As part of the Citarum Program to tackle heavy pollution in the Citarum River, West Java, the Universitas Indonesia received another visit from Monash University (03/06). During this visit the Monash team consisted of Professor Shane Murray, Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), Professor Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Director of Informal Cities Lab and Associate Dean International and Engagement and Professor Tony Wong, Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
In October 2021, two researchers from the Universitas Indonesia (UI), Dr. Rr. Dwinanti Rika Marthanty, ST, MT. from the Faculty of Engineering (FTUI) and Dr. Reni Suwarso from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP UI) received a grant of 1.8 billion rupiah (AUD 180,000) from the state government of Victoria, Australia. This grant is provided through the Study Melbourne Research Partnerships program, which is distributed through Veski.
“After two years, we are finally able to visit Indonesia again. This visit was not only to discuss the continuation and development of the Citarum Program and the Citarum living laboratory. We also want to discuss the possibility of collaboration between MADA and the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering UI in the field of education and research,” said Prof. Shane Murray.
During the visit, the MADA team was welcomed by the FTUI team led by the Deputy Dean for Education, Research, and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Yanuar, M.Eng., Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Ayomi Dita Rarasati, S.T., M.T., Ph.D., Head of the Department of Architecture, Dr. Ir. Achmad Hery Fuad, M.Eng., Secretary of the Department of Architecture, Kristanti Dewi Paramita, S.Ars., M.A., Ph.D., and accompanied by several Professors and Lecturers from the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture FTUI.
“Cooperation activities between MADA and FTUI started from the Citarum project and it is hoped that in the future it can continue to be carried out, especially in academic activities. It would be very interesting if we could develop it into a double degree program between FTUI and MADA Architecture. With Civil Engineering, cooperation can also be developed in the field of build environment. It can also work together for PWK,” said Prof. Yanuar.
The Citarum project has started on October 15, 2021 and is expected to be completed on October 14, 2022. The project, which is jointly led by Monash University and the Universitas Indonesia, also involves several international research institutions, including Padjadjaran University (UNPAD), CSIRO, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) in Switzerland, as well as the Environment and Research and Development Agency of West Java, and in the future it will become a multi-year learning and innovation program.
The Citarum program is one of 15 research projects that have received a total of AUD 2.8 million in grant funding from the Government of the state of Victoria, Australia. These research projects cover mining, advanced manufacturing, health and education, including the use of virtual reality to train healthcare professionals remotely in 12 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
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