Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) established a collaboration with PLN Institute of Technology (IT PLN) in the context of implementing the tri dharma (three pillars) of higher education, namely education, research and community service to support national research and innovation. This collaboration is in line with the program of research and innovation talent management development.

This collaboration is realized by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, held online, Tuesday (08/02). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by BRIN’s Acting Deputy for Human Resources and Science and Technology, Edy Giri Rachman Putra and the Rector of IT PLN, Iwa Garniwa Mulyana.

In his welcoming remarks, Edy Giri said that the integration of all research institutions into BRIN is an effort to improve critical mass in the field of research and innovation in Indonesia. “BRIN, which was formed in 2021, is an integration of several non-ministerial government institutions which previously had functions in the fields of research, development and studies as well as application of science and technology,” said Edy Giri.

Edy Giri added, at the end of January 2022, BRIN integrated R&D units in research institutions and ministries so that currently BRIN covers all research in hard science, natural sciences, engineering, socio-cultural sciences, religion, nuclear up to space with a very broad spectrum. This is a good opportunity for us to collaborate with universities because they organize the Tri Dharma, namely education, research and community service.

According to Edy Giri, the government’s policy for organizing the education program of Independent Learning-Independent Campus, will further strengthen BRIN in the future for collaboration in the field of research with universities. “BRIN has 12 Research Organizations, one of which is the Energy and Manufacturing Research Organization with its Energy Conversion Research Center which is in line with the specifics of sciences developed in IT PLN in addition to other Research Centers related to PLN research,” he added.

He further mentioned other schemes in the agency, they are talent mobility (research mobility) and grants that can be used by campuses for research activities and to support research activities because campuses are the talent pool for younger generation.

“An interesting issue related to the net zero carbon is the energy and electricity technology which is a concern on how to provide energy which now have shifted to new and renewable energy, and universities as the entities for scientific development and BRIN for research development which will collaborate in order to contribute to energy conservation, “he said.

Iwa Garniwa Mulyana in his speech said that PLN Institute of Technology is one of private universities under the State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), in this case State Electricity Company (PLN). IT PLN continues to increase its contribution to the development of the nation and state, with the vision of becoming a modern and independent national university in the field of energy and environmentally sound technology.

Iwa added that the establishment of IT PLN refers to its parent, namely PLN, to support applied research, and is expected to participate in BRIN or vice versa. It is hoped that PLN Institute of Technology can contribute to the development in BRIN, especially in the field of research, particularly related to the scope of this collaboration, which includes improvement and development of HR competitiveness launched the Ministry of Education and Culture regarding the Independent Learning-Independent Campus program.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties includes education, research, development, studies, application of inventions and innovations, community service and utilization of facilities and infrastructure. Also present online at the signing were BRIN’s Acting Director of Talent Management, Vice Rector and deputies, Deans and Heads of Research and Development Units of IT PLN. (vrp/ed:maa,pur)