SOLO - Minister of BUMN, Erick Thohir, said that to build food security, energy security, and energy security, the Ministry of BUMN has made acceleration efforts by building cooperation with ministries/agencies, private sector, universities and other parties. This collaboration is important because the Ministry of BUMN is not an ivory tower that does everything alone.
"Food security, health security, and energy security are the main pillars towards Indonesia Gold 2045. This is also the main priority of the Ministry of BUMN for the 2019-2024 period," said Erick Thohir during a keynote speech at a National Seminar conducted online, Wednesday (28 /4/2021). The National Seminar took the theme of Building Synergy between Universities and the Agricultural Industry in the Framework of Implementing Independent Learning on an Independent Campus.
According to Erick, there are a number of collaborations between the Ministry of BUMN and universities that have been running. The cooperation includes in the field of food security, food development cooperation between Perum Bulog, BNI, UNS, and the UNS Alumni Family Association (IKA) which involves UNS fostered farmers. The same thing was done with Undip and IPB.
In the field of energy security, an electric car battery has been developed between Pertamina, PLN, Inalum, ITB, and UNS. In addition, joint research with Pertamina and ITB in developing the Red and White catalyst will be used as a source of vegetable raw materials as alternative raw materials or green diesel. In the health sector, BUMN is collaborating with Unpad in clinical trials of the Sinovac vaccine. The same thing with UI, ITB, Unair, Unpad, and UGM in the development of the Red and White vaccine.
“We believe that the synergy with universities will not only provide optimal results to produce quality and competitive products in the fields of food security, energy security, and health security. But also supporting Merdeka Learning and Merdeka Campus to build talents and young people who are superior and ready to enter the world of work, a resilience of human resources," said Erick.
MoU Dean of Agriculture
The National Seminar was held by the Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) as a series of commemorations of the 45th Anniversary of UNS Solo. The Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, as in a release to Solopos.com, hosted the MoU Signing of Deans of Agriculture in Indonesia who were members of the Communication Forum for Indonesian Agricultural Universities (FKPTPI).
The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, UNS, Prof. Samanhudi, in his speech said he wanted to build collaborations both between universities and with the industrial world in the context of MBKM. The seminar was opened by the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Ahmad Yunus.
Present as speakers at the national seminar were Natalas Anis Harjanto (Director of Perum Perhutani), Syafri Afriansyah (PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia Tbk), Vidia Paramita (PT Smart), Dr. Jamhari (Dean of FP UGM/Secretary General of FKPTPI), and Dr. Kusnandar (Chairman of CDC UNS). The five speakers were guided by moderator Dr. Agung Wibowo discussed the synergies between universities and industry in the implementation of Merdeka Learning Campus Merdeka, which has now begun to be implemented in various universities.
It is hoped that universities in Indonesia in particular can cooperate with industry to support the sustainability of quality education both nationally and internationally.
The chairman of the national seminar committee, Dr. Muji Rahayu described the event which was attended by 171 speakers who presented the results of research or community service, both from universities and research and development agencies.
The paper is grouped into 11 sub-themes, namely land and water resources, human and institutional resources, livestock resources, and agricultural socio-economics. In addition, food security and security, crop production and post-harvest technology, management of plant-disturbing organisms, and forest resources and ecotourism. Then biotechnology, community partnership programs and CSR, as well as empowering SMEs in agriculture.
"The signing of the MoU was carried out online on Wednesday (28/4/2021) with the theme Building Synergy between Universities and the Agricultural Industry in the Framework of Implementing Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM)," said Muji Rahayu.