The Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Head of the Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the development of human resources through education and training, empowerment of expertise, exchange of data and/or information, scientific research/studies, and community service on Friday (4/8) in Samboja, East Kalimantan.
“I am very pleased. I hope that the development of OIKN can be done collaboratively with various stakeholders, including universities, by forming a consortium as a means of coordination rather than working separately,” said the Rector of UGM, Professor Ova Emilia, MD.
Furthermore, the rector explained that the signing of this MoU serves as UGM’s gateway to support the realization of Nusantara as a Sustainable Forest City.
The Forest City will be achieved by making 65% of the area a protected zone. This is a significant challenge, considering that production forests still dominate the current land cover in Nusantara.
The signing of the MoU is part of the series of events in the Action Plan Discussion of Nusantara and State Universities, involving five other universities, namely IPB University, Brawijaya University, University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, and Mulawarman University.
Head of OIKN, Dr. Bambang Susantono, stated that the MoU with universities would provide a solid foundation and a strong commitment to collaborate in realizing Nusantara as a Forest City.
“Concrete Action Steps are needed to implement the signed MOU in development programs,” he explained.
The MoU signing concluded with a joint commitment between OIKN and universities to realize Nusantara’s vision, mission, and strategic programs.
Author: UGM Partnership Division