MORTHE’s Press Release
Jakarta – The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir revealed his experience of leading the new Ministry, which merged the Ministry of Research and Technology and the Directorate General for Higher Education from the Ministry of Education and Culture. Nasir was just chosen as the Rector of Diponegoro University on 9 September 2014, but later got appointed as the Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education by President Joko Widodo on 20 Oktober 2014. Nasir then set targets that have never been achieved, either by the Ministry of Research and Technology or by the Directorate General for Higher Education.
“I never dreamt about being a Minister. When I was appointed, it was surreal. The performances I have done for the past five years, I never imagined to be able to accomplish such things before,” said Minister Nasir on the Performance Review of MORTHE’s Achievements In Five Years (2014-2019) in MORTHE’s Building D Auditorium, Senayan, Central Jakarta on Friday (18/10).
Nasir stated that there were two main things he did while leading MORTHE, which was improving the bureaucracy—especially in the budget accountability affairs, and streamlining the community services through online systems.
“In bureaucracy affairs, I was tasked to change the bureaucracy system by merging the Ministry of Research and Technology and the Directorate General for Higher Education from the Ministry of Education and Culture,” he said.
Minister Nasir stated that when he first took the office, both the Ministry of Research and Technology and the Directorate General for Higher Education was still graded with “Fair With Exceptions” (WDP) predicate from Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK). Minister Nasir targeted MORTHE to get the “Fair Without Exceptions” (WTP) predicate.
“I am grateful that within the first year we could increase the reputation, bearing the WTP predicate until now. According to BPK reports, the fastest problem solving was in MORTHE. We reorganized the bureaucracy first, then we organized the service systems,” said Nasir.
After getting the WTP predicate, Minister Nasir then focuses on cutting the time and indirect cost (printing documents, delivering documents to Jakarta, and such) from the services related to research and higher education, for example is the Overseas Degree Equivalence services for those who are willing to come back to Indonesia.
“Back then, to arrange the Overseas Degree Equivalence, they have to fly back to Indonesia to do that and fill in the paperworks in Jakarta’s office. It would waste time and money. That is why I suggested the online services through our Integrated Information and Service Center (PINTU). Now they can do it online and it’s way faster,” said Minister Nasir.
Minister Nasir made PINTU as a one-gate-system that provides all public services as well as receives any report related to MORTHE’s programs. With PINTU, public services and community complaints reports could be solved more efficiently.
“After PINTU, the changes we are feeling are quite significant. There were significant improvements in solving problems related to the services, and the accomplishments are appreciated by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform,” he explained.
Beside the appreciation from the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, for the past five years MORTHE also got appreciations in the matters of public complaints, general services, and information distribution of MORTHE’s programs through main media and social media. The following are the awards received for the past five years regarding public services:
1. The only Ministry got into the Top 10 of 2018 Public Services Complaint Management from the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform
2. Silver Winner of 2019 Most Innovative Public Information Services Report from Indonesian PR Award
4. Silver Winner of 2019 Most Innovative Public Services Space from Indonesian PR Award
6. Silver Winner of 2019 Ministry Website from Indonesian PR Award
7. The 2019 Most Popular Online Media from Indonesian PR Award
8. Silver Winner of 2018 e-Magazine from Indonesian PR Award
9. First Place Winner in Press Release Category on the 2017 PR Media Award from Government Public Relations Coordinating Board
10. Second Place Winner in Information Services through Website Category on the 2017 PR Media Award from Government Public Relations Coordinating Board
11. Second Place Winner in Advertorial Category on the 2017 PR Media Award from Government Public Relations Coordinating Board
12. The 2016 Inews Maker Awards in Innovation Downstream Category from Inews
The improvements on online services are also applied on the registration process of Professors which then encourages the increasing numbers of researches, scientific journal publications, and patents, especially the ones created by or coached by the Professors.
“The solution of improvements needed are online systems. I am grateful we did it in 2016. With the online systems, the arrangement of new Professors and Head Lecturers should only take 45 days tops, while it would take up to 2 years before. The improvements are quite fast, and hopefully it will increase the numbers of Professors and publication journals,” said Nasir.
