Indonesia and Iran have maintained their bilateral scientific, technology and higher education (STHE) since 2006. The first MoU on Science and Technology was signed, and it is renewed again in 2014.

Following such signing, many activities have been done, including (i) the working visit of HE Mr. Prof. Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education to Tehran, Iran, in February 2015, (ii) the involvement of the Pardis Technology Park (PTP) in the ceremony the National Technology Awakening Days (HAKTEKNAS) in 2015, (iii) the visit of HE Prof. M Farhadi, the Minister for Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) Iran to Indonesia, 3-5 October 2015, and (iv) several visit of VVIP from Iran. HE Minister Nasir also acted as the Chief of Guests, in the 36th and 37th Anniversary of the Victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, respectively in the year of 2015 and 2016.

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During the 4th Indonesia – Iran S&T Joint Working Committee meeting in 2014 in Jakarta, the agreed research areas (i) earth and science, (ii) health and medicine, including stem cell, (iii) biotechnology, (iv) nanotechnology, (v) aerospace-technology.  These areas are in synergy with the 7+1 priority research areas in Indonesia, including food and agriculture, energy, health and medicine, ICT, transportation, defense technology, advanced material (including nanotechnology), and maritime.

In order to strengthen the cooperation in Nanotechnology, from April 10-13, 2017; the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) hosted the Iranian delegation from the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC).

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The delegation was headed by Prof. Saeed Sarkar, the Secretary General of INIC. He was accompanied by HE. Mr. Valiollah Mohammadi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Other Iranian delegates were Mr. Mir Javad Negarandeh, Advisor to INIC, Dr. Reza Asadi Fard, Director Industry and Marketing Working, INIC, as well as Mr. Ali Reza Sohbati, the First Secretary, the Embassy of Iran in Jakarta.

The R&D centres and the university that were visited were the University of Indonesia, the National S&T Center (PUSPIPTEK), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, as well as the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

On April 11, 2017, during the technical meeting hosted by MoRTHE;  Indonesian experts in nanotechnology derived from UI, ITB, UGM, BPPT, LIPI, the Indonesian Association of Nanotechnology; expressed their desires to collaborate with INIC and Iranian Universities, which have competency in nanotechnology research and development.  Hopefully, these desires could be implemented and realized in the future into concrete programs.

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In relation with capacity building, human resource development, as well as the development of STI, HE Minister Nasir hoped that (i) joint research, (ii) joint conferences/workshop/seminars, (iii) capacity building: degree, training, internship, (iv) developing, producing and commercializing joint nanotechnology products, based on the principle of knowledge based society; could be implemented in the future.

During the meeting, HE Minister Nasir was accompanied by Director General of Research and Development Muhammad Dimyati, Director General of STHE Institutional Affairs, Nada Marsudi, Tri Sundari, Annisa Pranowo, and Tulus from the Bureau of Cooperation and Public Communication.

Ending the meeting, both sides agreed that the next 5th Indonesia – Iran Joint Working Committee (JWC), will be conducted in Tehran, 8-11 October 2017. In this regards, both Prof. Saeed Sarkar and HE. Mr. Valiollah Mohammadi, invited HE Minister Nasir to conduct a working visit again to Iran in 2017, including a visit to INIC.

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