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Jakarta Post

Collaboration key to innovation projects

  • Daniar Supriyadi and Selvy Anissa R.


Jakarta   /   Mon, September 10, 2018   /  01:27 pm
Collaboration key to innovation projects Collaboration is key in research and innovation. (Shutterstock/File)

We should warmly welcome the recent opening of the US$44 million innovation center built by United States tech giant Apple in BSD City, Tangerang, Banten.

Even though research and development (R&D) was not designed for manufacturing and engineering hardware components, the innovation center enables younger generation to acquire necessary digital skills, in particular, encoding apps and various kinds of software development. This will create 200 new local developers that address the digital skills deficit to build nationwide digital infrastructure. 

According to UNESCO, the United Nations body for education, the number of researchers and/or innovators in Indonesia is only 89 persons per million, far lower than in Singapore (6,729), Malaysia (2,029), Thailand ( 964 ) and Israel (8,250). 

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