The Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti), Prof. H. Mohamad Nasir, Ph.D., Ak., led an Indonesian delegation to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The delegation was welcomed by Dr. William Grimson,Chancellor for Academic Advancement MIT. The objective of this event was to build research collaboration with MIT as the world’s leading universities. The delegation included Dr. Ainun Na'im, Secretary General, Kemenristekdikti); Dr. Muhammad Dimyati, Director General of Research Development Strengthening; Ir. Nada Darmiyanti, S. M.Phil,Head of the Bureau of Cooperation and Public Communication,Kemrisktekditki; Bhimo Andoko SH. MH., Assistant Attaché of Education and Culture and Dr. Poetro Sambegoro, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).
During the meeting, the delegation learned about about international collaboration initiatives at MIT. and visited several labs, including MIT’s Media Lab, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). CSAIL is a part of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, that works with ITB as a part of the USAID-funded Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA) program, a research collaboration and university partnerships program between Indonesia and the U.S. that aims to increase the research capacity of the Indonesian higher education sector and improve the enabling environment for quality research within Indonesian higher education institutions. Managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), SHERA’s consortium with ITB is a part of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation Technology (NCSTT).
NCSTT aims to increase the research capacity in the field of developing sustainable transportation system, such as electric cars, in Indonesia. Led by ITB, the NCSTT consortium includes six Indonesian partner universities, Diponegoro University, Sebelas Maret University, Kalimantan Institute of Technology, Lambung Mangkurat University, Sriwijaya University, and Sam Ratulangi University. MIT’s involvement in the consortium includes research in the Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory, under Tomasz Wierzbicki, to utilize MIT’s lithium-based battery patents used for electric vehicle technology in Indonesia.