Sweden Excellence Seminar in Indonesia

I have had the pleasure of leading the SACF delegation during the Indonesia-Sweden Excellence Seminar with activities taking place in Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta.  In Yogyakarta 32 colleagues from the Swedish universities of Uppsala, Stockholm, KTH, Chalmers, Linköping and Lund University  discussed around current issues with top Indonesian researchers, focusing on how Swedish and Indonesian researchers can collaborate in the future within:

Maritime Development and Marine Technology
Urban Planning
Local Resilience and Disaster Management
Renewable Energy
Civil Society

The Lund University representatives  included Dean Viktor Öwall, as well as Magnus Genrup (both Faculty of Engineering), Anders Uhlin (Faculty of Social Sciences), Benedict Oppong Asamoah (Faculty of Medicine), Klas Malmqvist (Division at Research, Collaboration and Innovation), Richard Stenelo, Head of International Office and myself. The discussions were very valuable for me as we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with the participating university leaders from Sweden and Indonesia regarding issues such as sustainable research management and the future of higher education.

While I was continuing to Jakarta after the seminar to meet important partners of Lund University and to reconnect to our alumni, some of LU’s participants took advantage of the opportunity to deepen their scientific discussions that started during the seminar. Professor Anders Uhlin organised together with Professor Purwo Santoso (UGM) a workshop with the title “Formal and Informal Politics: Lessons regarding Civil Society and Governance” at Universitas Gadjah Mada, in which also Dr. Benedict Oppong Asamoah participated.

Professor Viktor Öwall and Professor Magnus Genrup participated in a mini-symposium on “Renewable Energy and Urban Planning” at Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Judging by the feedback received, the participating researchers found the seminar valuable in different ways. Getting to know the Indonesian research and educational system was considered as invaluable for future collaboration activities.

Sweden has a tradition in research related to Indonesia. An excellent example is Professor Anders Uhlin from the Department of Political Science who wrote his PhD-dissertation about the Indonesian pro-democracy movement in the 1990s. An Indonesian translation of the book was published right after the fall of President Suharto in 1998 and has apparently been used as required reading in many political science courses up until today, something Anders learnt about both from workshop participants in Yogyakarta and when he gave a guest lecture for more than 100 lecturers and students at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. For Anders who has not worked that closely with Indonesia for a long time, this was an excellent opportunity to develop both old and new contacts with Indonesian researchers.

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