PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 047/SP/HM/BKPUK/V/2022

 

 Youths are one of the main targets of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) in improving the capability of Indonesian human resources. As a form of BRIN’s commitment to support national talent management in the field of research and innovation, BRIN conducts scientific coaching. To that end, BRIN has created the Young Talent Alumni Program, an active platform to boost scientific activities and improve awareness in the community. The program will be launched in a webinar on Young Talents at Work, on Wednesday, 25 May 2022.

 

Jakarta, 25 May 2022. In carrying out the function of increasing the capability of Indonesian human resources, young people are one of the main targets for the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). Under the Deputy for Science and Technology Human Resources (Deputy for SDMI), BRIN has carried out scientific development activities, as an active platform in increasing scientific activity and improving awareness in the community. These development programs are primarily expected to be able to touch the youth, who are the pillars in all aspects of national development, including research-based national development.

“The aspiration to create a global research-innovation ecosystem certainly requires involvement of young talents. We can start this effort by creating a research-innovation community for young talents who have an interest in research and innovation,” said Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko.

Handoko said that this community is expected to be the habitat for the initial growth of research culture, which can later be transmitted and passed on to the next young generation. “The research-innovation community can also serve as a forum for exchange of knowledge to create novelty in national research and innovation,” he continued.

Therefore, BRIN through the Directorate of Talent Management, under the Deputy for HRI, initiated the Young Talent Alumni Program. This program was formed to create a community for young research-innovation talents, alumni of the development program of research institutions which have now been integrated into BRIN. Through this program, the alumni can enrich each other’s knowledge, share experiences, and collaborate in research-innovation to develop their areas.

In line with the Head of BRIN, BRIN’s Deputy for HRI, Edy Giri Rachman Putra, explained that creation of superior human resources in every field of science and science and technology innovation-based entrepreneurs faces major challenges, namely critical mass, such as age and education level, various types of talents, to regulations that are not fully supported.

“Hence, we need nurturing activities, in the form of identification and development activities for talents, collaboration with partners, strengthening the competency, broadening the network, and empowering the organizing communities. These young talents who have gone through coaching and are referred to as alumni are the bridge to bring research-innovation closer, including the results of studies from abroad, to be adjusted to the needs of regions in Indonesia, “said Edy Giri.

Rifaldy Fajar, an alumnus of the National Youth Scientific Camp/National Research and Innovation Youth Week (PIRN), who is currently taking his master’s degree at Erasmus+ of Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics InterMaths Program, Double Degree University of L’Aquila, Italy dan Karlstad University, Sweden, said that the existence of a young talent community for research-innovation is important. “Of course, the community of young talents related to research or innovation is one of the most basic contributions but plays a big role, having an impacting on young talents develop their talents,” said Rifaldy.

According to him, this community will be an environment that can influence how young people think and act. “Of course, the hope is that many creative young people will be able to produce their best works. In essence, a community like this is part of the learning process to be successful in which they can give their contribution,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Zahwa Devarrah, an alumnus of the 2017 Youth Scientific Work Competition (LKIR) program, who is currently taking undergraduate education in Industrial Engineering at Gadjah Mada University, emphasized that, in advancing research-innovation, Indonesia needs youth who have a strong desire to learn, and are willing to proceed to realize research and innovation, which can eventually be implemented in the community and have a global impact. “There have been many ideas, concepts, and even prototypes that have won national and international competitions, but the benefits of innovation have not yet been felt by the public. So, for the youth of Indonesia, let us proceed and learn to advance Indonesian research and innovation!” said Zahwa.

 

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