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Solution-driven research, robust ecosystem needed

  • Bagus Muljadi and Rebekah

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King Nottingham, UK   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  08:32 am
Solution-driven research, robust ecosystem needed Aiming high: Students from Airlangga University’s School of Medicine examine sputum samples at the school’s microbiology laboratory in Surabaya, East Java. The government is seeking to boost research in higher education in a bid to improve the quality of Indonesia’s universities. (Antara/Moch Asim)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently declared his plan to improve Indonesia’s competitiveness by refocusing the research and innovation agenda. This initiative needs to be supported. The key to focus on the right areas lies within two factors. First, we need to identify the strategic research to focus on. To do this, we must understand our competitive advantages that will allow us to contribute to solving global challenges. Second, we need to invest in high quality domestic researchers and research-intensive universities, as they are the basis of the country’s research and innovation architecture. The country needs to build a robust “academic ecosystem” centered around empowering its higher education institutions, from which scientific thinking can permeate the substrate of our ethos. Playing to our strengths is the solution-driven strategy. ...

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