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Fostering International Collaborative Research and Education: The Indonesia-NL Knowledge House’s Matchmaking Event

Fostering International Collaborative Research and Education: The Indonesia-NL Knowledge House’s Matchmaking Event

International collaboration in research has grown increasingly vital, particularly in addressing complex global challenges that transcend borders and disciplines. Notably, issues like disease control and climate change have gained prominence in recent years as the need for global solutions becomes more apparent.

Amidst this backdrop, the collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands in research deserves recognition. This collaboration dates back to the 1970s and has evolved through programmes such as the Scientific Programme Indonesia-Netherlands (SPIN) and the Indonesia-The Netherlands Programme. One noteworthy example is the Forestry education project, which saw the Wageningen University Forestry departments partnering with the Forestry faculties of Bogor and Yogyakarta universities from 1970 to 1974, reflecting institutional research collaboration between the two countries.

Today, substantial funding from both the Indonesian and Dutch governments is available to facilitate research and educational collaboration between the two nations. Organisations like the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and Indonesia’s emerging Rispro funding from the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) have played pivotal roles in supporting joint research and research visits. These funding sources underscore the commitment of both governments to fostering collaboration within their knowledge sectors.

Promoting knowledge connectivity in research and education stands as a paramount goal for both Indonesia and the Netherlands. In pursuit of this objective, The Indonesia-NL Knowledge House proudly announces the initiation of a Matchmaking Event for Dutch and Indonesian knowledge institutions. This event aims to bring together stakeholders from both countries to forge alliances and collaborate effectively. By facilitating tailored connection based on shared interests and objectives, the event aspires to encourage joint initiatives that advance academic excellence, promote research advancements, and foster cultural exchange.

The Matchmaking Event will be an integral part of the Week of Indonesia-Netherlands Education and Research (WINNER) 2023. This event is scheduled to take place in person at the Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta on 10 October 2023, from 11:00 to 14:00 Western Indonesia time.

The event will feature a series of networking sessions and one-on-one meetings. In preparation for the event, participating institutions will receive a survey to gather insights into their needs, interests, and potential areas of collaboration. The organising committee will schedule the one-on-one meetings based on participants’ interests and priorities. Participants are expected to come prepared to discuss their institution’s research and education interests, as well as their priorities to collaborate with other institutions. The organisers envision the event as a valuable opportunity to network, explore new research and education cooperation prospects, and establish partnerships with other institutions.

The event is open to NL Knowledge House Members, as well as other Dutch Knowledge Institutions and Indonesian Knowledge Institutions who are interested in collaborating. For members of the NL Knowledge House and Indonesian Knowledge Institutions, participation in the event is free of charge. Dutch Knowledge Institutions who are not a member of the NL Knowledge House yet, will be asked to pay a fee of 100 EU per representative attending the event.

For questions and inquiries, you are welcome to contact Adibah Santosa ([email protected]).