Kemenristekdikti-UNAIR Publicize, Monitor and Evaluate Foreign Researcher Permit

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Dr Takako Utsumi during presentation (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – As an effort to develop and transfer knowledge and science, government always try to make opportunity to collaborate with foreign researchers. Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education held a publicization, monitoring and evaluation on foreign researcher permit on Thursday April 28 in Institute of Tropical Disease Universitas Airlangga.

As speakers there were Dr. Sri Wahyono as Head of Research Permit Administration Kemeristekdikti,  Prof. Maria Lucia Inge Lusida, dr., M.Kes., Ph.D the Head of  Institute of Tropical Disease UNAIR, and Dr Takako Utsumi of Kobe University. This event was also attended by Vice Rector III UNAIR, chairmen of boards and institutes in UNAIR, deans, chief of police, agencies, institutions, immigration office and national park center also some rectors of universities in East Java.

In his speech, Vice Rector III UNAIR Prof. Mochammad Amin Alamsjah, Ir., M.Si., Ph.D stated that the publicization was a supporting factor to reinforce research in UNAIR. More researches will support UNAIR to reach Top 500 World University.

“Academic excellence, research excellence, community service excellenceand university holding excellence are factors to support UNAIR to reach Top 500 World University. Some units and institutes have programs pursuant to their fields and authorities, including Institute of Tropical Disease,” said Prof. Amin.

Dr. Sri Wahyono stated that since 2010, Kemenristekdikti has issued more than 500 permits. This number is rising each year. As mandated by General Directorate of Research and Development Reinforcement, there is an effort to make it reach 1000 permits each year.

“There are about 780 proposals submitted each year. But we are filtered. Some proposals are rejected, some are postponed for revision, completion or addition and partner change,” said Sri Wahyono.

In the occasion, Sri Wahyono said that the permit mechanism is regulated in Indonesian Law No. 41 in 2006, on Permit to Conduct Research and Development Activity for Foreign University, Research and Development Institute, Company and Individual.  Researches in Indonesia need to be organized as Indonesia , according to her, is a natural laboratory as it has diverse natural resources and strategic location for foreign researches.

Sri Wahyono also said that foreign researchers’ interest was mostly on biological diversity. Indonesia has high biological diversity. Most often objects for research were natural preserve, protected forest and national parks.

“Contribution of foreign researchers is quite big, especially for joint research and joint publication for international journals and magazine,” she said.

Even though Indonesia has to boost permits for foreign researches, but from the collaboration, balance is expected. “Don’t let us be helpers during collaboration. It is important. So MoU as the basis of the cooperation should be reviewed,” she said.

In the occasion, Prof. Soetjipto, dr., MS, Ph.D former Vice Rector III UNAIR also commented on the importance of increasing collaborations with foreign parties. As what ITD has done before, from their collaboration with Kobe University, ITD UNAIR got funding and operational system, which the equipments cannot be afforded by UNAIR fund. Furthermore, in Indonesia to get equipments from the collaboration with Kobe University, the permit from the ministry was quite difficult.

According to Prof. Inge, right now there are many collaborations conducted by ITD UNAIR with foreign researchers. They can be with foreign companies or universities. To get results, the collaborations should be held at least 4 years.

“We have to be a level partner. For juniors, first, to learn. But after  that it should be a level performance,” said Prof. Inge. (*)

Author : Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor    : Nuri Hermawan

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