In early December, Warwick was one of only three UK universities to host a British Embassy-led mission to the UK of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the country’s largest research organisation.
The delegation was in the UK for a week-long visit to introduce the group to key stakeholders from Government and research agencies to identify opportunities for sharing research collaboration and training, and included meetings with Research Councils UK, Technology Strategy Board, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
This was LIPI’s first visit to the UK, and formed part of a series of interactions between the UK and Indonesia resulting in the launch of the Indonesian Ministry of Education Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) student scholarship scheme, which Warwick is engaging with, which will see 150 fully–funded students coming to study in the UK in the next five years.
Showcasing our innovation
The visit provided the opportunity for Warwick to showcase some of the University’s key areas of innovation within research and industry engagement, and the delegation was introduced to the University’s Global Research Priorities Programme, the opportunities presented by Doctoral Training Centres such as the Molecular Analytical Science Centre for Doctoral Training (MASC), and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is based within WMG.
The delegation was also introduced to three of our 32 current Indonesian students, who together represented a range for Departments from WMG, Warwick Business School and School of Life Sciences.
Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, expressed his commitment to engaging with Indonesia. This was the second Indonesian delegation to visit WMG this Autumn, and follows the visit by representatives from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Sebelas Maret University and Gadjah Mada University, as well as the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology and Professor Fauzi of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to discuss the Indonesian national vehicle programme, electric vehicles and academic-industry collaboration approaches.
Provost, Professor Stuart Croft said:
The visit to Warwick of the LIPI delegation provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the University to one of the country’s leading research institutes. We will seek to build on the connections made and explore opportunities for the University of Warwick to engage with Indonesia at what is a key stage in the development of the country’s Higher Education sector.
Funding opportunities for collaboration with Indonesia include:
- British Council’s Researcher Links Programme
- Early Career Researchers workshop: 'Towards sustainable building and infrastructure in Indonesia’. To take place in Bandung, Indonesia on 24 – 27 March 2014. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 January 2014.
- Global Innovation Initiative - a new UK-US funding initiative launched in October 2013, which provides an opportunity to develop trilateral collaborations between UK, US and Indonesia.
If you're interested in finding out more about funding opportunities email Sarah Patrick in the International Office.
Colleagues interested in finding out more about Warwick’s activities in Indonesia more generally should email Victoria Strudwick in the International Office.