The UWM Chancellor supports funding of development-oriented research

Yogyakarta (MidLand) – The Rector of Widya Mataram University (UWM) of Yogyakarta, Prof. Edy Suandi Hamid, supports the government in providing selective funding for higher education research by giving priority to research activities oriented towards the development and well-being of the community.

“The research funds are relatively large, my only hope is that the implementation is selective so that the research is not just random for publication in scientific journals,” Edy Suandi Hamid said in Yogyakarta on Tuesday.

According to him, research activities funded by the public budget should contribute to development policies to improve the economy and community well-being.

“The orientation is for development, for humanity. So research has an impact on policies to improve the well-being of communities,” said the former president of the Association of Indonesian Private Universities (Aptisi).

Edy hopes that research activities are not just a means to support the promotion of faculty academic positions to professors.

“In addition to developing knowledge, don’t just aim for promotion to become a professor,” he said.

Edy said that in numerous countries such as South Korea, Singapore and China, many research articles published in domestic and international journals are related to the economic growth of local countries.

According to him, this was not found in Indonesia, because research activities published in scientific journals did not have a significant impact on the national economy.

“When there are many publications, economic growth does not increase, which means that research is only done for research’s sake, not for the well-being of society,” he said.

In 2024, the National Agency for Research and Innovation (BRIN) will open eight research funding programs as a form of support for the advancement of science and technology in achieving Golden Indonesia 2045.

In the period 2022-2023, BRIN has allocated a research budget of IDR 365.46 billion for 1,500 titles with a research period of one to three years.

The funding program has produced 712 international publications, 144 patents and 173 prototypes.

“Budget allocation for research and innovation is provided through various research funding schemes,” said BRIN MP for Facilitation of Research and Innovation, Agus Haryono.

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Reporter: Luqman Hakim
Publisher: Riza Mulyadi
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