Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti), Mohamad Nasir, kicked off the National and International Science Event as part of the 23rd commemoration of National Technology Awakening Day (Hakteknas) at Grand Hotel Labersa, Riau, Pekanbaru, on August 9.

At the event, which carries the theme “Research and Innovation for Economy in Industry 4.0 Era”, Minister Nasir called on scientists and modifiers to improve their capacity to initiate, implement, as well as develop research.

Nasir also asked them to become more creative in creating innovation, which is needed for the 4.0 industrial revolution era and for a stronger national industry structure.
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They are hoped to understand the characteristic of Indonesia’s economical transformation from agrarian-based to high technology-based one and now creative innovation-based one.

Nasir said he was optimistic the Indonesian nation could rely on its own resources and to spur competitiveness. Nasir said the foremost aim of Hakteknas was to introduce local innovation to the world. Indonesian innovators have been able to create various kinds of innovations benefiting the society.

Nasir called on the researchers to improve their productivity in creating innovation.

“Innovation from research is a key for a country to become a winner. Therefore, there have been 10 research roadmap as the government’s focuses in doing the Making Indonesia 4.0 program,” he said.

Director general for strengthening of innovation, Jumain Appe, who also served as Hakteknas organizing committee chairman, said there were three scientific events held on August 9.
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First, the DRN and DRD plenary meetings, which carry the theme “Building Food and Energy Ecosystems To Face 4.0 Industrial Revolution.” Second, the Forum of Deans of Engineering Schools in Indonesia, which has the theme “The Works Done By Engineering Schools To Face the 4.0 Industrial Revolution.” Third, the 2018 Annual National Work Meeting for Research.

These national and international events consisted of 84 activities like workshops, symposiums, seminars, meetings, annual meetings, annual plenary meeting and meetings of associations of professions.

Some 45 activities were held in Riau while the other 39 were outside the province. Indonesian third president BJ Habibie attended the Hakteknas event as a keynote speaker. He offered his perspectives pertaining to strategy and policy for research development and national innovation in the future.

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Habibie said reseach and innovation produced by both higher education institutions and research institutions must be in line with the industry’s needs. Habibie said technological ability of local people had been demonstrated through the inaugural flight of the N-250 Gatotkaca aircraft, assembled by local scientists at IPTN Bandung, on August 10, 1995.

Habibie told Indonesian youths to honor the country’s independence by doing real innovative work. “N-250 was my present to Indonesia, which celebrated its 50th Independece Day. Current Indonesian youths must become greater than Habibie because the facility has been very complete,” he said.

Habibie also hoped Indonesian youths could work together to build the nation. “We need to consolidate, improve our teamwork, work in a team from Sabang to Merauke.” There are also other major events. There were briefings on the Presidential Regulation No. 16/2017 and the Presidential Regulation No. 38/2018 on National Research Master Plan for 2017-2045.

At the event, the government also inked MoUs with the National Statistics Agency (BPS), the Food and Drug Agency (BPOM) and with Indosat.
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Indonesia will be facing the 4.0 industrial era where the development of information and communication technology is becoming more global. That would need a reformulation of higher education priorities, so that they would be more relevant with the global development trend. Higher education institutions and research insitutions must become active in adaptation, creation, and innovation to make the most of opportunities and to deal with challenges in the 4.0 industrial era.

Research and development programs should focus on creating future technologies to support the 4.0 industrial revolution, which aims to expedite the introduction and commercialization of research products for the industry.

The government is also pushing for bigger contribution from the private sector to research, by granting stimulus and incentives, as well as creating a proportional budget for research in government and private sector.

Now the Ministry is trying to improve the national science and development policy, like improving human resources equipped with skills and high level education; improving the quality of learning and research; improving the research and development resources; increase research and development productivity and improving national innovation.

The government will gradually increase the allocation for research in the state budget from 0.9 percent to more than 1 percent of the budget. The government will further improve the budget and performance of research and development. These things have been included in the 2017-2045 National Research Masterplan.

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The event was also joined by Riau Governor Syamsuar, Riau Deputy Governor Edy Natar Nasution, Ministrial expert staff member Hari Purwanto, Ministry’ secretary-general Ainun Na’im, director general for strengthening of innovation Jumain Appe, director general for science and technology and higher education resources Ali Ghufron, heads of government agencies, National Research Board chairperson, Ministry’s cooperation and communication bureau head Nada Marsudi, other ministry high-level officials and other invited guests.