Universitas Gadjah Mada and University of New South Wales, Australia, held a discussion on joint research on law, economics, social sciences, public health, engineering, and environment sustainability. These are expected to generate product or programme innovation that are beneficial to society and support national development.
UGM Vice-Rector for Research and Community Service, Prof. Suratman, said innovation and development of science and technology are important to do to resolve national and global problems. Currently, there are crucial matters to be addressed such as climate change, energy, food, and environment. Thus, research at higher learning level needs to be pushed forward.
To enhance the research, Suratman said the need to have a collaboration nationally and globally. One of those is establishing research with University of New South Wales.
“We do appreciate UNSW for their willingness to collaboate on joint-research,” he said, hoping that there would be a meeting point between researchers from UGM dan UNSW for the implementation of the research that can be useful to resolve many issues.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, Prof. Laura Poole Warren, said they were trying to expand their international research collaborations, including with UGM. It is expected to enhance research outcomes and produce innovations and quality research. “We hope to have agreement on the research to be collaborated on,” she said, hoping that the two-day discussion could be followed up soon to make positive impacts to wider public.