Syiah Kuala University, through the Engineering Faculty, hosted the 13th National Conference on Civil Engineering (KoNTeKS), which was held from September 19-20, 2019. This activity was opened by Rector of Unsyiah Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng at Hermes Palace Hotel, Banda Aceh. (Thursday, 9/19).
KoNTeKS is an annual activity majoring in civil engineering throughout Indonesia. This time, the KonTeKS was held in conjunction with the Aceh International Symposium on Civil Engineering (AISCE) 2 and the National Deliberation of the Indonesian Civil Engineering Higher Education Deliberation Board (BMPTTSI).
There are nine universities involved in this activity, namely Atma Jaya University (Yogyakarta), Pelita Harapan University (Jakarta), Udayana University (Bali), Tarumanegara University (Jakarta), National Technology Institute (Bandung), Sebelas Maret University (Solo), Trisakti University (Jakarta), Soegijopranoto Catholic University (Semarang), and Unsyiah (Banda Aceh).
Rector said, currently the disparity of universities in Indonesia is very high. Of the thousands of universities there are but only 60 universities that are accredited A, while there are so many other universities that have not been accredited.
So rector hopes that seminars and publications resulting from these activities can make a real contribution to Indonesia.
"Besides that networking between universities can be better, so that in the future there will be no academic quality gaps, especially in the field of engineering science," Rector said.
Rector also criticized consultants who did not have a vision of sustainable development. How the building that was built could not last for a long time. Not to mention the construction is not resistant to earthquakes. This is an important note for civil engineers, that in fact the science continues to develop.
"Hopefully, through this activity, it can provide enlightenment or a solution for Indonesia. Because after all mitigation is something important compared to reconstruction after a disaster, "said rector.