After thorough evaluation, Indonesia was chosen by SITECO in 2008 as site for a pilot project. In Cikarang, the industrial region of Jakarta, a Technical Education Center is being established and enlarged for prospective polymechanics, mechatronics and constructors.
The Education Center is being realized in close cooperation with ATMI (Akademi Technik Mesin Industri). ATMI, an organisation of Indonesian Jesuits, has been running a technical education center in Solo City (Surakarta), Central Java, for more than 40 years with great success. Its founder in 1968 was the recently deceased Swiss Jesuit priest Johann Casutt and it has since been involved in the technical (vocational) training and education with its own industrial production.
The Education Center includes a veritable machine factory in its school-owned production installations. It is this combination which permits the proper implementation of the dual education method (60 % of practical work and 40 % of theoretical knowledge). At the same time, it generates the income necessary for meeting the operational costs of the school itself.
In parallel with the Campus project, SITECO is establishing a platform for the cooperation between schools and industry. Thus, various elements should materialise within a certain time scale in accordance with the “bottom-up principle”, commencing with advanced industrial courses (viz 1.3), instructor training in Switzerland (viz 1.1), also in Indonesia (viz 1.2), plus various school development programs (viz column 3), etc. The Campus project integrates seamlessly with the “Master Concept” which entails the 4 columns Education, Equipment, School Development and Infrastructure.
A Campus for dual vocational training and education is presently being developed in Cikarang, the industrial region of Jakarta, the size of its compound being 4,4 hectares. Its three large industrial halls comprise industrial schools as also production installations owned by the school itself. The new Mechatronic Center (violet) is fully equipped since the end of 2012, and it is operational.
Presently, SITECO is engaged in the expansion phase “Cikarang II” (green) consisting of the two part projects “Dormitories” (creating space for accommodating 300 students) and the “Industrial School” (machines and installations for school-owned production plant).
The “Function Rooms” (marked red violet, Lecture Hall, Library, Canteen, Gymnastic Hall, etc.) as also the installation and administering of an “Academy” (marked yellow) form additional expansion phases leading to achieving technical basic and advanced training comparable to the level of a university of applied science as in operation in Switzerland (e.g. ABB Technical College, Baden).
The Mechatronic Center, inaugurated in December 2012, is a unique showpiece in Indonesia
in as much as its ecological design is concerned. Costs of CHF 4,5 million for this Project (which include construction terrain and installations for the laboratory as well as for machinery) were carried by private foundations, sponsoring organisations and industries.
The Building has been designed with the support of Future Cities Laboratory ETH, Singapore (Prof. Leibundgut) taking into account the challenging climatic conditions prevalent in Jakarta (i.e. high temperatures and humidity). The workshops and laboratories are installed on the inside of the Building, the corridors and stairways are situated on the outside. Green plant curtains are applied in protection against the heat and solar radiation, plus cooled water circulating on a permanent basis through floors and ceilings providing for agreeable (approx.) 22 °C even in the most blazing heat without any customary energy-intensive air conditioning whatsoever. In fact, the energy for cooling water as also the circular stimulation is derived from a photovoltaic installation placed on the funnel-shaped roof, which, thanks to its shape collects the rain water required in tanks situated under the building.