Business Development and Incubation Directorate of Universitas Gadjah Mada has been awarded by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Indonesia Presidential Award 2017 in the category of Researcher & Academician. ICSB grants the award on the commitment of UGM in supporting and assisting small and medium enterprises in Yogyakarta. Symbolically, the award was presented by the ICSB to UGM during the Gebyar UKM Indonesia 2017 event on Tuesday (14/11) in Gadjah Mada University Club.
Business Development and Incubation Directorate is a unit of UGM that focuses on the development, incubation, and downstreaming of research conducted by UGM academic community. The Directorate also concentrates on the implementation of research so that they can be utilised directly by the society.
Director Dr. Hargo Utomo, M.B.A., said the award was not the target of the Directorate but was a public recognition of UGM. “From this we realise that although our contribution is still a few and small, but what has been done by Business Development and Incubation Directorate has in fact been responded well,” said Hargo on Thursday (16/11).
Hargo explained Business Development and Incubation Directorate would continue downstreaming research that can be implemented in the society. One that has been done by the Directorate is by bringing together academics and researchers with the industry. Hargo explained this was done so that the researchers learned to know the research that is required by society, thus would motivate the researchers to find solutions to the existing problems. On the other hand, the industry would come to know the research by the academics and the researchers s well so they may have an idea and be triggered to innovate following the research.
Furthermore, Hargo hoped there would be more room for UGM academic community to collaborate in doing research between disciplines. He added that with 18 faculties and 2 schools at UGM, research collaboration had to be produced as much as possible. Hargo added Business Development and Incubation Directorate would continue the formation of prototype of exisitng units at the university so they may grow better.
“Not only research quantity that is driven, but also the usability of research to be implemented and enjoyed by the society,” said Hargo.