Denpasar – Research, technology and higher education minister Mohamad Nasir opened the 32nd national student science week (Pimnas) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park compound in Badung, Bali.

In his speech, Nasir expressed his hope that there would be innovative and creative works in the field of science, technology and humanities that could benefit the society.

“These innovative works must be followed by the creation of start-up companies … Hopefully Pimnas participants could become Indonesia’s future unicorns,” said Nasir.

There were 20 research proposals in a category called projects of constructive futuristic ideas, a category that was very relevant to the use of technology in the era of 4.0 industrial revolution. Participants of this category presented their ideas in audiovisual content and uploaded them to YouTube.

The 32nd edition had the biggest number of participants compared to the event’s previous occasions in the past years, amounting to 1,614 students and 460 advising lecturers from 70 state universities and 56 private universities across Indonesia.

The largest majority of participants came from Java-based universities (72), followed by those coming from Sumatra-based universities (19), Sulawesi-based universities (14), Kalimantan-based universities (10), Bali- and Nusa Tenggara-based universities (7), Maluku Islands-based universities (2) and Papua-based universities (2).

The 2019 Pimnas was themed “To create Indonesian students who are creative, innovative, excellent and independent, based on the national culture and diversity”. The event has a mascot called Garuda Unggul (excellent Garuda) which means excellent Indonesian humans.

The opening ceremony was also attended by participants and state officials.