Lampung – BRIN Public Relations. After last week’s working visit to West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta, Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Laksana Tri Handoko again visited BRIN’s other offices. This time (1/4), he and his staff visited several research facilities in the Lampung area.

The focus of his visit this time was to see the condition of the offices and researcher human resources there. There are currently 15 existing researchers in Tanjung Bintang, some of whom have already earned doctoral degree. With facilities to be built at the location, researchers are automatically required to improve their performance and innovate.

Handoko said that if progress has not been made in the next two years, the he intends to build a Research Collaboration Center (PKR) and cooperate with the Sumatra Institute of Technology (Itera). “We leave the option to Itera. We make it as BRIN Research Collaboration Center in the (Lampung) area,” he said.

PKR can be built not only with the industry, but also with universities. We don’t want to just maintain a work unit because it already exists, and we will feel forced to maintain it, even though there are no significant results,” asserted Handoko in his directives. Regarding the HR option for researchers, he said, it could be distributed to various universities, so that universities can also get potential human resources from BRIN.

Center of Excellence

Handoko also revealed that equipment investment will not be made if it is not in accordance with the conditions and potential of the local location. “We do not hesitate to spend much to create a center of excellence, for example in Yogyakarta or Mataram. There must be future prospects, and this is related to HR. Research base must be a center of excellence,” he asserted. Research does not have to be everywhere. One place must be a center of excellence that cannot be found in other locations,” he added.

Regarding the Pati Technology Center (BBTP) in Anak Tuha, Handoko admitted that initially he wanted to hand it over to the (regional) governor. “After I saw it myself, this (BPTP) is too big to be donated. But of course we have to find something. This is what I want to convey on this occasion,” he said.

According to him, there are still many things that can be optimized in the fields of horticulture, agriculture, plantations, etc. “We will make significant investment, for example cooperation with the private sector, we will support their research. I hope researchers can see colleagues (other researchers) in other locations. So we can work together, we don’t always have to work here,” he explained.

Handoko said research centers related to food processes, both chemical and physical, had been centered in Subang and Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. In terms of location, according to him, both of them can better anticipate young people going there. If their education is still below Doctoral degree, there is a scheme available for them, namely degree by research.

HR must compete to get the scheme they want. According to him, this needs to be done because BRIN exists for Indonesia. “This country is developed if the number of researchers increases. Not only BRIN Researchers, but also from the industry, and others. BRIN researchers become the core of the core. For this purpose, we must change. Look at best practices outside,” said Handoko. “From now on we have to make people outside us able to do research. Currently, it is us that have resources. You are encouraged to work with other researchers outside BRIN,” he concluded.

In his series of working visits, the Head of BRIN was accompanied by Acting Head of Public Communication, General Affairs, and Secretariat Bureau, Acting Head of State Property Management Bureau, and Acting Head of Financial Planning Bureau. In addition to visiting BRIN’s offices in Tanjung Bintang and Anak Tuha, the entourage also visited BRIN’s office in Rajabasa. (drs)