Media Indonesia, page 23
Five state universities (PTN) were selected to work together on research worth US $20 million with a number of US universities. The state universities are the University of Indonesia (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), University of Padjadjaran (Unpad), and the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM). Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristek Dikti), M Nasir said the five PTNs appointed to conduct research are also responsible to foster other campus related to similar research.
Menristek Dikti in the launch of USAID-SHERA programs in the Office of Kemenristek and Dikti, yesterday said that USAID SHERA (USAID Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances) becomes a vehicle to develop researches in the country. This cooperation is not only limited to publications, but continues on to development of prototypes and innovations. Nasir hoped the PTNs which are partnering with the US campuses can develop good researches.
He said that the establishment of five PTNs that will collaborate with the US universities is done through selection and assessment. SHERA is one of several research projects in the fields of energy, information and communication technology, environment, as well as several other researches.
Meanwhile, US Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia, Brian McFeeters who attended the event said that the funding for researches worth US $20 million was a grant to increase the capacity of universities to produce international standard researches. Researches carried out are based on cooperation through the collaborative research center or a center for collaborative research (CCR) and carried out by USAID SHERA. The formation of CCR is to help develop, nurture, and sustain researches in the fields of science, technology, and innovation. Partnerships between higher education institutions in the US and Indonesia are expected to improve the ability of researchers and capacity of environmental researches in Indonesia.