The Importance of Expertise Groups in Higher Education Institutions: Expertise Group Management Webinar

The Expertise Group or KK is a functional group within the same faculty which consisting of academic staff with similar knowledge and expertise. Friday, 19 February 2021, ITTelkom Surabaya held a webinar to discuss how to manage expertise groups attended by ITTelkom Surabaya lecturers through a Zoom link with a resource from Telkom University, Ari Moesriami Barmawi.

"The aim of forming this expert group is to improve the competence of the lecturers in their knowledge and expertise so that they can focus on it. The second is to increase the role of lecturers in research and community service, and to increase the ability of lecturers to disseminate their knowledge. " explained Ari Moesriami Barmawi.

The expert grouping for lecturers is based on knowledge, i.e. all lecturers with educational backgrounds from related scientific pathways. The activities of Tri Dharma focus on allied scientific pathways. The activities of Tri Dharma focus on allied scientific pathways. The activities of Tri Dharma focus on allied scientific pathways. However, there is also a pooling of expertise based on cases where the lecturers are grouped in the same field in accordance with their interests, as well as on Tri Dharma activities that focus on the interests of the members of the expert group.

This expert group has a number of tasks, including: managing the Tri Dharma of all its members, planning activities related to the development of the lecturers and developing the Expertise Group (KK). Planning investments for laboratory infrastructure and lecturer rooms, as well as a budget for the activities that the Expertise Group wants to undertake. Then manage a research laboratory for lecturers and students. In the selection of scientific fields, it can be done based on the Body of Knowledge from ACM and a detailed description of the scientific field is obtained from various references.

The activities organized by the expert group are the holding of scientific seminars with expert sources on science related to the knowledge clusters shaded by the expert group. Organizing international and national certifications in the fields of scientific clusters for members, organizing scientific paper writing training (e.g. journals and books), organizing training to improve the competence of lecturers in the teaching and learning process, organizing scientific training for students and holding panel discussions on specialization.

"Things that need to be considered in making this skill grouping look at the capabilities and interests of the KK, then at the national research road map that needs to be considered in the next 5-10 years. Then, after we make a road map of the research field, we will see how the technology development trend is, in terms of this technology development trend, what fields are included." explained Ari Moesriami Barmawi.

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