UNAIR Facilitates Researchers of Indonesia and Australia

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The Mayor of Surabaya speaking in Indonesia Australia Research Summit.

UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga is trusted to host the conference of researchers affiliated in The Australia-Indonesia Centre and the Ministry of Research, Technology Higher Education. The conference is being held for two days and was opened officially on Monday, August 22 by UNAIR Rector Prof. Nasih in Garuda Mukti hall, Management Office Building UNAIR.

The conference was attended by more than 150 researchers of both countries. This time, the theme was “Innovating Together: Starting Local, Reaching Global”.

The conference was divided into two sessions involving academicians, government and non-government organization. In the plenary session, the speakers are Prof. Ainun Na’im as the General Secretary of Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Harold Mitchell AC, the person in charge of Australia-Indonesia Centre, UNAIR Rector Prof. M. Nasih, Wikke Novalia a doctoral program student researching urban water management, Ewa Wojkowska of Kopernik Indonesia, and Adam Zaborszczyk of Melbourne City Council.

UNAIR’s role in this AIC Summit is as research coordinator on health. In his speech, UNAIR Rector said that through this conference hopefully there will be more innovations to improve the researches’ quality.

“I urge the researchers either from Indonesia or Australia to establish new collaboration and cooperation of research in many field,” said Prof. Nasih.

Australian Ambassador for Indonesia, HE Paul Grigson, was also present in this opening ceremony of AIC Summit. He said that Austrialia is the country which receives most foreign students in the world. So this conference can be an opportunity for researchers to collaborate with Australian researchers.

Similar with Ambassador HE Paul Grigsson, General Secretary of Kemenristekdikti Ainun Naim said that there are many potentials of Indonesia which can be developed together with Australia such as food technology, maritime and energy.

“And Indonesian government has a lot of plans to develop it,” said Ainun.

Harold Mitchell AC, Head of  AIC  said that this cooperation has undergone for more than two years. “We can utilize potentials of both countries and improve them. It is the biggest collaboration from both countries. Most importantly, we can involve researchers and other resources from some universities to help with our programs in solving global issues,” said Harold.

In panel discussion session, there are five sub-themes, infrastructure, health, social, water management, and  joint competitive advantage. Some researchers will present their researches.

The activity is an effort to discuss innovations presented by researchers of both countries. Beside discussing the innovations, the conference is expected to establish network with industrial parties and policy makers.

After the opening, there was a discussion session. One of the speakers was the Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini. In her presentation, Risma explained innovations she made during her leadership, such as online birth certificate registration, online patient registration and prescription submission in hospital.

“I went to hospital at half past five once and the queuing line was already 200 meters. So I created applications, so they people do not have to come early in the morning and queue in the hospital. Through the system, the doctor can also check patients’ medical records,” Risma said.

Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Nuri Hermawan

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