A consortium of Dutch partners is working together with the Indonesian universities Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya and the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to improve the curricula in the area of water, specifically in integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and integrated water resource management. The Dutch partners are the Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IHE) and sub-contractors Hogeschool Zeeland and Deltares. The project is part of Nuffic’s NICHE project on capacity development in higher education.
The project focuses mainly on the curricula of the programmes on Coastal Engineering at ITS and Water Resources Engineering and Management at ITB. The project is currently half-way and various changes have been implemented. To be able to stimulate this and make sure the changes made are in line with what all stakeholders involved have in mind, the TU Delft asks Perspectivity to facilitate a Future Search conference with all stakeholders and to provide insight into the progress of the project through a Sprockler evaluation.
Future Search Conference
Around 80 stakeholders come together on the 21st to the 23rd of February 2018 in Yogyakarta to address the future challenges for integrated coastal and water resource management and advance higher education in Indonesia. Management and lecturers from ITS and ITB are present as well as students and alumni from those universities. Also present are policy makers, specialists and representatives from government, industry and other universities throughout Indonesia, all looking to give their perspective on the matter.
The purpose of the conference is to develop common ambitions and initial actions towards educating world-class professionals in integrated coastal and water resource management. The conference is a unique opportunity for all stakeholders groups to interact and work together.
In three days, they create a shared picture of the problems and opportunities, foster mutual understanding of difference in perspective and interests, and find common ground and propose action on what we intend to do for the near future that is supported by all parties. Han Rakels facilitated the conference.
The video below shows images of the conference:
As the project is currently half-way its implementation, with some activities being carried out and others yet to be started, it is appropriate to obtain feedback from the lecturers, students and management staff involved in the project and find out more about project’s progress and expectations for the future.
To do this, they decided to use Sprockler and ask Perspectivity to assist in the data and story collection. Anne van Marwijk assisted with the collection and more than 60 stories from lecturers, students and management staff were collected. They provide a nice image of what is going well already and where opportunities for change are. For example, it became apparent that:
- Lecturers are very happy with the changes so far
- For students their studies are sometimes hindered because it is difficult to obtain data from the government in a timely manner
- More collaboration between all players in the water sector and between universities in Indonesia is desired by most participants
Those stories and data are available in an interactive online report, which can be accessed here.
In this report, you can read or listen to stories of the students, lecturers and management staff by clicking on a dot. Clicking on a dot enlarges the dot and enlarges the answers by the same person in other questions. This allows you to follow the responses of one or a group of storytellers throughout the whole report. Clicking on the dot a second time will close the story.