The incoming Indonesian Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, H.E. Dr. Rizal Sukma, addressed nearly 400 Indonesian and UK researchers and students on Saturday, 12 March on the topic of Indonesian foreign and development policy under President Joko Widodo, as part of the inaugural Warwick Indonesia Forum.
In his second visit to Warwick within three weeks of starting his appointment as Ambassador, H.E. Dr. Sukma met with Indonesian students from across the UK, as well as overseeing the launch of the Indonesia - UK Scholars Network (IUKSN) and meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG.
The event, organised by our Indonesian student society, PPI Warwick (with support from the Office for Global Engagement), also saw over 120 Indonesian and UK scholars take part in seven parallel research workshops on topics of mutual research interest ranging from Public Health and Human Development to Urban Planning and Infrastructure.
Having identified Indonesia as a strategic priority in 2015, Warwick is building upon existing links between WMG, Engineering and Politics and International Studies and their respective Indonesian partners to develop joint research and teaching activities, supported by the UK’s Newton Fund and British Council grants. Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Stuart Croft, is visiting Warwick’s partners in Indonesia in mid-March in order to progress our joint activities as part of his first overseas visit.
The Indonesia-UK Scholars’ Network, a joint initiative between Warwick’s Office for Global Engagement and PPI Warwick, will provide a platform for building collaboration between UK and Indonesia-based scholars of Indonesia-related topics. Initial IUKSN activities will include early-career researcher workshops and the development of joint funding proposals.
In 2013, the University, through WMG, initiated close collaborations with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), as well as Institut Teknologi Bandung and other leading universities including Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Gadjah Mada as part of Indonesia’s national MOLINA Electric Vehicle programme.
The University intends to build major partnerships around key Indonesian research priority areas which overlap with our own strengths. We are supporting our engagements with Indonesia by providing seed funding for research collaborations with Indonesia and by offering, together with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, two joint Chevening scholarships for Indonesian students, providing fee waivers, travel costs and stipends for two Indonesian nationals a year to follow one-year Masters courses at Warwick.