In an effort pegembangan and knowledge transfer, the government continues to increase the chances of cooperation undertaken between foreign researchers with researchers Indonesia. Housed at the Institute of Tropical Diseases (LPT) Airlangga University, the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) held socialization and Monev Licensing Foreign Researcher, Thursday (28/4).
Present as the guest speaker in this socialization Dr. Sri Wahyono as Head Section of Administrative Licensing Kemenristekdikti Research, Prof. Maria Lucia Inge lucida, dr., Kes., Ph.D as Chairman of the Institute of Tropical Disease Airlangga University, and Dr Takako Utsumi from Kobe University. Socialization was also attended by Vice Rector III UNAIR, chairman of environmental agencies and institutions in UNAIR, deans, heads of police departments, agencies, immigration offices, as well as the hall of national parks, and several rectors of universities in East Java.
Through his speech, Prof. Amin mochammad Alamsjah, Ir., M.Sc., Ph.D., as Vice Rector III UNAIR said that this socialization is one of the factors that participate in pushing the number of environmental research UNAIR. A large number of research will also be influential in delivering UNAIR toward the world ranking of 500.
“Academic excellence, research excellence, community service excellence, and holding university excellence are all factors that can deliver UNAIR in heading 500 of the world. Some units and agencies have the appropriate program areas and authorities, including the LPT UNAIR, “said Prof. Amin.
In his presentation, Dr. Sri Wahyono said that since 2010 the number of permits issued by Kemenristekdikti average of more than 500. This number is likely to increase each year. Following the mandate of the Director General of strengthening research and development, the number strived to achieve in 1000 the number of licenses in each year.
“There are an average of 780 proposals submitted each year. But there is a filter of us. There is also a proposal that we rejected, there is also a pending proposal to revise, complete the proposal, or add and change partners, “said Sri Wahyono.
On this occasion, Sri Wahyono said that the licensing mechanism is regulated in Government Regulation No. 41 In 2006, About Licensing Conducting Research And Development For Foreign Higher Education, Research and Development of Foreign, Foreign Corporations, and Foreign. Research in Indonesia needs to be regulated. Because according to him, Indonesia is a “natural laboratory” because it has the potential wealth and strategic geographical location to become the ground for foreign researchers.
Said Sri Wahyono, foreign research interests are mostly located in the field of life sciences. Biodiversity in Indonesia is very high. Which is often the subject of studies that object is in the nature reserves, protected forests and national parks.
“The contribution of foreign researchers is quite large, especially for joint research and joint publications in international journals and magazines,” he said.
Although Indonesia should boost the number of foreign research permits, but of such cooperation must be a balance. “Do not let us be of such cooperation” helpers “. That’s important. So the MoU as the basis of cooperation should also be reviewed, “he said.
On this occasion, Prof. Soetjipto, dr., MS, PhD former Vice Rector III UNAIR joined commented on the importance of enhancing cooperation with foreign parties. As ever done LPT UNAIR. Thanks to the collaboration with Kobe University, LPT UNAIR never get funding and operational system, in which the price of the equipment is not bought with funds provided by UNAIR. Moreover, in Indonesia, to get the equipment as provided by Kobe University, the licensing of the ministry is quite difficult.
Based on the narrative of Prof. Inge, today has been a lot of cooperation established between LPT UNAIR with foreign researchers. The good cooperation with the university, as well as with foreign companies. So that the cooperation can be seen the results, minimal cooperation is performed up to 4 years.
“We must apply the same level as a partner. For their junior learn. But after that we have to perform the same level, “concluded Prof Inge. (*)