Webinar – Universitas Indonesia Joins UKICIS – Event held on 8 September
Webinar – UK-Indonesia Collaboration Seminar: Welcoming Universitas Indonesia as UKICIS member to be held on 8 September 2021
UK-Indonesia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Sciences (UKICIS) welcomed its newest member, Universitas Indonesia by conducting an event on 8th September 2021. Universitas Indonesia has had effective teaching and research collaborations with the University of Nottingham, University of Warwick, and Coventry University. UKICIS brings together the best of Indonesian academic talent at the University of Nottingham, the University of Warwick, and Coventry University, together with those at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institut Pertanian Bogor, and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. The Memorandum of Understanding signing, and the research collaborations were the highlights of the event.
The event was hosted by Rebekah King, a former student from University of Nottingham and moderated by Dr Bagus Muljadi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering from University of Nottingham and Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Director of the Communication Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia and an associate at the Asia Research Centre.
The event was inaugurated by H.E. Dr Desra Percaya, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom, Ireland and the International Maritime Organization welcomed the audience by stating “Universitas Indonesia joining as the newest member… it is indeed a proof that…UKICIS is an open consortium and has translated into action that inclusivity is the core of interdisciplinary sciences collaboration. I believe more members will be joining in the near future. I also believe with Universitas Indonesia on board, UKICIS will be able to deliver more impactful research activities, create stronger academic bonds between Indonesia and the UK and shape Indonesia’s future… that is more resilient against climate change, pandemic, and natural disasters.”
Prof Ari Kuncoro, President – Universitas Indonesia (UI) praised the consortium and thanked the consortium for allowing Universitas Indonesia (UI) to be part of the consortium. Prof Kuncoro spoke about the opportunities this brings to both countries which will led to world class research and collaboration. Prof Kuncoro spoke about the contribution UI has made in the last 5 years in research which has led to betterment of the society.
The Rector from IPB University, Prof. Arif Satria spoke next. Prof Satria mentioned “Within our first year, we have contributed to the strengthening of UK-Indonesia bilateral relationship, helped with the provision of new policies, and facilitated transfer of knowledge – just as we promised – all despite the restriction on mobility and international travels. This is what UKICIS is all about. It is about how two countries share their knowledge, and together tackle humanities greatest challenges through scientific collaborations. This consortium also meets the Indonesian Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology‘s latest policy in which fostering closer cooperation on education and research to tackle obstacles created by the pandemic. Therefore, I welcome the UKICIS to address and identify very relevant challenges in pandemic and to increase both countries resilience to face it.”
University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Rector, Prof Panut Mulyono followed and cited “When we established UKICIS, we clearly stated that this consortium is an open one and we encourage participation from different parties. On one hand, we acknowledge the need to strengthen our own expertise but on the other hand, we also believe that no problem can be solved solely by a single discipline. Collaboration is not a choice, it’s a must. Now with Universitas Indonesia joining us at UKICIS, we believe our collaboration and friendship become stronger. We look forward to working together so that our dream and imagination about mutual collaboration is not merely a dream. We will make it happen.”
Prof Reini Wirahadikusumah from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) welcomed the new member to the Consortium. Prof Wirahadikusumah spoke about the struggles the pandemic has caused in the country despite which their university has been resilient in continuing research and academic work.
The Provost of University of Warwick, Prof Christine Ennew followed. Prof Ennew expressed “This collaboration is extremely important to us. As we know if we are going to address big challenges, we need to bring together talented individuals to bring solutions and that’s what UKICIS does, its members do. We come together to share interests, expertise, research questions and research opportunities”
Prof Robert Mokaya, Pro Vice Chancellor from the University of Nottingham was next to speak. Prof Mokaya said “UKICIS is a very inclusive collaboration and rightly Universitas Indonesia has joined. Universitas Indonesia is an excellent university from Indonesia and produces excellent graduates. I would like to express my appreciation for this collaboration. Over the last year UKICIS has been very busy with activities which sets the foundation for the collaboration going forward. In particular, we are looking forward to the contribution UKICIS will make to the upcoming COP26.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at the Coventry University, Prof Richard Dashwood addressed the audience next. “We at Coventry University are extremely delighted to welcome Universitas Indonesia to this groundbreaking consortium. The key aim of this consortium is to address our common challenges through interdisciplinary science. “
Academics from Universitas Indonesia presented their research. Dr Arie Arfiansyah – Faculty of Law from Universitas Indonesia presented on the “Illegal and Unsustainable Fishing and Fisheries Crime: Enforcement Authorities in Indonesia”. Dr Arfiansayh’s work addressed the challenges faced by Indonesian maritime securtiy. Dr Cindy R. Priadi, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia was the last to present on “Circular Economy Research and Development Network for Sustainable Food Supply Chain”. The research focussed on creating a sustainable food supply chain in Indonesia.
Dr Muljadi concluded the event by declaring “UKICIS is an inclusive Consortium and moving forward, we are hoping to include more universities from UK and Indonesia. Together we can achieve our goals, to build resilience in order to make Indonesia stronger against pandemic, climate change and natural disasters. Indonesian delegates will be attending COP26 in October, we will facilitate discussion to produce policy briefs and recommendations regarding key research topic areas to support to unlock Indonesia’s potential to meet the net zero target. These are important issues Indonesia and UK can look at together as a consortium.”
The event emphasized on the current collaborations between the UKICIS member universities and consortium accomplishments in the last year. The consortium has extended it’s cooperation to include Universitas Indonesia to explore new ideas. UKICIS is determined to extend its collaborations with more universities in the UK and Indonesia to challenge the global issues.