Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) regarding Joint Research-Based Postgraduate Programs Supervision. The MoA was signed by BRIN Acting Chief Secretary, Nur Tri Aries Suestiningtyas and UTM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ts. Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail, online on Tuesday (08/02).

This MoA commenced in 2018 following a research visit by UTM delegation to LIPI, which is now one of entities incorporated into BRIN. This was continued by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2019.

“This is a very good opportunity, because not only can we strengthen the cooperation but also deepen the friendship between the two friendly countries. The changes taking place in BRIN and the strengths of UTM can be mutually explored in order to establish further collaboration. We have many programs to improve the ecosystem of innovation research in Indonesia, increase our competitiveness so that we can collaborate actively in the global arena including with Malaysia in particular,” said BRIN Acting Chief Secretary, Nur Tri Aries.

Nur Tri Aries expressed her gratitude and appreciation to UTM for welcoming the candidates from BRIN in the degree program by research, and facilitating them to follow all the selection procedures to be able to continue their studies at UTM. “We hope that this existing scheme can develop to become even more schemes,” she continued.

In Stage 1, a total of 17 research staff from BRIN will be enrolled in the postgraduate research program for engineering at UTM, funded through a research contract with a total value of RM1,002,774.00. The beneficiaries of the research contract will study at the Faculty of Engineering of UTM; namely 7 in the Department of Electrical Engineering, 5 in the Department of Computer, 2 in the Department of Civil Engineering and 2 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

UTM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ts. Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail said that the cooperation between UTM and BRIN has been established through LIPI in the fields of communication technology, optics, and radar. “The highlight of the collaboration between these two institutions was the signing of MoU, followed by MoA.  This cooperation will produce outcomes or products such as courses, staff collaboration and student exchange,” he further said.

“The 17 BRIN researchers who will attend the postgraduate education are expected to study at UTM and successfully make an impact on Indonesia and Malaysia relation in particular, and the global world in general. This MoA is expected to serve as the milestone that will bring about results and benefits to all parties involved in both countries,” hoped Datuk Ts. Ahmad Fauzi.

This agenda is an initial strategic step between BRIN and UTM in the fields of education and learning, expertise collaboration, and improved cooperation in research projects for the two parties, especially in the ASEAN area. (ap)