conclusion, Dr. Wasis hopes that this program will continue in the future. He believes that, in addition to the benefits mentioned above, this program can also enhance the branding of ITS and demonstrate that its graduates possess skills equivalent to those in other developed countries. Dr. Wasis also hopes that this program will not only focus on the shipbuilding industry but also extend to other industries.