TIME.CO, Jakarta – IKN authority collaborate with a number of University in the form of a consortium to build the Capital City of the Archipelago (IKN) based on the results of research and science (research and science). The consortium will take the form of a Research Center under the name of Nusantara Institute for Various Sciences to support the development of IKN.
“Inside consortium We are working together and coordinating,” IKN Bambang authority chief Susantono said on Friday, August 4, 2023.
The IKN authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the rectors of the University of Indonesia, Brawijaya University, Gadjah Mada University, Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) University and the Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Technology Bandung Institute of Technology for the development of the consortium. The consortium will also carry out research with the aim of obtaining results or seeking answers to various problems in the IKN and in Indonesia in general.
“From this point of view, IKN is a futuristic city, a city of the future whose construction will be completed only in 2045,” said Bambang.
Variety of campus proposals
The chancellors and deans who signed the memorandum of understanding with the IKN Authority had presented a number of proposals and programmes. For example, the rector of IPB University, Arif Satria, discussed the need to build a Gene Bank or Nuftah Plasma Savings from the archipelago’s biodiversity.
UGM Chancellor Ova Emilia, who is a doctor, suggested the need for the Archipelago to have and apply various local Indonesian wisdom regarding traditional medicines. Meanwhile, STIH ITB Dean Endah Sulistyawati reminded of the importance of preparing steps to prepare the people living around the central government today, namely the residents of Semoi and Sepaku, for the changes to come.
“How to address and respond to land use change,” Endah said.
Environment and Natural Resources MP Myrna A Safitri Authority of the IKN said that North Penajam Paser regency, which was the headquarters of the IKN, was previously one of the areas receiving little research attention. “Hopefully, the consortium that will be built later can help us fight for knowledge sovereignty, especially in the North Penajam Paser area as part of the capital region of the archipelago,” he said.
Meanwhile, Green and Digital Transformation MP, Mohammed Ali Berawi, from the IKN authority, explained that to support research at IKN, a research area has been formed in the form of the ‘Archipelago Research Programme’ which comprises four clusters, namely Energy, Food and Transport, Social Humanities, Environmental Wellbeing and Conservation, Technology and Information Technology. “We hope that with the consortium there will be knowledge storage AND knowledge transfer which can then be used for further development,” he said.
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