By DR. DJUWARI
IT HAS been noted by all nations throughout the world that investing human resources in terms of the quality improvement is the most important thing. When viewing the webometric.com, we all know the facts clearly that for ASEAN countries are not higher than those in other parts of the globe and even in Asia level. In some regions in ASEAN, Singapore is the top. However, talking about human capital, we have to keep the pace for making the world balanced.
Today, it is not the face-to-face communication physically. We can meet people around the world in real time. That is one of the effect of technology development. More specifically, we have been the members of digital society and living in the era the technology-based development. It was more global than 10 years ago.
In terms of higher education level, webometric.com can be the evidence to see which countries are dominating the development of science and technology. More vividly, when looking at ASEAN region, we can look at the Global Innovation Index (GII) in 2017. Especially in ASEAN, eight countries are already listed. In terms of global innovation index, especially we have to do more efforts.
Singapore takes the first rank, Malaysia the second, Brunaidarussalam the third, Thailand, the forth, Vietnam the fifth, Philippines the sixth, Indonesia the seventh, and Cambodia the eight.
Science and technology development have made life improved. Therefore, the country with high technology development, can cope anything with high efficiency. In turn, they can manage their operation in some program of the policies more efficiently but with high quality results.
Unfortunately, the less technology support in processing the jobs in any policy will result in wasting both time and money. Besides, the results of the jobs lead to a condition of a low quality compared to those supported by the technology development in practice.
Specific for Indonesia and Philippines, they are in the sixth and seventh ranks, including Cambodia, the eight rank. These three countries should keep going to cultivate their human capital.
Human capital investment can be done through education system and the process. Universities or colleges are the central point for innovation.
Science and technology development should be enhanced so that the products of the development can support the human life activities. Creating new tools for gearing the jobs in some sectors will improve the nations’ lives. More importantly, the state-budget allocation for education must also be prioritized.
Again, human resources (HRD) should be the focus. There is a good reason why we start from human resource quality. Why is HRD vital? The quality of human resources (HR) has a domino effect. If we have high-quality human resources, whatever is done by them will affect the quality of the products. If in every part of the universities or colleges are filled with qualified human resources, their performance produces good quality output.
Transportation, tourism, education, and other service manufacturing sectors are the objects for innovation. They should be triggered by the technology support. By doing so, all the jobs related to those sectors can be executed more efficiently and with higher quality.
Transportation deals with logistics. Logistics deals with the movement of goods and services. The faster, the more efficient. The more efficient, the more money being saved. Finally, the more prosperous the nations are.
And, the key success to such effort is by enhancing the education system and process through higher education empowerment. Human capital investment can really trigger the country to speed the global innovation index level.
Editors’ Note: Dr. Djuwari is the Head of Research Journal and Publishing Department, STIE Perbanas Surabaya. He is also the guest lecturer at Ottimmo International Master-gourmet Academy, Surabaya; The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).
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