The Jakarta Post
Along with the go-green concept, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta inaugurated the Sinar Mas Building at the university’s School of Biology on Saturday.
Built on more than 5,800 square meters of land in Padukuhan Sendowo, Sleman, the building adopted green architectural concepts for its construction.
“We hope this partnership can contribute to strengthen UGM’s research and development culture, which can later benefit all of society” said Sinar Mas managing director G. Sulistiyanto.
Together with Sinar Mas board member Franky O. Widjaja, who is also Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Foods chairman, Sulistiyanto attended the inauguration of the UGM School of Biology’s Sinar Mas Building by UGM rector Dwikorita Karnawati in Yogyakarta on Saturday.
CEO Sinar Mas Group Franky O. Widjaja, Sinar Mas Managing Director G. Sulistiyanto, and Chairman Barito Pacific Prajogo Pangestu attend the inauguration of the UGM School of Biology’s Sinar Mas Building. (JP/Nezar Patria)
UGM deputy rector for human resources and assets, Budi Santoso Wignyosukarto, School of Biology dean Suwarno Hadisusanto, Gadjah Mada Alumni Family chairman Ganjar Pranowo, and UGM consultative assembly chairman Pratikno, as well as academics and representatives of private companies contributing to the development of the building, were also present in the event.
The five-story building has three classrooms and several research facilities, including plant physiology, plant microtechnics, plant taxonomy, general biology and teaching laboratories. It is also equipped with a library and a monitoring room.
The groundbreaking ceremony, which marked the start of building construction, was conducted on June 13, 2015.
Sulistiyanto said the Sinar Mas Building development was in line with the government's vision, having on several occasions encouraged the private sector to play a greater role in research.
“One of patterns we have chosen is through a partnership with universities that have a long tradition of research, such as UGM,” he said. The development of the Sinar Mas Building was not the company’s first partnership with UGM, he went on.
Sinar Mas Building adopts green architectural concepts for its construction.(JP/Nezar Patria)
Through the Eka Tjipta Foundation, supported by Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas (APP), Sinar Mas inaugurated an education partnership with UGM’s School of Forestry on March 7, 2011. It included the development of a forestry education program and the inauguration of a graduate and post-graduate building.
Through the foundation, Sinar Mas has provided 114 scholarships for UGM students.
On Oct. 3, Sinar Mas launched a similar initiative with the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) by inaugurating the Sinar Mas Auditorium in Sukolilo, Surabaya, East Java. The auditorium complements the education facilities at ITS’ School of Industrial Engineering.
Franky said countries that were strong in research and development had first developed a strong partnership between their universities and the private sector.
“We are trying to adopt a similar concept. Hopefully, this will produce eco-technopreneurs and science and technology experts who have a pro-environment, conservation mindset, from which they can make findings useful for society,” said Franky.
Based on this, he said, every Sinar Mas-built building, with rooms named after institutions contributing to their development, would be built on the green-building concept with standards compliant with those of the Green Building Council Indonesia.
“All aspects, from the architectural design, to materials, composition, energy and water supplies, and the arrangement of supporting facilities, are based on efficiency,” said Franky.
“It adopts an earthquake-resistant structure and provides adequate access for the disabled.” (ebf)
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