Syiah Kuala University and the Institute of Technology Kalimantan agreed to collaborate with each other in the implementation and strengthening of the three principles of higher education. This was stated in the memorandum of understanding signed by Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng and ITK Rector, Prof. Ir. Budi Santosa, M.S., Ph.D which was conducted virtually from two different locations, Banda Aceh and Balikpapan, Tuesday (11/17/2020).
Prof. Budi said that this signing was an honor for ITK because it could work with Unsyiah, which is one of the oldest campuses in Indonesia which has succeeded in achieving a lot of success. One thing that you want to learn is the development of research results by relying on local resources, such as patchouli essential oil. According to him, Unsyiah has succeeded in reviving patchouli products so that they can compete in the market.
"Unsyiah has succeeded in developing the downstream and patchouli industry so as to produce products that are accepted in the market," said Prof. Budi.
He also hopes that students and teaching staff at the two universities can work together and collaborate to advance education in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Prof. Samsul welcomed the cooperation between the two universities located at the tip of Sumatra and Kalimantan. He hopes that this cooperation can provide benefits to the nation and state, as well as produce research whose benefits can be felt by the community.
One of the forms of cooperation that Unsyiah offers to ITK is the development of essential oils and disaster research. Through the Atsiri Research Center (ARC) and the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC), Unsyiah will help ITK develop research and science. Moreover, these two research centers have been recognized as the Center for Excellence in Science and Technology (PUI) guided by the Ministry of Research and Technology (Kemenristek).
According to Prof. Samsul, Kalimantan has great potential for the development of patchouli and other types of plants that produce essential oils. Unsyiah continued, ready to provide and assist research related to this development.
"Some of the essential research that Unsyiah has done can be adapted to conditions in Kalimantan," said Prof. Samsul.
In addition to essential development, Prof. Samsul also offered cooperation in disaster mitigation. Moreover, at this time, Unsyiah already has a triaxial test tool that can be used to determine soil and building structures. According to him, not all of these tools are owned by universities in Indonesia and are a mainstay for Unsyiah's disaster laboratory.
The signing of the MoU was also attended by the vice rectors, deans, lecturers from Usnyiah and ITK. In this activity there was also a webinar discussion on improving the quality of education. (Public Relations Unsyiah / fer)