United Kingdom (UK), is one of the active International partners for the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Ristek-Dikti Ministry). Following the former Courtesy Call of His Excellency Moazzam Malik, the Ambassador of United Kingdom (UK) to Indonesia, which was conducted on January 15, 2015; there have been several activities done between UK and Indonesia.
Working under the partnership framework amongst British Council, Ristek-Dikti Ministry, University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) and Institute Teknologi of Sepuluh November (ITS); the UK and Indonesian committee organized the joint program of the Senior UK Higher Education Delegation Visit to Indonesia, 2-6 March 2015 in Jakarta, Yogjakarta and Surabaya.
On March 3rd, 2015, conducted in the Ristek-Dikti Ministry; HE Prof. M. Nasir, PhD, Akt., Minister for Research, Technology, and Higher Education joined the excellent brainstorming between the seniors of UK Higher Education (HE) delegation from seventeen (17) UK universities, and the Indonesian high officials and senior researchers from Ristek Dikti Ministry and the Non Ministerial R&D Agencies (LPNKs). The LPNKs consist of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), the Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology (EIMB), the National Nuclear Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN), and the National Standardization Agency (BSN).
In his talks, HE Minister Nasir emphasized on the academic and institutional research and development (RD) importance. This importance matter should be combined with the private and or public companies. He mentioned that in the new paradigm, all Indonesian researchers and their International partners should have creative thinking on how to leverage research results into commercialized R&D products or innovations, which are useful for societies. Private and or public companies should be invited to develop the joint research program, since the very beginning, so at the end, together they could produce scientific products which will benefit the societies.
The brainstorming session was opened by Deputy Minister Agus R Hoetman, and chaired by Nada Marsudi. Tri Sundari and Herlina Hadi as part of the committee were also in attendance. Common interest research areas discussed in the brainstorming session were (i) Energy, renewable, bio- and alternative energy; (ii) Food and Agriculture; (iii) Health and Medicine; and (iv) Manufacturing, and (vi) Standardization.
The possible scopes of cooperation in the future are including joint research and development and capacity building, including degrees, training, exchanges of Professors, lecturers, scientists, STI policy makers. Funding sources for supporting such cooperation should be explored and identified in the future. Among others are from the Newton Fund, British Councils, Ristek-Dikti Ministry (research incentives programs; capacity building programs; mobility program), as well as other International Organizations.
This excellent brainstorming result were then followed-up in more detail sessions in the Triple Helix ‘Lost in Translation’ Conference at the UGM in the following days (4 March 2015), in which the Ristek-Dikti Ministry were represented by Deputy Minister for S&T Institutions, Dr. Mulyanto and his sub-ordinates. In principle, both Indonesia and UK delegates had common grounds and interests in developing the joint research, technology and higher education (RT-HE) programs in the future (Ad5Dep3/humasristek/III/2015).