On July 13th, 2017, HE Mr. Mohamad Nasir, Phd.Akt, the Indonesian Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, received HE Mr. Johan N Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councilor of the Swiss Confederation, Head of Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland, at the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) at D Building, Senayan, Jakarta.

HE Mr. Johan N Schneider-Ammann, was accompanied among others by HE Madame Yvonee Baumann, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia; HE Ambassador Mauro Moruzzi, the Head of Division, International Relations, State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), EAE; several High Level People from Swiss Business Societies and from Swiss Universities. Meanwhile, HE Minister Mohamad Nasir, was accompanied by Secretary General Ainun Na’im, Director General of STHE Institutional Affairs, Patdono Soewignyo, Director General of STHE Resources, Ali Ghufron Mukti, Head Bureau Cooperation and Public Communication, Nada Marsudi, Head of Division, Tri Sundari, Head of Intenational Cooperation Sub-Division, and Nova Febriyani.

Two important programs conducted at the Indonesian MoRTHE, in relation with the working visit of Swiss delegation on July 13th 2017, were (i) the Indonesian and Swiss Seminar on ‘How Science and Techno Parks propel innovation: Swiss and Indonesian Experiences’, and (ii) the bilateral meeting on Science, Technology and Higher Education between Indonesia and Switzerland.

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During the bilateral meeting, both HE Minister Nasir and HE Federal Councilor Schneider-Ammann exchanged views on the STHE in Indonesia and Switzerland. HE Minister Nasir said that Indonesian MoRTHE was established in October 2014, it coordinates seventh Non Ministerial R&D Agencies and around 4,500 Indonesian universities. Moreover, the Ministry has various programs, which some of them could be collaborated with its International partners. Such programs are, amongst other (i) capacity building, including scholarship for lecturers, scientists (degree, non-degree, training, and internship); (ii) world – ranking class university, (iii) improving national accreditation, vocational higher education, (iv) science, technology park, (v) center of excellence, (vi) research and development, (v) innovation.

HE Federal Councilor Schneider-Ammann appreciated such explanation and informed the meeting that he brought the top businessmen and scientists to Indonesia this time, in order to fulfilling the commitment made by both Countries last year, in 2016, for hosting the joint seminar on Science and Techno Park on 13 July 2017. He said that Switzerland is ready to collaborate with the Indonesians, for the development of STP, vocational higher education, and will explore some common interests in implementing joint research and development programs, in some priority research areas of Indonesia, ie health and medicine, agriculture and food, information and communication technology, as well as science, technology park (STP). As Switzerland is very famous for its vocational school, surely the development of vocational higher education in Indonesia, would also be one of the interests.

After the bilateral meeting, HE Minister Nasir and HE Federal Councilor Schneider-Ammann jointly closed the joint seminar on Science Techno Parks (STP). This STP seminar, was formerly opened by Director General, Patdono Soewignyo in the morning. In his opening remarks, he explained that Indonesia is now developing the new 22 STP.

To establish an STP, usually advanced countries need 25-30 years for it; therefore, Indonesia should learn not only from one Country, but also from various countries at once. As Indonesia cannot just imitate one STP and build it in Indonesia, but every country should design its STP according to the local requirements and needs of each region in each Country.

STP will also be adjusted to the national advantageous of one area, and synergized with the existing universities and or center of excellences in that area. Every STP would have different targeted programs. Therefore, at the early stages of an STP establishment, a Feasibility Study should be done first. Switzerland, is one of other several Countries that will assist Indonesia in developing its STP.

In his closing remarks, HE Minister Nasir appreciated both organizing committees for successfully conducting the event, especially to HE Ambassador Yvonne who has approached the Ministry since few months ago, and working with DG Patdono, Dr Lukito, Director of STP, Dr Purwanto Subroto et all.

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HE Minister Nasir also expressed his gratitude to all Indonesia and Swiss speakers and participants, who shared their experiences and perspectives, through several topics:

– Research and Innovation Landscape in both Countries,
– The university-industrial linkage program,
– Bridging research results to commercialization,
– Swiss experience in establishing Science & Techno Park/Innovation Park,
– Indonesian experience in establishing STP.

In his final remarks, HE Minister Nasir reemphasize the statement that in principle, Indonesia is consistent to promote STP programs with Switzerland, as one of Indonesian International partners, and this would be implemented amongst other through Techno-entrepreneurship, internship as well as technology transfer.

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Bureau of Cooperation
and Public Communication,
The Ministry of Research, Technology
and Higher Education