Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University teams up with technology company Honeywell to build a facility named “Honeywell UGM Connected Laboratory”. It employs an astute technology with automatized system which can be operated connectively.

Previously a Honeywell Lab was already established in Bandung Institute of Technology and University of Indonesia. Now there are three of its kind which can be connected each other and share resources among them using the provided technology.

Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir inaugurated UGM’s Honeywell Lab on November 28. The event, held at UGM’s school of engineering building, was continued by a discussion titled “Commitment and Collaboration to make Indonesia 4.0”.

In his speech, Nasir said he sent greetings from President Joko Widodo, who congratulated UGM for the new facility.

“Up to present, I think the higher education world has only been focusing with itself and has thus far refused to collaborate. This laboratory can be means for future collaborations and for creation of innovations,” said Nasir.

Nasir said the Honeywell Lab could improve competitiveness of the nation which he thought depended on the learning process and innovation.

“A country can be considered as a winner not because of its abundant natural resources or the large number of its people, but for the big number of innovation,” said Nasir.

Nasir said during the era of 4.0 industrial revolution people should think about dealing with the demographic bonus. This is because human resources could disadvantaged the country if they are not well managed.

“We need to improve the competitiveness of the current generation to compete at the global level. A good learning process and innovation are keys to achieving it. One of the mediums is this Honeywell laboratory,” said Nasir.

At the same occasion, UGM deputy rector Djagal Wiseso Marseno said the university’s cooperation with Honeywell would lead to programs that are aimed at attracting students to come to their campuses to create innovation, channelling their creativity and bridging the university with the industry, bureaucracy and other communities.

“A cooperation among four stakeholders will lead to the creation of a software. In the future, Honeywell could be a honeymoon among the university, the industry, bureaucracy and communities,” said Marseno.

Representative of Honeywell Indonesia, Sigit Yustinus, said he hoped that the hard work and investment from all parties could benefit future engineers from the university.

Yustinus said the facility was equipped with the Experion PKS Orion platform and Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality tools. They could help scientists learn about sophisticated industrial activities as they can be used for simulations. The technology used in UGM’s Honeywell Lab is connected to Internet, which would give students and lecturers opportunities to conduct simulations of various industrial processes.

Figures who attended the event included ministry’s director general for resources of science, technology and higher education Ali Ghufron Mukti, director general for research and development strengthening Muhammad Dimyati, assistance for specialty at the Yogyakarta Governor office Didik Purwadi and other invited guests.