Seoul: Following up on a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan last November, 160 Indonesian research scientists in South Korea who joined the Indonesian Researchers Association in Korea (APIK) expressed their commitment to the success of moving the Capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.
This was revealed by APIK chairman Gregory Rionugroho Harvianto during the inauguration of APIK at Wisma Duta KBRI Seoul on Saturday, December 21, 2019. He emphasized that the group had compiled various strategic proposals to implement this.
The Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi who also oversaw the formation of APIK welcomed the commitment. Furthermore, Ambassador Umar provided a special challenge, namely the need for APIK to provide concrete input to the Government of Indonesia on a monthly basis.
"There is its own satisfaction if we can create an idea that is beneficial to the nation. Therefore we must hold intensive meetings to develop concepts about research and innovation clusters that can be used in the new Capital City later," said Ambassador Umar, in a written statement received Medcom.id on Monday, December 23 2019.
"APIK needs to provide input in the form of structural and institutional designs, even in its remuneration system. In addition, the clusters formed are relevant to the needs and existing modalities, such as clean coal and refinery," he continued.
Indonesian Research Scientists in Korea welcomed the challenge. Even the newly formed organization immediately held a follow-up meeting and will present its proposals early 2020.
APIK was formed as a forum for Indonesian researchers / graduates from Korea to accelerate research progress in Indonesia through innovation and collaboration. The mission of the establishment of APIK includes building networks and strong collaboration between members, becoming a platform of exchanging experience, knowledge, expertise and information on research and innovation and playing an active role in accelerating the progress of research and innovation in Indonesia.
Indonesian researchers in Korea come from various scientific fields. Starting from Information Technology, artificial intelligence, instrumentation, energy, culture, biotechnology, marine and fisheries, to nuclear technology. Even meat science and the science of utilizing animal waste also exist.
APIK members consist of Lecturers / Research Professors, Post-doctoral Researchers in R&D companies or research institutes graduating from Korea and Doctorate students in South Korea.