9th Joint Working Group Indonesia-France in Higher Education and Research
Co-organized by the French Institute of Indonesia (IFI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Ristek-Dikti), under the auspices of The French Embassy in Indonesia and The Embassy of Indonesia in France, the event aimed at giving to representatives from both countries the opportunity to meet and:
- Strengthening networks between French and Indonesian actors;
- Fostering opportunities for cooperation between institutions in the two countries;
- Assessing cooperation activities and outlining future directions;
- Identify priorities and timelines for upcoming events and programs;
- Participate in roundtables and workshops facilitating the exchange of information and good practice;
- Create new partnerships and consortia.
As many as 200 researchers from various research institutions and universities in Indonesia and France attended the 9th Joint Working Group Indonesia-France in Higher Education and Research. The event was held at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) on May 3-4, 2017 in the aim of discussing and arranging a collaborative research plan on education and research sectors.
The meeting was opened by French Ambassador to Indonesia, Jean Charles Berthonnet, and Director General of Science and Technology Resources of Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Prof. Ali Ghufron Mukti.
The meeting discussed a collaborative research plan in 6 strategic research areas including Food security and agriculture, Health and Medicine, Renewable and alternative energies, Information and communication technology, social science and humanities as well as Marine and maritime Science.
The roundtable on “Food and agricultural security” was chaired by Prof. Merry NAPITUPULU (Universitas Tadulako) and Prof. Alain RIVAL (Cirad). The roundtable was attended than 25 representatives and it recommended the installation of an Indonesian consortium on Banana, focusing on key research issues such as genetic resources identification, management and exchange and emerging pathology of the crop.
Prof. Roger Frutos (Cirad, Université Montpellier) also co-chaired the Health and Medecine Roundtable.
The Joint Working Group also discussed research budget plan in the form of joint research budget as well as mobility for the researchers which is provided by Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Indonesian Educational Fund Management Institution, and the French Government.
Whenclosing the event, UGM Rector, Dwikorita Karnawati, expressed hopes the Joint Working Group between Indonesia and France in higher education can be maintained, particularly because this activity involves many young people.
During the next Joint Working Group (2018) to be held in France, UGM Rector suggested to can invite representatives from the Industry sector from both countries.
Before closing the 9thJWG meeting, the Committee organized the 2017 Indonesian Edition of MT 180 (Ma Thèse En 180 Secondes); an event dedicated to Doctors and Doctoral students who must present to a French/Indonesian jury of science experts their dissertation in French.
The 2017 Edition of MT 180 was attended by 9 Doctors and Doctoral students. This year, the first winner of MT 180 an invitation to a Doctoral Summer School in France and financial support to attend the international session of the competition. The second winner was invited to attend the next Joint Working Group meeting which will be held in France in 2018 while the third winner had to choose the MT180 reward between a cooking course in French or a Dinner for two people in a French Restaurant of his/her choice!