STIS, Esri signs MOU to equip students with smart mapping skills
By Clarice Africa 06 Feb 2015
Indonesia’s state college of statistics, locally known as Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Statistik (STIS), and leading geospatial solutions provider Esri Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will equip students with smart mapping skills relevant to a growing demand in Statistics Indonesia.
Esri Indonesia CEO Bima Priadi and STIS Head Dr. Hamonang Ritonga, MSc. signed the MOU at the STIS campus auditorium on 9 January 2015.
Under the MOU, STIS will receive an education license program – composed of software licenses and technical workshops – which are designed to broaden the scope and impact of various academic endeavors pursued by students, lecturers and researchers.
Furthermore, included in the program is the provision of various GIS resources and publications from Esri Indonesia and two all-access passes to the Esri Asia Pacific User Conference happening in Thailand later this year.
“STIS has been producing top caliber professionals who have made significant contributions in Statistics Indonesia,” Mr Priadi said.
“As the country’s central bureau of statistics, it is tasked with providing reliable, fair, independent, and high-quality statistical information on the current state and changes in society, the economy, and the environment. As such, we believe through this partnership, the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology will enable STIS’ students to draw on spatial thinking to explore new ways to better understand our society and craft well-informed policies needed to achieve the country’s development goals,” he said.