Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. In Mid-December 2021, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, signed Presidential Decree No. 21 of 2021 concerning the National Talent Management (MTN) Task Force. Formation of the MTN Task Force aims to prepare human resources to be talented and globally competitive. In this Task Force organization, the Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is appointed as the coordinator in charge of national research and innovation.

MTN has three focus areas, namely research and innovation, arts and culture, and sports. For research and innovation, the government is targeting an increase in the ratio of human resources per one million population who receive international recognition in the field of research and innovation.

BRIN Acting Deputy for Science and Technology Human Resources, Edy Giri Rachman Putera said that making Indonesia Advanced by year 2045 requires quality human resources. “To reach the vision of Advanced Indonesia by year 2045 which makes Indonesia a developed, high-income country and becomes the world’s 5th largest economy, quality, productive, and technologically skilled human resources are needed,” said Edy.

To materialize this vision, continued Edy, the government has prepared four pillars to develop Indonesia by 2045. These four pillars are human development and mastery of science and technology, sustainable economic development, evenly-distributed development, and strengthening of national resilience and governance.

As one of MTN coordinators in the field of research and innovation, explained Edy, BRIN needs to prepare various programs that can transform the talents and interests of young human resources to become superior talents in the field of research and innovation.

“As the only research and innovation agency in Indonesia, BRIN in collaboration and synergy with relevant stakeholders needs to prepare several programs as a forum for talent development in the field of research & innovation,” said Edy.

Some of the schemes offered include, jointly with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, BRIN conducting scouting, identification and development of young research and innovation talents through various scientific competition activities. This scheme is expected to build research interest among young talents from basic education to higher education levels.

“For universities and students, the mentoring program for research activities is carried out through the scheme of research internship and final assignment internship together with research groups at BRIN in their final two semesters. This scheme can be continued with activities to improve the critical mass of research human resources through the degree by research program for masters and doctoral degree levels,” he added.

In an effort to build a research ecosystem to support talent management, BRIN has prepared a research mobility program in the form of postdoctoral education and research fellows. This scheme is carried out by inviting domestic and foreign experts to be involved in research activities in Indonesia.

Speaking of targets, in the short term, explained Edy, BRIN provides the widest possible opportunity for the community to participate in various programs that have been offered. “Improving the qualifications of researchers and enhancing or strengthening the national research and innovation ecosystem are also short-term targets,” he said.

“We are targeting that by 2024 in accordance with the National Medium Term Development Plan, 20% of research human resources in Indonesia will already have a doctoral education level. Currently as of 2022 it is around 15%,” he continued.

Meanwhile, for the medium term, the BRIN’s target is to acquire talents in research and innovation that excel at the national level and start strengthening international networks/collaborations.

“We are targeting that the built research ecosystem will increase the private sector’s contribution to involvement in the world of research, both in terms of budget and human resources for which collaboration can be based on,” he explained.

The long-term target is for BRIN to get superior talents in the fields of research and innovation who are able to compete nationally, and get prestigious international awards in the field of research and innovation, such as the Nobel Prize or other Prizes

“Indonesia’s demographic bonus is supported by superior human resources who have been prepared through the scheme of national talent management that can realize the era of golden Indonesia in 2045,” he hoped.

Until now, the degree by research program has been used by around 100 civil servants outside BRIN. They received study aids in the Degree By Research program from a total of 457 participants taking the Masters and Doctoral degree programs.

Since mid-2021, this program has provided an opportunity for 13 non-ASNs to improve their capacity through the formal education of Masters and Doctoral degree through research collaboration. In 2021, BRIN, through its research and innovation talent program, provided supports to 1,400 students from various universities in Indonesia for conducting research for their final year.

“In 2022, more opportunities will be opened for the public to take advantage of these various schemes,” he said.

As a national program, Edy hopes that MTN will be widely supported in term of its management, and synergies with several stakeholders, such as the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, National Development Planning Agency, Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, BRIN, and other cooperation partners, both government and private. “There is a need for strong cooperation and synergy between BRIN and other stakeholders to jointly implement this national talent management program, especially in the field of research and innovation,” he hoped. (pur)