MORTHE’s Press Release
Jakarta – The government gathered a hundred researchers and tech-engineers who have been granted the non degree education and training scholarship from the 2013-2020 RISET-Pro Program. They are encouraged to take advantage of Indonesian freedom in giving overseas training to support the development of innovation in domestic companies.
“The students from People’s Republic of China are now having difficulties to get visa in America. You have to take the opportunity and gain advantages. What happened in the America and China’s trade war, Thailand, Vietnam, and others has taken the advantage, including research collaboration,” said Director General for Science, Technology, and Higher Education Resources Ali Ghufron Mukti.
The Director General encouraged the non degree RISET-Pro alumni while opening the World Class Science and Technology HR Symposium Capacity Building In Increasing Global Competitiveness in Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel Jakarta last Wednesday (9/10). Ali Ghufron then encouraged the alumni further to participate in developing the domestic companies innovations.
“We hope you would contribute in the form of research innovations which we will partly fund, and the other part you could collaborate with the companies, so if the companies do the research they could get up to 300 percent of tax deduction. The problem is, who would know whether companies could really do the research or not? Who would supervise? Of course you should be participated in the research, ladies and gentlemen,” said him.
Director General Ghufron stated that the increasing of the researchers and tech-engineers quality in the nation often stumbling over budget constraints. Therefore, in this symposium we will also discuss the research funding. While one of the urgent needs is to release the dependency of research funding from the State Budget which is dominating more than 75% of research funding resources in Indonesia.
“With the RISET-Pro training program, it is expected that the alumni will strengthen the scholarly capacities and could develop their research networks to expand the research funding resources, from various funding resources from overseas, domestic, until private sectors, so it wouldn’t just be dependent into their own institutions or to the ministries,” said him.
On the same occasion, the Special Committee Member of the National System of Science and Technology Laws from Indonesian House of Representatives Andi Yuliani Paris stated that with the Law No. 11 of 2019 concerning National System it is expected that it could increase the budget for the human resources of science, technology, and higher education. She believe that the scholarship management for the lecturers, researchers, and engineers should involve the MORTHE, so it is not necessarily submitted only to Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP).
“Because MORTHE is the one who knows the most about the researchers and lecturers needs, and directly in contact with universities. So I think they should be involved in the scholarship management so the allocation will be more directed,” said Yuliani.
Yuliani admitted that the requirements for further study scholarships applied by LPDP are indeed a bit difficult for lecturers. This is causing the lack of numbers of the lecturers and researches who continue their studies with LPDP scholarship. They would rather choose the scheme offered by MORTHE which is managed by the Directorate General for Science, Technology, and Higher Education Resources.
In the same occasion, the Head of Sub Directorate for Qualification of Human Resources for Science and Technology Adhi Putranto explqined about the innovations produced by the training funded by RISET-Pro.
“One of the collaborations is with Bio Farma, for example if I am not mistaken is in vaccines, so we encouraged the non ministry government institutions, which in this case is lead by LIPI, to collaborate with Bio Farma to do a research to create a vaccine,” said Adhi.
RISET-Pro also funded the training for the researchers in developing N219 Aircraft created by proud Indonesians.
“For N219 Aircraft, the collaborators include PTDI, BPPT, and LAPAN. We contributed in the training aspects. For example, the President aspired the N219 to be able to land on the water last year. That was a national priority. We gave trainings on how the aircrafts would land on the sea. The trainings took place in America,” said Adhi.
To increase the qualifications and capacities of the researchers and engineers, MORTHE and World Bank is collaborating in the Research and Innovation in Science and Technology Project (RISET-Pro) Program since 2013. This program contains of four components, which are the improvement of the frameworks of the innovation policy and the performance of science and technology’s R&D institutions, the strengthening of the research funding systems, the scholarships for degree and non degree programs, and the management supports for all components. From 2013 to 2018, the non degree program of RISET-Pro has funded and dispatched more than 1.600 participants from LIPI, BPPT, BATAN, LAPAN, BAPETEN, BSN, and MORTHE.
Also attending the symposium are the Secretary of Directorate General for Science, Technology, and Higher Education Resources Anondho Wijanarko, World Bank Senior Specialist for Education Ratna Kesuma, and a hundred of researchers and engineers from various non ministry government institutions which have already got the RISET-Pro trainings.
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