Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) got U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances ( USAID SHERA) Program, worth of 3 million dollars in the research grant. The same thing was also obtained by Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Universitas Indonesia (UI), Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad), and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). USAID SHERA Program was inaugurated by Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Ristekdikti) of RI, Mohamad Nasir, together with Deputy of Ambassador of USA, Brian McFeeters, in D Building of Kemenristekdikti RI, recently.

The Rector of IPB, Prof.Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, had appointed Prof.Dr. Bambang Purwantara as the Director and Dr. Alan F. Koropitan as the Deputy Director of SHERA in IPB with the umbrella of “Interdiciplinary Graduate Education and Research in Animal Biotechnology and Coral Reef Fisheries” program.

Prof. Bambang said, this program was the USA government grant through USAID coordinated by Kemenristekdikti with the aim to strengthen the academic and research capacities in the university. Through USAID SHERA, it was expected to increase the human resource capacity, the research and development (R & D) in the university, and the improvement of the quality of research. It was expected to boost the increase in the number and the quality of the international publication, and the increase of the conducive environment for the implementation of the quality research.

USAID SHERA established 5 (five) areas of focus, namely IPB for the topic of the Food Security and Self Sufficiency; UI for the topic of the Urban Development and Planning; ITB for the topic of the Innovative Technologies; Unpad for the topic of the Public Health and Infection Disease; and UGM for the topic of the Environment, Energy and Maritime Sciences. It was expected that the five areas of focus could form the Centers for Collaborative Research (CCR). Through CCR, it would be encouraged to form the cluster of the scientists of Indonesia and USA to conduct the world-class research in the five areas of focus. Every CCR consisted of one lead university as the coordinator which was partnered with at least 3 (three) universities in Indonesia and 1 (one) university in USA.

Prof. Bambang explained, initially there were 67 proposals from the state universities (PTN) to cooperate with the universities in USA. A total of 48 of them passed the administrative selection. However, then it was selected 17 best proposals, and they were selected into 13 proposals. Furthermore, it was selected 5 proposals. From the result of the final evaluation, of 5 areas of focus, IPB was trusted to manage the area of focus of the Food Security and Self Sufficiency. The topic proposed was the amalgamation between the group of cattle (cow) proposed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FKH) of IPB, and the coral reef fisheries by the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FPIK) of IPB.

Prof. Bambang affirmed, IPB was as the leader in establishing the cooperation with two universities in the United States of America namely the Mississippi State University (MSU) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) and 7 (seven) partner universities in Indonesia namely Universitas Syiah Kuala, Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Brawijaya and Universitas Nusa Cendana for the study of the animal reproduction biotechnology; and Universitas Udayana, Universitas Mataram and Universitas Negeri Papua for the study of the coral reef fisheries.

Besides that, some of the partners which would be associated with the implementation of the results of the study, such as the Center for Artificial Insemination, Singosari; the Center for Artificial Insemination, Lembang; and the Center for Animal Embryo, Cipelang, were the strategic partners for the development of the cattle quality. “A number of the local governments, NGOs, and the private sectors which are the stakeholders of the potential development of the coral reef fisheries will be heavily involved in this program,” he said.

“The hope is, the cooperation and the partnership can be realized in order to promote the national food self-sufficiency from the sources of livestock, fisheries and marine well. CCR which will be established and built can be the center of excellence for the animal food supply in Indonesia. This USAID SHERA program will have a term of almost four years, starting to be effective from April 2017 and ending in December 2020,” he concluded. (Awl)


Published Date : 05-Apr-2017

Resource Person : Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, Prof. Dr. Bambang Purwantara, Dr. Alan F. Koropitan

Keyword : USAID SHERA Program for IPB