Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) provides supports to Universitas Terbuka (Open University, UT) as a university that applies distance learning. This was conveyed by Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko in his discussion with UT leadership elements, South Jakarta, Wednesday (19/01/2022).

According to Handoko, UT is a true Independent Campus College, because since 1984 the university has implemented a remote learning system and resource sharing. BRIN currently has also initiated the system which can later be collaborated with UT.

As a research institution in Indonesia, BRIN is committed to facilitating research activities, including in UT, which is spread across almost all parts of Indonesia. “The research facilities owned by BRIN and spread in many locations can be utilized by the UT’s Distance Learning Program Unit (UPBJJ) both by lecturers and students to carry out research,” said Handoko.

According to Handoko, research activities cannot be separated from campus activities, as sustainable research must at least involve campus. Therefore, most of research activities at BRIN work hand in hand with those at campus.

Handoko explained, in general, BRIN’s research program includes three things, namely, first, developing research-based human resources (HR). HR is an important part of research activities, as the quality, good or bad, of the results of a research is largely determined by the quality of the research human resources.

“If we cannot create good quality research human resources, the research results will not go anywhere. This means that the research results are not of high quality,” he added.

Second, complete the research infrastructure. The research infrastructure owned by BRIN, which is spread across many areas, is based on open platform that can be accessed by anyone who will carry out research.

Third, create various research facilitation programs that can be utilized by researchers both from within and outside BRIN. “The ultimate goal of this facilitation scheme is to form or build the capacity of the researchers,” he said.

This is in line with the national program of talent management launched by the government. BRIN is appointed as the coordinator in the field of research and innovation talent management.

For this reason, Handoko hopes that collaboration between BRIN and UT can soon be established as an effort to support the Independent Learning Independent Campus (MBKM) program. “Through this MBKM program, BRIN will facilitate students who will do research either in the form of internships or research for the purpose of completing their final assignments,” he added.

The involvement of researchers from outside BRIN will increase public awareness of research activities in Indonesia. Through the funding facilitation prepared by BRIN, it is hoped that more research talents will emerge and produce many innovations that are beneficial to the community.

UT Rector, Ojat Darojat said that the BRIN program is relevant to the condition of UT, a university that prioritizes distance learning. The existence of UT in the community can answer some of the limitations faced by the community regarding the affordability of higher education.

Ojat furher said, with the presence of UT in 500 cities and regencies in all provinces in Indonesia and 50 countries, Indonesian people can continue their education level without having to go to certain areas.

“Due to the various limitations of the community to afford university education, the government designed state universities with different teaching methods for people living in remote areas, so that they have the same right to access higher education,” said Ojat.

According to Ojat, the existence of UT in all regions of Indonesia can be interpreted as it is not the people who approach the campus, but campus present to approach the community. With this condition, UT has become a strategic partner for the government in improving the competence of human resources in Indonesia.

UT’s head of Supervisory Board, Ainun Naim, encouraged UT to immediately implement various facilitation schemes offered by BRIN as an effort to improve its competence in the field of research and development of science and technology. “Several schemes that are offered by BRIN are important to be immediately followed up technically and operationally, and disseminated to the entire UT academic community so that we can jointly follow up on the synergy between BRIN and UT,” said Ainun. (pur)