From the increasing number of professors expected along with the professor submission service efficiency, the number of scientific publication in Indonesia has reached the first rank in ASEAN in 2018 with 34,415 publications, beat out Malaysia with 33,419 publications and Singapore with 22,741 publications.
The increasing numbers of scientific publication is also followed by the increasing number of patents. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) data, Indonesia has increased the number of patent from 1,058 certificates in 2015 to 1,109 in 2016. In 2017, Indonesia has reached the first rank of patent numbers in ASEAN with 2,271 patents. In 2018 Indonesia was still the country with highest patent numbers in ASEAN with 2,841 patents.
In the matter research and patent downstreaming, MORTHE has funded and coached several innovative products from researches and patents used in society, including two medical tools for dental and mouth health, the anti-microbial dentolaser and cells photobiomodulation from Airlangga University, Plasma Ozone Machine from Diponegoro University to prolong the storage time of horticulture crops, Brawijaya Sweet corn seeds from Brawijaya University which are diseases resistant, Merah Putih Catalyst from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) which can produce bioavtur and palm-oil-based green diesel, and the Gesits electric motorcycle from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) which already got full supports from other ministries.
“Principally, Gesits is the first electric vehicle Indonesia ever produced. Indonesia never had principals before. This would be the first one in electric motorcycle startup company. Later on the electric cars should do the same,” said Minister Nasir.
The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education encouraged the fair distribution of charging stations infrastructure across Jakarta area by 2020 by ensuring other Ministers to try the Gesits motorcycles firsthand.
“On the launching day in National Monumen of Indonesia, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, and the Minister of Industry Erlangga Hartanto tried the Gesits motorcycles,” said Minister Nasir.
Beside the innovations from universities, MORTHE also encourages students and communities to contribute in increasing Indonesian economy based on innovations through the Technology-Based Startup Program (PPBT) and Promising Technology-Based Startup Program (CPPBT). The mature PPBTs with more than IDR 1 billion of turnover are expected to maintain Indonesian economy in the global competition.
The number of PPBT with more than IDR 1 billion of turnover has been doubled each year. In 2015, there were only four companies. In 2016, the numbers were doubled into eight companies. In 2017 they were almost tripled, which were 21 companies. In 2018, there were 30 companies with bestselling products and more than IDR 1 billion of turnover. It is expected that these 30 companies could be pioneers in moving Indonesian economy state based on research and innovation downstreaming.
“I want to increase domestic innovation products, so that Indonesian economy would be competitive and strong in the competition,” said Minister Nasir.
Since 2015 MORTHE has been distributing billions of Rupiah of budgets to the tenants from the CPPBT and PPBT. The numbers of tenants from both programs has been increased along the year. In 2015 there were 52 tenants, increased into 203 tenants in 2016, and 661 tenants in 2017. The latest data in 2018 there were 956 tenants recorded from CPPBT and PPBT. On the next period, it is expected to be more than a thousand tenants from each province in Indonesia.
Also attending the event are the Director General for Research and Development Strengthening Muhammad Dimyati, the Director General for Science, Technology, and Higher Education Resources Ali Ghufron Mukti, MORTHE’s Expert Staff for Infrastructure Hari Purwanto, the Head of Partnership and Public Communication Bureau Nada Darmiyanti Sriwijaningrum, the Head of Planning Bureau Erry Ricardo Nurzal, the Head of Data and Information Center for Science, Technology, and Higher Education Andika Fajar, the Head of Learning and Education Center Wisnu Sardjono Soenarso, the Head of Science and Technology Research Center Sri Setiawati, the Secretary of Directorate General for Research and Development Strengthening Prakoso, the Director for Technology-Based Startup Program Retno Sumekar, the Director of Research and Development Institution Kemal Prihatman, along with echelon three and echelon four officials and MORTHE’s employees.
Partnership and Public Communication Bureau
Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education