YOGYAKARTA – As many as 300 innovations and researches at UGM are offered to industry and state-owned enterprises to be managed and developed to leverage industrial competitiveness. This is one of the efforts to develop innovation and technology in industry to support nation’s independence. “UGM would offer a total of 300 innovations and researches to them,” Vice Rector for Research and Community Service of UGM, Prof. Dr. Suratman, M.Sc, said on Tuesday (4/12) in the frame of Indonesia Industry Research Forum (IIRF) that will take place from 6-7 December on UGM Campus in Jakarta.
Suratman said industry needs competition leverage for the free market in the global era. This could be achieved by, among others, innovation and science and technology. Therefore, the potential of industry and university with the support of the government, investment and professional partners could be optimised to produce industrial research cooperation that benefits all. “Industrial sector progress is very much supported by science and technology that makes industry more efficient, productive, innovative, sustainable and competitive. Science and technology are very much needed, especially amidst the global era and free market,” he affirmed.
Suratman added UGM has started the effort to build industrial research cooperation that is disseminated through the IIRF. The IIRF has started since 2009. It is a forum for communication and promotion between UGM and stakeholders related to research under the partnership scheme in industrial resources.
Chairman of Committee of IIRF, Dr. Yusril Yusuf, said the theme raised in the 4th IIRF 2012 is Innovation and Research of UGM to Strengthen National Industry. This is UGM participation in responding to free trade challenges and globalisation. Indonesia has to be supported by industrial research which is innovative in managing and developing local potential in terms of human resource or natural resource for people’s prosperity.
Yusril added that the innovations and researches on offer will be from health and drugs industry, food security, new and renewable energy, transport technology and management, defence and security technology and ICT.