IPB University Signs MoU with Grobogan District

IPB University Rector, Dr. Arif Satria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Sumarni SH, MM, Regent of Gorobogan District in Dramaga Campus, Bogor (24/7). This MoU marks the beginning of cooperation between IPB University and Grobogan District in agriculture, namely coffee cultivation and tourism development.

In the opportunity, Dr. Arif explained that the innovations of IPB University contributed the most in the Most Prospective Indonesian Innovation based on the Business Innovation Center (BIC) of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. Dr. Arif hoped that this achievement will be able to provide added-value to the agricultural sector for communities and regions that have become partners with IPB.

“Tourism is a part of creative economy which is very potential. Our nature is very beautiful and our society is heterogenous. This is a great component to support the tourism. IPB University will try to accompany Grobongan District in developing tourism and agriculture,” he said.

According to him, agriculture must move on to Agriculture 4.0. But the stakeholders in Indonesia currently has low education level, access limitation, and low-scale of business.

"The patterns at IPB University can be tested. We are committed that innovation must not stop at campus but must have multiple effects in the field and Grobogan Regency can be our partner,” he added.

Dr. Arif Satria also invited professionals from Grobogan Regency to continue their master's studies at IPB University.

"I think this MoU covers a broad field including education. We have a Regional Enrollment Scholarship (BUD) program for S1 and Vocational Schools. This can be used by Grobogan Regency to send the best students to be financed financed by the district and go back to the regions after graduating," he said.

Meanwhile the Regent of Grobogan said that Grobogan District was an agriculture-based district. This regency has the largest land area in Central Java, flanked by two limestone mountains, has a forest area and an agricultural area.

"Grobogan is a food buffer district with soybean and corn commodities being the biggest producer in the country. Through this collaboration, it is hoped that soybean and corn production can be higher later. I see various innovations of IPB University including IPB 3S rice. This is extraordinary production and I hope it can be applied to Grobogan," he said.

Published Date : 26-Jul-2019

Resource Person : Dr. Arif Satria

Keyword : MoU, Grobogan Regency, Agriculture 4.0, IPB University