Welcome to Papua
Our campus belongs to the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, managing 11 Polytechnics across the country. Since its establishment in 2001, our Polytechnic expands its global network, advancing research, and creating innovation. The Polytechnic is composed of 27 lecturers, 348 students (58% are Papuan origin).
The campus is located at the cornel west of the Bird’s Head Peninsula, known as an exceptional place as the heart of the Coral Triangle. Heart of Coral Triangle is widely recognized located in Raja Ampat, home of more than 600 species of hard coral, representing 75% of the world’s coral reefs diversity. Compared to the similar-sized marine ecosystem on Earth, the Raja Ampat is an incomparable richness area.
With 348 students from the different biogeographic regions in the country, half of them are originated from the family of the subsistent fisheries community. They are pursuing a study on capture fisheries, aquaculture, and fisheries mechanization. The campus is uniquely characterized by the fully boarding school system where the State provided dormitory, daily meals, and the important subvention for tuition fees. In the frame of implementing a teaching factory program, our curricula are based on standardized courses and training of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Good Aquaculture Practises (GAqPs).
Currently, we have 27 lecturers (more 80% are tenure assistances and associates professors). They are distributed in 18 research groups, supported by 42 skilled technicians. Our facilities include training and research vessel of Airaha 02, fishing navigation simulator, workshop electric simulator, refrigerator simulator, fishing gears, hatchery, floating cages, domestication laboratory, freshwater and brackish ponds for aquaculture.
Students enroll for 3 years program. Since 2013, our teaching method has changed right after the implementation of the teaching factory system and entrepreneurship approaches for all the courses. Our special program on capture fisheries is unique where students participate in the sailing program for 90 days a year, they learn navigation systems, engine systems, and how to catch using different fishing gears.
Our series International research programs are based on mutual collaboration with respect to ethical scientific. In 2007, a joint research program on rainbowfishes of Papua was the earlier international project aiming at assessing diversity and its domestication trial for aquaria, the project runs for 10 years and successfully described a dozen new species to Science and hundreds of species already DNA-barcoded and published on international platforms (www.boldsystems.org and www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). Following our successful interdisciplinary scientific exploration in 2010 and 2014, our expedition Lengguru 2017 has evidenced many discoveries including the newest method eDNA metabarcoding. Recently, we entered into rare and fully protected species research comprised of the living fossil of Papuan Coelacanth.
As one of our mission ahead to be innovative campus, lecturer and students work together to create new products related to marine and fisheries. We produced an advanced lamp-LED-used for capture fisheries (fishes and squids). We also created three google-android applications include AIS, iCC, and Aquarium Indonesia, these trio apps are the national platforms used for teaching and scientific purpose.