US President’s Science Envoy makes a visit to Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). In addition to meet and greet with Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D. in the Rectorate, the group led by Prof. Dr. Bruce Alberts is also conducting a series of visits to faculties, among others, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine.
In the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, the Science Envoy was welcomed by the Dean, Prof. Ir. Tumiran, Ph.D., and Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Djamasri, as well as students who recently won a robot contest in the U.S. In addition to listening to the presentation of Luiz Rizki Ramelan, member of UGM robot team, the delegation was amazed watching the demo of their traditional dance robot Klono Mask and Ironfire.
Bruce Alberts highly appreciates the achievements of UGM students who successfully won the first and second place at the robot contest in the U.S. recently. This achievement shows that Indonesia has begun to build reputations in the technology development.
As the U.S. Science Envoy, Bruce hopes this visit can result scientific and technological cooperation. America also opens opportunities for excellent UGM students to study the S-2 and S-3 degree there. "This opportunity is also open for other students who are interested. We really hope that they continue their studies because many scholarship schemes are on offer, both from USAID and Fulbright, which can be utilized," he said at the Electrical Engineering Department, Monday (4/7).
Bruce Alberts said this visit is intended to deepen and develop new cooperation and gather valuable inputs to face the global challenges and realize shared goals. The U.S. aspires to find new opportunities in science and technology fields, identify and provide recommendations regarding the strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific institutions. "Although sometimes this science representation is present in the realm of ordinary civilians, they are expected to share what they learned to build and strengthen America's commitment to cooperate globally," said Bruce.
Attending the occasion are Executive Secretary, Drs. Djoko Moerdiyanto, M.A, and Head of International Affairs Office, Dr. Rachmat Sriwijaya. Others are Mrs. Bruce (Betty) Alberts, Dr. Ali Douuraghy (USAID), Dr. Kendra Chittenden (USAID), Mrs. Joan Mahoney (U. S. Embassy), Ms. Cambria Hamburg (U. S. Embassy), and Ms. Wahyuni Kamah (U. S. Embassy).