Students from the SBM ITB, and Singapore Management University (SMU) made industrial visits to several companies on Monday (6/5). They visited PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia Cina and PT Bina Karya Prima (BKP) in Jakarta and PT Kereta Api Indonesia in Bandung. The visit ended with the departure of SMU students to Bandung using Whoosh from Halim, Jakarta, to Padalarang, Bandung, followed by the Padalarang – Bandung feeder.

“We are delighted to be able to share our knowledge and experience with future generations. “This session is not only to exchange information but also to learn from each other and build valuable relationships,” said Rosma Handayani, HR Director of PT KAI at KAI’s main office, Bandung.

During the visit, KAI directors explained PT KAI’s commercialization assets and the work & life of KAI people. The event closed with a PT KAI office tour. SBM and SMU students were invited to see the bunker’s remains at the PT KAI head office.

Vice Dean for Resources at SBM ITB, Prof. Tjandra Anggraeni, Ph.D. , said that SBM ITB was pleased to collaborate with SMU. This visit was part of an integrated program between SMU’s Human Resources Employer Branding program.

“SBM ITB is very proud to collaborate with SMU in this second year, a well-known campus in Asia, Singapore Management University, which has been recognized for its world-class research and excellent teaching methods,” said Prof. Tjandra. “The collaboration between SBM and SMU is an integrated program with the Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management courses.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Paul Lim, Senior Lecturer in Organization and Human Resources at Lee Kong Chian Business School, Singapore Management University, said this was an extraordinary opportunity for the students. PT KAI and KCIC are also benchmarks for SMU students.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Prof. Paul Lim.

An SMU student, Heng, said that he was delighted to use Whoosh from Halim to Padalarang and to learn valuable lessons from the board of directors of PT KAI.

“The whole process is speedy and practical, and the journey from Jakarta to Bandung is very pleasant,” said Heng. “It is an honor to listen to KAI’s board of directors to share their experiences and regulations and learn about KAI’s operations.”

Meanwhile, Hazel, an SMU student, wants to explore a new country and learn about Indonesian culture while in Bandung. He also feels honored that a company as big as KAI is willing to share its experiences in running its business.

“This is my first time coming to Indonesia, so I came without any expectations but wanted to explore a new country and find out what Indonesian culture and society were like,” said Hazel. “This is a significant experience, and it is honorable to hear about the work environment and operations of a large company like KAI.”

The collaboration between SBM and SMU is an integrated program with the Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management courses. This program is managed by the ITB International Relations Office (IRO) and IRO SBM, which has been integrated as part of the SBM ITB lectures and community service program for 2024. In February 2024, ITB students visited SMU and studied for 1 week in Singapore. Meanwhile, this May, it was the turn of SMU exchange students to visit Bandung. The SBM lecturers involved in this program are Andika Putra Pratama, Ira Fachira, N. Nurlaela Arief, Melia Famiola, and Ilma Aulia.

Written by Student Reporter (James Anders, Management 2024)