IPB University Postgraduate School Podcast Review of the Tropical Biodiversity Conservation Study Program

The Postgraduate School (SPs) of IPB University again held the SPs IPB University Podcast Episode 20. This time it discussed the topic of the Tropical Biodiversity Conservation (KVT) Study Program, Faculty of Forestry and Environment (Fahutan), (28/11). The IPB University SPs Podcast was filled in by the speaker, Chair of the KVT Study Program, Prof Yanto Santosa and guided by Nur Sulianti Suci Pertiwi, SP as the host.


Prof Yanto conveyed that the history of the establishment of this Study Program started with the undergraduate program in 1982. Namely with the establishment of the Forest Resources Conservation Study Program and was the first Study Program in Indonesia. Then around the 1990s Fahutan had a graduate program in Forestry Science and had several specializations. One of them is specializing in the management of wild life or wildlife management.


"In 2005, apart from developing undergraduate study programs, we also developed postgraduate study programs. It consists of the KVT Study Program and the Ecotourism Management and Environmental Services Study Program (MEJ) for master and doctoral programs as well," he said.


In 2020, the two study programs merged into one and still use the name KVT Study Program, but have two specializations, namely KVT and MEJ specializations. With the merging of these two Study Programs, the KVT Study Program is a very unique Study Program, both in Indonesia and in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).


"Our study program is very important for Indonesia, because Indonesia is the second richest country for tropical biodiversity," he said.

Prof Yanto explained that from the curriculum that had been prepared, the KVT targeted graduates to be able to develop and apply science and technology in biodiversity conservation.


He added, currently the word conservation is often interpreted as mere preservation and protection. Whereas conservation has the meaning of three pillars. Namely protection preservation, preservation and utilization. The government's program a few years ago implemented a new development paradigm, namely the green economy. It contains the potential for biodiversity and is expected to become the main pillar for development by reducing waste, emissions and involving the community.


"Therefore, this biodiversity does not only talk about forestry issues, but graduates of the KVT Study Program will be able to work in all sectors. Such as mining, transportation, tourism and others. We hope that this prospective student of SPs IPB University is very interested in joining the KVT Study Program, because it is very broad and has the potential for biodiversity which must be optimized so that it becomes economically, ecologically and environmentally valuable," he continued.


Prof Yanto said that currently the educational backgrounds that enter the KVT Study Program are very diverse. The KVT Study Program also accepts graduates from the fields of law, tourism and other social fields.

"Indeed there will be differences in basic knowledge, but there is no need to worry that now we have conducted preparatory lectures. So that we can receive almost all fields of education, especially those that are really needed in the context of biodiversity conservation, environmental services, and ecotourism," he said.


He added, currently the KVT Study Program, both doctoral and master programs, have been accredited B from the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN PT). The KVT Study Program opens new student registration in two periods, both in the odd semester and also in the even semester. The KVT Study Program opens 3 registration pathways, namely the regular route, by research and special organizing classes. (HBL/Zul)

Published Date : 01-Dec-2022

Resource Person : Prof Yanto Santosa

Keyword : IPB University, Postgraduate School, KVT Study Program