UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga collaborates with PT Petrosida Gresik as the implementation of University Tri Dharma. A Memorandum of Understanding signing between both institution was done by Universitas Airlangga Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., MCA and the Director of PT. Petrosida Drs. Hery Widyatmoko., Ak., MM., in the office of PT Petrosida Gresik, on Monday, October 10.
In the memorandum of understanding, the collaborative projects between them are in education, research, development and community service. PT. Petrosida is a company of pesticide active materials and formulation also some bio-based products for agriculture and fishery.
Director of PT. Petrosida Hery Widyatmoko hoped that this MoU signing can be a collaboration which achieves the desired targets, either from the education or research aspects. For Petrosida, this collaboration was not the first time as they have done it with other institution.
In the occasion, they also discussed on the plan to develop xylanase enzyme from the research of Prof. Dr. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih., M.Si. In this regard, Petrosida has met Prof. Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih, Director of Education UNAIR who is also a professor of FST Chemistry Department to study the plan. As we all know, xylanase enzyme was one of the enzyme used in the production of paper.
“We have met Bu Nyoman previously and have studied the research result on xylanase enzyme. For laboratory scale, xylanase enzyme created by Prof. Nyoman has met the requirement to be distributed in the market,” said Hery Widyatmoko.
Similar statements made by Prof. Mohammad Nasih. He appreciated and expressed his gratitude to PT Petrosida which has welcomed Universitas Airlangga well, and agreed to collaborate with UNAIR.
“We’d like to express our gratitude to PT. Petrosida which was willing to receive us. We are also ready to provide education staff for PT Petrosida if they them for training or workshops. We are also ready with our researchers to help,” said Prof. Nasih.
In the meeting, there were some officials of both institutions, such as Vice Rector IV UNAIR, Djunaidi Khotib and staff also the management of PT. Petrosida. After the MoU signing, Petrosida staff accompanied the guests to observe the enzyme processing in the factory. (*)
Author: Faridah Hariani
Editor: Bambang Bes