Written by Elisabeth Sirumapea
Indonesian students are currently required to have the ability to solve various problems. This situation can be seen from the global skills index in “The world’s top trending skills in Business Technology, and Data Science benchmarked across 60 countries and 10 industries” by cousera.org which says that the competencies that must be possessed by the post-millennial generation are one of them can be improved through competitions that will train students to solve problems (problem solving), think critically, innovate, analyze problems comprehensively and art of communicating.
Related to this, Kemenristekdikti together with the School of Business and Management of the Bandung Institute of Technology (SBM ITB) has successfully carried out the National Student Competition in Business, Management and Finance (KBMK), on September 13-14, 2019 at the SBM ITB Building, Jalan Ganesha no. 10, Bandung. This activity has the theme “Encouraging the Progress of Ecosystems of the Business World with Innovations in Business, Management and Finance that Strengthens the Identity of the Homeland and Utilizes Technology for the Welfare of the Nation”. The competition is an effort of the learning process that brings universities closer to industrial research, government, and professional associations.
“We represent the host to express our deepest gratitude to Kemenristekdikti who has given our trust to be the host for the first KBMK competition in Indonesia which will be a pioneer in the next KBMK activities. We are grateful to be able to contribute to adding to the treasury, especially in the humanities field, “said Dr.Eng. Sandro Mihradi as Director of the ITB Student Institution at the event.
The KBMK category is divided into 4 parts including: 1), competition in the field of business planning with aspects of technology utilization, 2), case analysis competition in marketing, 3) competition in investment research, and 4) financial competition in investigative audit. Each group was judged by 3 judges consisting of academics, practitioners, representatives of professional associations and representatives from the government.
The KBMK was attended by 247 groups from most universities in Indonesia, both from state and private universities. Of the 247 groups, 42 groups were selected that successfully passed the national selection stage, and 20 finalists from 4 competition categories
“I am very sure from this championship good ideas will be born that can provide good benefits for our community,” said Didin Wahidin as Director of Student Affairs of the Ministry of Research and Technology who also attended the event to open and close the 2019 KBMK.
The participants of the competition actively and innovatively have their own ways of solving the problems given by the jury, this can be seen from the very interesting disparity in answers.
For the marketing sector, there are 4 national-level finalists namely ITB as the first rank, UPI as the second rank, IPB as the third rank, and UNIBI as the fourth rank. For investigative audits, there are 4 national level finalists namely PPM School of Management as the first rank, UI as the second rank, UNIMED as the third rank, and STIE PGRI DEWANTARA as the fourth rank. In the field of technology utilization there are 4 national level finalists namely UGM as the first rank, IPB as the second rank, UNTAR as the third rank, and ITB as the fourth rank. In the field of investment research there are 4 national level finalists namely UI as the first rank, UNBRAW as the second rank, IPB as the third rank and ATMAJAYA as the fourth rank.
Sonny Rustiadi as chairman of the 2019 KBMK committee said that hopefully this competition could hone the capabilities and competitiveness of Indonesian students in improving the competencies needed in the business world today and in the future.
“Hopefully all participants can use this opportunity to compete and add relationships with other fellow participants and provide good benefits to the nation and state,” he added.