Jakarta, October 25th, 2017, the Chinese delegation headed by the Deputy Director General of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), under supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) – Mr. Ge Pu conducted a working visit to the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE). He was accompanied by Mr. Zhang Nan, Acting Director for Asian, Ms. Yu Qianwen, Project officer, Mr. Chen Yuheng, interpreter and a personal assistant, Mr Liu, the Chinese Embassy. While Indonesian delegates chaired by Nada Marsudi, Head Bureau of Cooperation and Public Communication – MoRTHE. Attending the meeting also representatives from some universities, ie Dr. Edwan Kardena (ITB), Mr. Amir UGM), Mr Sudi and Ms Dewi (BATAN), Mafaza (LIPI), Annisa Pranowo, Supriyadi, and Baginda (MoRTHE).
During the meeting, Nada Marsudi explained on the chronology of Indonesia and People Republic of China (PR China) bilateral relation, when both Countries initiated to strengthen the cooperation in Science and Technology, by signing the Indonesian and Chinese MoU on ST on 2011. Since then, many activities have been done, including the 1st Indonesian and Chinese Science and Technology Exhibition that was conducted in Jakarta on the same year, 2011.
Nada also appreciated the great cooperation of colleagues from MoST PR China and the Chinese Embassy, for their excellent cooperation from the 1st up to the 5th Indonesia and China Session of the Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (JCSTC) meetings. This meetings were conducted reciprocally both in Indonesia and Beijing from the period of 2011 – 2017. The last meeting was the 5th Session of the Indonesia China JSTC meeting, which was held in Beijing, 28th-29th, 2017.
Topics that were discussed covering (i) The Joint Laboratory on High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor, (ii) The Joint Laboratory on Biotechnology, (iii) The China-Indonesia Technology Transfer Center, (iv) The Scientist Exchange Programs – which is followed up by CSTEC. There were also two additional new initiatives that were proposed by Indonesia are (a) a joint research center on port construction and disaster controlling – proporsed by ITB, as well as (b) Science Technology Park (STP) development by the Indonesian MoRTHE.
Moreover, Nada also shared the information that the Indonesian MoRTHE will assist the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs for conducting the 3rd High Level Meeting of the People-to-People Exchange Mechanism (P2EM) in Jakarta, Solo, Yogyakarta on November 26th – 29th, 2017. Especially on Science, Technology and Higher Education (STHE) issues, there will be the Indonesia China Scientific Forum on Science and Technology, which is hoped to be conducted on November 27th,2017 at the Ministry premises. This will be an excellent forum for reporting and evaluating all of the Indonesian and Chinese bilateral cooperation on STHE.
Mr. Ge Pu, then explained on the Talented Young Scientist Program (TYSP). This is the Chinese Government’s International mobility scheme, with the purpose to cultivate the science and technology personalities together with other developing Countries. In the case for young Indonesian scientists, this program could be utilized for expanding the bilateral cooperation between two Indonesian and Chinese institutions or for expanding knowledge of young Indonesian scientists when they conduct research in China from 6 months up to 1 year. Every young Indonesian scientist will receive ￥12,500 per month, with the maximum of 12 months, while they are working with the Chinese teams. More info on the TYSP could be searched http://tysp.cstec.org.cn/en.
Furthermore, Mr. Ge Pu also referred to statement from HE President Xi Jinping, during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International cooperation dated on May 14th, 2017, which stated that the PR China would like to enhance the existing of STHE cooperation with all International partners, based on the Science and Technology People-to-People Exchange Initiative, which is in the upcoming 5 (five) years, 2,500 young International scientists are invited to PR China for conducting a short term research (6 month – 1 year). In addition, PR China will also conduct training programs for 5,000 foreign scientists, engineers and managers, and setting up 50 (fifty) joint laboratories in all over the world.