UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga keeps making efforts to accelerate infrastructure development for quality academic life. Therefore, cooperations are sought, either with educational institution or non-educational one. The latest one ensured, UNAIR collaborated with PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (PII), which the MoU signing was done in UNAIR Rector office room, on Friday, May 20.
“Cooperation with PT. PII is expected to accelerate infrastructure development realization in UNAIR,” said UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. H. Mohammad Nasih, MT., SE., Ak, CMA., and added that this cooperation is not in a consumptive way but for infrastructure investment.
“This cooperation has been planned long time ago. If we talk about infrastructure, then we do not only talk about technical aspect, but also economic, legal and social aspects. Coincidentally, UNAIR has its expertise there. We want to involve the university in those three aspects. Because in reality, these three aspects become very important,” said Pratomo Ismujatmika, Senior Vice President Corporate Secretary PT PII.
Pratomo also added that infrastructure experts in Indonesia are rare. Through cooperation with university, expert human resources can be acquired. Based on past experience, infrastructure projects in Indonesia often used foreign experts. Therefore, his institution now is trying to cooperate with 30 universities in Indonesia. UNAIR was recorded as 23rd university which cooperate with PT. PII.
“Hopefully, if we need a certain expert, we can get it from the university. It is more effective in terms of cost and the university is also more independent. We’d like to empower universities to produce experts,” he said.
He also added that this cooperation will continue as long as it takes. It is not limited by time and the Mou signing started the cooperation.
Interviewed in a different occasion, Vice Rector IV UNAIR, Junaidi Khotib, S.Si, Apt., M.Kes, Ph.D who oversees university holding said that cooperation with PT. PII will accelerate UNAIR infrastructure development implementation. If the funding only relies on APBN, then infrastructure development will run slowly. And it will make us difficult to meet the academic challenges which are getting higher and varied.
“In the future, developmental funding will be realized to build Pharmacy Building, Health Science Spa, Syariah Tower and also Agung Techno Park,” said Junaidi while added that in the future UNAIR will assist development acceleration by providing needed experts.
“For infrastructure, the development does not only need technical experts as it will affect widely with problems on land, law, added value matter and other things. Faculties in UNAIR can give supports on those. We do not have engineering faculty, but we still can provide supports on aspects which engineering institution or faculty cannot give,’ said Junaidi. (*)
Author : Binti Quryatul Masruroh
Editor : Bambang Bes