I hope that the construction of better teaching and learning infrastructure can improve the quality of education and the learning environment.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The construction of educational infrastructure, such as a geological field station in Central Java, would help create good human resources and encourage national educational progress, Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said.

"I hope that the construction of better teaching and learning infrastructure can improve the quality of education and the learning environment," Hadimuljono said in Jakarta on Saturday.

"So that good human resources can be created to build an Indonesia that is able to compete on the international stage," he expounded.

Hadimuljono and head of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, inaugurated the Prof. R Soeroso Notohadiprawiro Geological Field Station at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), which is located in Bayat Sub-district, Klaten District, Central Java, on Saturday.

Support for providing educational facilities and infrastructure related to geological engineering is part of efforts to improve the quality of human resources, as envisioned by President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin.

The construction of the UGM Geological Field Station was undertaken by the PUPR Ministry on a multi-year basis (from 2023 to 2024) through the Central Java Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW).

The UGM Geological Field Station construction project covered structural, architectural, mechanical and plumbing, electrical, and landscape work, for which Rp13.8 billion was sourced from the State Budget.

The construction of the field station coincided with that of the UGM Geological Field Campus in Karangsambung and involved PT Nindya Karya (implementing contractor), PT Ciria Expertindo Consultant, PT Gapssary Mitra Kreasi, and CV Polaris or KSO (construction management).

The UGM Geological Field Station was built on an area of 4,100 square meters, with the building area spanning 1,895 square meters.

Each floor of the three-story building serves a different function, with the 537-square meter first floor built on an open space plan and the 423-square meter second floor housing the library and laboratory.

The 423 square-meter third floor houses the study room and equipment. Supporting buildings span 512 square meters.

Apart from facilities and infrastructure to support geological engineering education, the field station also has prayer rooms, toilets, accessibility features, landscaping, as well as furniture to support teaching and learning activities.

The building is also equipped with a solar power generator using 20 solar panels on the grid system, which generate sufficient electricity for use during the day.

It is hoped that the construction of the field station will benefit the community and students who are dedicated to the science of geology. The area has many old sites and rocks.

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