Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through the Deputy for Science and Technology Human Resources (SDMI) supports the program of Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) or Independent Campus Learning to strengthen the implementation of the Tri Dharma (Three Pillar) of Higher Education.

The agreement was marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding and cooperation agreement by BRI Acting Deputy for SDMI, Edy Giri Rachman Putra, and Rector of Al-Azhar University Indonesia, Asep Saefuddin.

“This cooperation agreement is to support National Research and Innovation, in the context of improving the capacity of human resources,” said Edy on Thursday (20/01/2022).

The cooperation between the two parties includes education which covers independent campus learning, research, development, studies, application, invention and innovation, community service, utilization of research and innovation results as well as joint utilization of facilities and infrastructure.

Edy also said that it is time for us to jointly start building research and innovation in Indonesia. “It can be done by resuming learning activities not only scientific ability but also social sciences, cultural sciences and others including nuclear to space,” he explained.

According to him, we need to remind each other, utilize, and build innovation in Indonesia. “Globally, our innovation is still lacking, even in ASEAN area. We hope that this collaboration can accelerate our development one of which by sharing modalities,” said Edy.

Several research studies, Edy said, have joined BRIN, both on agriculture, population and so on. He hopes that this collaboration can be beneficial and at the same time assists universities in implementing the Three Pillars of higher education.

Supporting Edy’s statement, Asep Syaefuddin said that the Independent Learning Campus Program (MBKM) program had entered its second period, starting in 2020. “With this collaboration, Universitas Al Azhar Indonesia (UAI) hopes that later researchers at BRIN can become lecturers or teach at UAI,” he said. He is optimistic that he can make the best use of the existing resources. “Research results at the national level that can be utilized optimally are very important,” he said.

Also present the signing from BRIN were the Acting Talent Management Director, Domestic Cooperation Coordinator, and the Head of Legal and Cooperation Bureau, while from UAI, Vice Rector, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Director of Partnerships, and representatives from the Institute of Research and Community Service. (yun/ed: maa, drs)