A sustainable partnership strategy is essential in supporting the government's link and super match program in Indonesia. The partnership between vocational high schools and industry has a significant impact in producing competent graduates according to the needs of the world of work. However, the fact is that many schools and industries only form partnerships as a formality so that effective and efficient partnerships are not created, which has an impact on the program's discontinuity. Therefore, it is interesting to explore this issue more deeply about how the partnership strategy of vocational high schools and their partner industries can establish sustainable partnerships. The research method used is a single case study. Researchers collected data through in-depth interviews obtained through seven informants from schools and five informants from partner industries and conducted document studies to support sources of evidence. The results show that a sustainable partnership strategy requires (1) intrinsic motivation, (2) accommodation capability, (3) acculturation of industrial values, (4) mutual commitment, and (5) determination of program activities. These five points are the key to establishing a sustainable partnership between vocational high schools and their partner industries.


partnership, strategy, sustainability, case study, vocational high school, industry

Author Bio(s)

Khusni Syauqi is one of the teaching staff at Yogyakarta State University. He is also currently pursuing a doctoral program from the technology and vocational education department at a public university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His research focuses on vocational education at the vocational high school and college levels. Corresponding author: khusnisyauqi@uny.ac.id.

Prof. Sudji Munadi is a professor of education at a state university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has expertise in evaluation, especially in vocational education.

Prof. Mochamad Bruri Triyono is a professor of education at one of the state universities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has areas of expertise in learning and partnerships in vocational education.


This research is supported and dedicated to the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP) and Yogyakarta State University who have supported and funded this research.

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