UNAIR NEWS – Collaboration to maximize potentials. It was stated by Rector of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) during interview with the press related to The Australia-Indonesia Centre and Ristekdikti’s “Indonesia-Australia Research Summit” held in UNAIR on Monday, August 22. The conference of researchers has “Innovating Together: Starting Local, Reaching Global” as a theme.
“The point of this conference is to boost innovation as it cannot be done alone. We need more resources and collaborations with other parties,” said UNAIR Rector.
So is the conference held for these two days. According to Prof. Nasih, the organized international research forums are aimed to boost more innovations at any fields of study, for example, UNAIR’s excellence on health can be collaborated with other parties to produce more innovations.
“Such as Australian cows, for example, why do they become favorites and we just import them. What is special from them, we must study them and the results can be used to improve our domestic potentials,” said Prof. Nasih.
Prof. Nasih also expressed his appreciation for this research conference as there are many strategic issues discussed, such as Chinese domination in many business cooperation.
Prof. Nasih hoped that through this kind of international forum, UNAIR academic researches will be stimulated.
“Australian researchers are willing to come here? Why aren’t we? Hopefully, we (UNAIR researchers, ed) will also go there for research,” said Prof. Nasih.
Regarding the collaborations, UNAIR has made a lot collaborations with Australian universities and government. Currently, UNAIR, Universitas Indonesia, the University of Western Australia and the government of East Java is having a collaboration to develop research on inclusion class. Inclusion class is for students with limited hearing so they can blend in among friends without having to stay in separated classroom.
“It is being worked on so they do not have to stay in a separated room. And they can do activities with their friends,” said Prof. Nasih.
Beside research collaborations, UNAIR also has other collaboration on other field such as student and staff exchange. With the collaboration, the professor of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UNAIR hoped that it could preserve this bilateral relation so they can be in terms of quality and improvement of the country.
“This is a collaboration, so to collaborate and learn as well as to end dependency among the students,” said Prof. Nasih. (*)
Penulis: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh