Indonesia, the United Kingdom Collaborate on Disaster Research

Jakarta, MINA – The Indonesian government will collaborate with the United Kingdom to fund research in the field of disaster on the coming years 2019-2021.

“From Indonesia and the United Kingdom, 10 proposals that passed were discussed in the meeting panel in August 2018, until finally three proposals were jointly funded with a total fund of 31 billion rupiah,” said Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir during a press conference in Central Jakarta, Thursday (7/2).

Nasir said, the United Kingdom through Newton Fund had prepared it to fund research activities that would be carried out by the three best researchers from Indonesia and the UK.

He explained the three researchers focus on hydrometeological disasters such as floods, later this research would be the basis for determining government policies in handling and managing disasters.

Meanwhile, the British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste, Moazzam Malik said with international collaboration and funding commitments would have a significant social and economic impact on Indonesia.

“The best British and Indonesian scientists work together and learn from each other, so they can make a big change, and inspire other scientists,” he said.

Moazzam said that in the field of science and research, the United Kingdom was in the second position in the world, with 54 percent of the research results in the world’s best category.

“There are 38 percent of Nobel laureates choosing to go to school in England. I am proud that we can be a partner with scientists in Indonesia,”he continued (TL/Sj/R04)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)