President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has touted online courses as the default mode of learning for many university students as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown no signs of abating anytime soon.Speaking to a number of university rectors during a virtual Indonesian Rectors Forum conference on Saturday, Jokowi said that online lectures were but one of several ways the country’s academic community had adapted to the current health crisis, calling them part of “the next normal”.“Online courses, which had previously been slowly implemented, have now picked up steam. Online lectures have become a new normal – even the next normal,” he remarked during his opening address. “I believe that more innovative and productive norms will continue to emerge [amid the pandemic].”Read also: Home learning hindered by technology gap, Nadiem acknowledgesTo that end, Jokowi called on the rectors forum to bridge aspirations between members of academia and to facilitate practical applications of academic knowledge to real-world industries so that students could become well-equipped to contribute to national development.He also urged universities to serve as an environment where nationalism, diversity and tolerance could thrive as they were vital to the country’s democracy.“Ladies and gentlemen, you are the ‘parents’ [of your students] who are responsible for their future, as well as Indonesia’s future,” Jokowi said.However, the adoption of technology remains a challenge for the Indonesian education system.A 2019 report issued by global mobile communications industry body GSMA demonstrated a wide digital gap between people living in urban and rural areas. About 45 percent of Indonesians live in rural areas.Topics :
Ian Griffin, Tim Sangricoli, Jess Graniglia, Julia Swain and Paul Trevethan at the Ronald McDonald House North Queensland which has been chosen as the event’s charity.“There are a lot of prospective buyers that out home buying or investing into the `too hard basket’,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I love helping people achieve their home ownership goals.“This event is a great opportunity to bring together top local businesses that can assist buyers in making their home ownership dream a reality.”Next level marketing will also be holding free homebuyer information sessions throughout the day for those feeling overwhelmed with the process and require a more personalised one on one service.To make the day even more special, the event will be supporting Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, by donating entry fees back to the charity.“We’re honoured to be the charity of choice for the Townsville Home Buyers expo,” said Ronald McDonald House CEO Amy Cooper.“It’s wonderful to have the generous support of the Townsville community, at an event that brings locals together.” The Townsville Home Buyers Expo will be held at Mercure Townsville on April 8, 9am-4pm. ARE you looking to buy your first home or next investment property but don’t know where to start?Townsville first inaugural Home Buyers Expo may have all the answers.Hosted in partnership with Brookstone on the Park and Bayside Bushland Beach, the April 8 event has attracted a wide range of exhibitors, ranging from financiers, builders and land developers right through to the latest in home technology, home automation systems, home wares, solar, pools and much more.Event co-ordinator Jess Graniglia from Next Level Marketing identified the need for the event after continuously being approached by overwhelmed buyers who are new to the home ownership or investment journey.