On 17 November, JSPS Bangkok Office staff members attended Declaration and Congress of JSPS Alumni Association of Indonesia at Innovation Center of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Bogor, Indonesia.
First of all, Prof. Dr. Subuyakto, LIPI, delivered an opening address with past activities including workshops in 2015, and future plan towards the establishment of the alumni.
And then, Prof. Yamashita, Director of JSPS Bangkok Office, made a congratulatory address and introduced the four pillars on JSPS’s activities. Prof. Yamashita also mentioned that supporting the alumni’s activities was in line with one of the pillars “Building robust international cooperative networks” and that the official establishment of the alumni would enable to strengthen cooperation with Indonesia and develop various programs between both countries.
Dr. Siti Nuramaliati Projono, LIPI, delivered a speech on behalf of Prof. Iskandar Zulkaraen, Chairman of LIPI, and expressed his expectations such as strengthening of the network in Indonesian S&T through the alumni in the future.
After photo session, there were invited speeches by Dr. L. T. Handoko, LIPI, and Prof. Yamashita. Dr. Handoko introduced collaboration JSPS and LIPI, a counterpart of JSPS, and Prof. Yamashita introduced JSPS’s outline and international programs, among the opinions from the participants was that they wished to form network with Japanese Nobel prize laureates, and it showed their high sense of enhancing academic level in the nation.
Dr. Hery Yogaswara, Prof. Hadi Susilo Arifin, Dr. Haznan Abimanyu and Haris Gunawan made keynote speeches under the themes of “Social Issues”, ”Food & Agriculture”’, “Energy” and “Environment” ,which were the highly interesting fields in Indonesia, respectively.
At the closing, Ms. Rr Nur Tri Aries Suestiningtyas M. A, LIPI, delivered address with thanks to continuing support from JSPS and mentioned the continuous preparation for the establishment of the alumni on the basis of the congress.
There were more than 100 participants, the majority of whom were involved in JSPS’s programs, and the alumni is expected to become the largest one in ASEAN regions if officially approved.