Dr. Ir. Ahmad Rifandi, M.Sc. (2012) GRADUATES’ PERCEPTION ON THE GRADUATE COMPETENCES OF THE DIPLOMA III VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OF POLYTECHNIC. International Conference on Vocational Education and Training (ICVET) 2012. ISSN 977-23017-14009


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The public polytechnic in Indonesia has been established since more than 30 years ago. The establishment of polytechnic education system (PES) in Indonesia was preceded by the needs of skilled technicians who are capable to support the development of industries. These technicians are those who are able to work closely with engineers and are able to translate the concepts into practicable tasks. Assessing the effectivity of the learning management in relation to the learning outcomes achievement, graduate competence profile, and quality of learning is a mandatory to improve the quality and relevance of the PES and to enhance the graduate competitiveness. Globalisation is causing changes in society as a whole and also in higher education, which is having to adapt to market liberation and to the development of a knowledge and innovation based society. The international mobility of students and teachers is in the forefront, challenging international comparability of the graduate competences of the higher education. Learning outcomes is statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process. There are several ways for drawing up and categorising learning outcomes in education. Under the umbrella organisation Joint Quality Initiative (JQI, 2004) higher education experts developed a series of descriptors, known as the Dublin descriptors. As a response to the ratification of the International Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Asia and Pasific, the Government of Indonesia has developed a national qualifications framework, known as “Kerangka Kualifikasi Nasional Indonesia” (Indonesian Qualification Framework). The Indonesian Qualification Framework (IQF) consist of nine levels of qualifications. The level 9 of IQF is considered as the highest level of qualification, and the level 1 is the lowest level. In accordance to the Indonesian Qualification Framework, learning outcomes of the Diploma III graduates is considered to be achieved at the qualification level 5, or equivalent to the “short cycles” qualification of the Dublin descriptors. Research conducted in Politeknik Negeri Bandung (POLBAN) on the graduates’ percetion of th graduate competence found that learning outcomes of the Diploma III graduates is equivalent to the 82.1 % of the short cycles qualification of the Dublin Descriptors. Based on the findings, learning outcomes of the Diploma III graduates of the vocational eduaction conducted in the Polytechnic almost reached the learning outcomes to be achieved as stated in the Indonesian Qualification Framework. Keywords: Graduate Competences, Dublin Descriptors, POLBAN

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Graduate Competences, Dublin Descriptors, POLBAN
Subjects: Prosiding
Prosiding > Seminar Nasional Pendidikan Ekonomi FE UNY
Divisions: Fakultas Teknik (FT) > Pendidikan > Pendidikan Teknik Elektronika
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 07:01
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