Welcome to The 2nd International Conference of Education and Science (ICES)
The Covid-19 pandemic caused chaos in all aspects of human life, not only in the health sector but also in the economic, social, cultural and educational fields, this chaos was caused because the disease caused by the Corona Virus Novel had a very fast spread. The chaos in all aspects of life has created new normalities so that humans can survive amid the pandemic. Various protocols are implemented to enter into this new normality which is expected to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 until a vaccine is found. In the world of education, especially universities, the Indonesian government has determined that the learning process is carried out online to reduce face-to-face which has the potential to transmit this disease, but for certain cases face-to-face offline is needed, so it is obliged to comply with health protocols that have been determined by the government. and instances. Apart from learning, other Tridarma activities are also carried out in accordance with health protocols.
Research is one of the tri dharmas of higher education which is currently being aligned with the new era of normality, because research plays an important role in terms of innovation, technological advancement, and especially in increasing competitiveness in the eyes of the world. Research carried out by higher education academics should reach the stage of international publication, as a form of scientific communication, broadcast (informing) a research result to an international audience, in order to support the development of science and technology globally. The low level of international publication according to Nasution (2016) shows the low competitiveness of a nation, cannot support development, and ultimately there is no guarantee of success in the nation and state because of the inability of everyone to defend the state and nation.
Kementerian Riset dan Teknologi / Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional Republik Indonesia (Kemristekdikti) or in English named The Ministry of Research and Higher Education issued a policy to increase international publications for tertiary institutions, which was pursued in three ways, including: (1) Pushing the Science and Technology Index to become a Global Ranker (Sinta); (2) Increase group research and research synergy, collaborating with world researchers on the theme of Industry 4.0; (3) Increasing the quality and quantity of Intellectual Property. International publications have been clearly regulated in the Law of the Republic of Indonesia No.12 of 2012 concerning Higher Education, as an indicator for university ranking and a means of measuring one’s scientific competence.
Indonesia’s international publication has increased quite significantly in the category of the number of international publications since 2012 (based on the Scimago Journal and Country Rank), from 57 to 22, ranking third in Southeast Asia in 2017. However, the increase in quantity has not been accompanied by with the resulting publication productivity (citation per document = 0.18 and index H = 41), it is in stark contrast when compared to Singapore (citation per document = 0.51 and index H = 230) which ranks 21. The gap between quantity and productivity Publication can be seen as a process to continuously improve the quality of publications, one of which can be done through activities that accommodate research and publications of higher education academics. Because of the urgency of research publications in facing new norms, the Indonesian Christian University Teaching and Education Faculty (FKIP UKI) held an international conference “The 2nd International Conference of Education and Science (ICES)” with the theme “New Normal on Education”.