Promoting Research to Improve Competitiveness

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Head of National Research Dr. Ir. Bambang Irawan presenting the book of National Research Agenda 2016-2019 as a souvenir to UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak. (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – Indonesian competitiveness this year is falling from 37 to 41. According the data disclosed by the Head of National Research (DRN) Dr. Ir. Bambang Irawan, IPU, the cause is the unavailability of excellent human resources to conduct researches.

According to Bambang, the biggest percentages of research and development resources were distributed in three fields, tobaccos, base metal, machine and equipments. Therefore, resources conducted researches were limited.

“There will be competitiveness if it is supported with strong human resources. The reference is the manufacture industrial exports,” said Bambang.

Beside problems on human resources (SDM), the Head of DRN also quoted B.J. Habibie that the challenge in research development is the absence of research tradition.

“We don’t have a tradition. It can be seen from the cancellation of aeroplanes production. It is not continued until now,” he added during the event of “Sosialisasi Agenda Riset Nasional 2016-2019“, on Thursday, December 8, in Kahuripan Hall 300, Universitas Airlangga.

Research Agenda
In the event attended by UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak, nine fields of research being developed and published in the book of National Research Agenda 2016-2019 were announced. The book was published by DRN and the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education on August 9, 2016.

Those nine fields of study were food and agriculture, energy, health and medicine, transportation, information technology, defense and security technology, advanced materials, and social humanities.

In the field of energy, for example, some of the research theme in the agenda are the development of fuel based on renewable energy,  development of new and clean energy, development of electricity based on renewable energy, and national policy review in energy field to support sustainable energy development.

In transportation, the research planned were on transportation infrastructure technology, transportation facilities technology, integration of supporting and boosting transportation sector, and transportation governance and funding.

Dr. Ir. Lala M. Kolopaking, the member of DRN Social Humanities Technical Commission, said that the output of the research were new varieties of plants, new strain of cattle/fish, method/pilot project, model and startup company.

UNAIR was the first institution appointed DRN for the publicization of national research agenda. Regarding the implementation, the research agenda will be promoted to related institution, applied, observed, and evaluation. (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S
Editor : Faridah Hari

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