ACICIS Wrap-Up: BPP 2019
In January-February 2019, ACICIS Study Indonesia was delighted to welcome 38 students on our Business Professional Practicum (BPP) program. These students were welcomed to Jakarta from 9 ACICIS member universities in Australia, including The University of Western Australia, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Tasmania, Murdoch University, Curtin University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland and The University of Melbourne. In this year’s program, 31 BPP students received a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant to assist them during the program.
Upon their arrival to Jakarta, the BPP students undertook two weeks Indonesian Language classes at Atma Jaya University, along with a series of business seminars presented by professionals from various business backgrounds who have an intimate knowledge of business and economic issues in Indonesia. The seminars covered some of the business and economic sectors in Indonesia including the Indonesian economy in the digital era, banking and finance, corporate strategy, strategic communication, HR sector, trade and investment.
During the academic weeks of seminar series and Indonesian language class, the BPP students visited Bogasari and GO-JEK Headquarter in Jakarta. Bogasari is the largest integrated flour miller in Indonesia which produces a variety of wheat products under prominent brands and is also the largest pasta producer in South East Asia, marketed under the La Fonte brand. At the beginning of their visit, the students were introduced to the company’s profile and the production process of wheat flour and pasta. Those presentations were delivered by Mr Arry Dwinanto and Mr Agustiono Bhakti. They also had a Plant visit to the wheat flour section and pasta factory. Through this visit, the students were expected to gain knowledge on the importance of the production process, business strategy and operations of one of the prime food commodities in Indonesia and its impact on the country’s economy and income.
The BPP students also had an opportunity to visit GO-JEK Headquarters, which is one of Indonesia’s Unicorn Start-up Companies which evolved to provide on-demand transport and lifestyle services in the city. GO-JEK now operates in over 50 cities across Southeast Asia. During the visit, the students were introduced to the GO-JEK Company’s profile and work culture through an office tour and seminar with ‘GO-PAY’ as the main topic. The students engaged in the seminar with Mr Richard Darsono on the history of GO-JEK & GO-PAY, GO-PAY current operations, plans and economic impact.
After the two weeks of the academic program, students then started their four weeks placement at their assigned host organisations in Jakarta with 23 host organisations in fields ranging from banking, finance, mining and resource, logistics and supply management, government to government trade and investment promotions, research institution, HR consultant, property development, IT and social media and many more. These sectors involved some host organisations such as Ernst & Young, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Kiroyan Partners, Hill & Associates, Bank Syariah Mandiri, Bank Danamon, Bank Commonwealth, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), Government of Western Australia (GoWA), Pacific Place, Jack’s Labs, Selaras Daya Utama, Australian Mining Chamber, Merck, Auditsi Perdana, Corpus Prima Mandiri, Okusi Associates, Linfox Logistics, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM), Holcim, Jababeka and VPC Asia Pacific.
We would like to extend our warm congratulations to all students who participated in the BPP program this year for their incredible work in undertaking a challenging and exciting opportunity to gain professional experience in Indonesia’s growing economics sector. We wish all students the best for their future!