Serpong – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through the Nuclear Analysis and Radiation Detection Technology Research Center (PRTDRAN) – the Nuclear Energy Research Organization (ORTN) held a Deep Talk of Radiation Detection and Nuclear Analysis Research Technology #1 which was packaged in a Focus Group Discussion (FGD), Wednesday (23/03). This activity is also an effort to explore research collaboration between the human resources of PRTDRAN-BRIN and the Post-Graduate Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering of ITB on Wednesday, (23/3).

Acting head of ORTN, Rohadi Awaludin conveyed that the purpose of this event is to share information from both ORTN and ITB as well as to explore the potential for research collaboration and improvement of human resources capacity.

“We at ORTN are encouraged to improve the capacity and qualifications of human resources, more concretely so that doctoral human resources are produced in ORTN, so that collaboration with universities, one of which is with ITB is very important. Various kinds of schemes have been prepared by the Deputy for Human Resources of BRIN, either on a regular basis, Degree by Research (DBR) or Visiting Researcher.  The opportunities to facilitate research and human resources activities will continue to grow,” said Rohadi.

“It is hoped that with this kind of collaboration, more doctoral graduates will appear at BRIN and more Indonesian researchers will attend international forums and publications,” continued Rohadi.

Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (MIPA) of ITB, Wahyu Srigutomo, welcomed this collaborative program in accordance with ITB’s commitment to always support the advancement of nuclear science and technology in Indonesia. Until now, the nuclear study program at ITB, both under graduate and post graduate programs still exists.

“ITB continues to be committed to developing science, especially related to nuclear science and technology since the construction of the first reactor in Indonesia in the 1960s. Nuclear education at ITB is not only a bachelor’s program, but also a master’s and doctoral program. This program aims to prepare students who have the skills and abilities related to nuclear engineering, both energy and non-energy applications, “explained Wahyu.

Wahyu hoped that with this event and the educational and research collaboration between Faculty of MIPA-ITB and ORTN-BRIN, optimal benefits will be obtained regarding the nuclear engineering postgraduate study program at ITB, especially in the near future related to the admission of new ITB students in 2022/2023.

On this occasion, acting Head of PRTDRAN-ORTN, Abu Khalid Rivai explained that there are six research areas at PRTDRAN that have potential for research collaboration with ITB, namely Radiation Detector Materials, Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Systems, Radiation Imaging Technology, Intelligent Radiation Sensors and Radiation Measurement Techniques, Nuclear Analysis Techniques and Scattering Neutrons.

“These research fields are fully supported by the research facilities owned by BRIN, such as  the neutron beam facility and the G.A Siwabessy Multi purpose Reactor in Serpong. It is hoped that the use of these facilities can be maximized through this collaboration program,” said Abu Khalid. Similar to Abu Khalid, Head of the Masters Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering – ITB Sidik Permana said that there are several study programs at the Faculty of MIPA-ITB that have the potential for collaboration with ORTN-BRIN, namely the Masters program in Nuclear Science and Engineering and the Doctoral program in Nuclear Engineering. “Of course the study program has been equipped with adequate laboratory facilities and experienced and reliable teachers,” said Sidik. (IS,la/ed:pur)