Jakarta – On Wednesday (27/4), Menristekdikti M. Nasir welcomed Denmark Ambassador for Indonesia Casper Klynge along with four (4) delegates at Floor 18, D Building of Higher Education, Jakarta. The visit was a continuation of a collaboration initiated last year by Denmark Monarchy during Queen Margarethe’s II visit to Indonesia, where Her Excellency signed four (4) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which agreed collaboration in maritime, culture, energy, and transportation sectors. Minister Nasir was accompanied by Director General of Science Technology and Higher Education Institutions Patdono Suwignyo, Special Staff to the Minister Abdul Wahid Maktub and Head of Public Communication and Collaboration Nada DS Marsudi on this occasion.

During the visit Minister Nasir explained organizational structure and strategic role of Kemenristekdikti for the development of research, technology and pointed out the 7 + 1 main focus areas of research executed by Indonesia. Among the focused areas are maritime, infrastructure and transportation, health and medicine, renewable energy, advanced materials (nano-technology), national defense, food and food sustainability, as well as information communication technology (ICT). Many of those areas should be interesting for both countries to do collaboration, especially in the maritime and energy sector.

Indonesia – Denmark have been in contact since the 1950s, however up to this day there is no ground in law to be used as a basis for collaboration in science and education. “One of the main reasons we conduct this visit is to enhance collaboration between Indonesia and Denmark, as both countries do not yet have an MoU in the research, technology and higher education sector,” as mentioned by Ambassador Casper.

Understanding that a number of Indonesian universities have already agreements with universities in Denmark, and similarities in research sector are the main concerns to be considered as a reason for the enhancement of collaboration between both countries. Patdono Suwignyo, Director General of Science Technology and Higher Education Institutions, advised one expectation that arise from the collaboration between Indonesia – Denmark which is regarding the development of vocational school. Initiation is needed for vocational education system in Indonesia because it being carried out in a general manner and less specialized. Denmark owns several polytechnics that specialize in areas such as health and maritime.

Proposed MoU’s are expected to improve the quality of polytechnic education standards, create knowledge exchange and improve the bilateral relations between both countries. In addition to collaboration in the educational development sector, discussion also touched the energy sector, in particular renewable energy. Wind energy is another major area for collaboration between Denmark and Indonesia that needs to be intensified,given the strategic geographical position of Indonesia as well as Indonesia’s need for energy security. Wind energy is considered to be among new energy sources that is sustainable and efficient.

Towards the end of the visit, Kemristekdikti stated they will continue to collaborate in order to encourage formation of MoU’s between both countries in research, technology, and higher education sectors. Ambassador Casper Klynge expects the Minister to do an exchange visit to Denmark in the future. (dts)