The Chancellor of IPB University Becomes Top Three Lecturers in the University Network for Tropical Agricultural (UNTA) Program, Taiwan

The Chancellor of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria was named the Top Three Lecturer in the Master's Lecture Series on Sustainability organized by the University Network for Tropical Agricultural (UNTA) and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan. This award was issued by UNTA and NPUST on July 14, 2021.

"Alhamdulillah, received a Top Three Lecturer award certificate in the Master Program Lecture Series with Sustainability Topics under the UNTA Program in collaboration with NPUST in Taiwan," he explained earlier this week.

The awarding of this award was closely related to the development and application of Sustainability Science. Sustainability Science is an academic discipline that is evolving using a transdisciplinary approach to address the complexities and uncertainties and problems of global society. This emerging field of science deals with the complex natural and social systems that affect sustainability itself.

Prof Arif Satria said, "IPB University as a broadly agriculture-based university, over the years has developed a curriculum related to the importance of integrating sustainability sciences in development. The curriculum must have taken into account the needs of present and future generations."

He said, the various courses that multi-degree students from IPB University could choose had suggested a transdisciplinary approach, one of which was by forming various research consortia involving various national and international stakeholders. "On the other hand, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a global platform and their impact is monitored at the national level to universities," he explained.

He also emphasized that Indonesia itself has a strong commitment to the SDGs and has set a roadmap and targets for the SDGs towards 2030. "So IPB University, as one of the leading universities in Indonesia, attaches great importance to the use of this global platform. One of the important steps taken by IPB University is to mainstreaming Sustainability Sciences in its academic spectrum is by establishing the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Science (CTSS)," he added.

He said, since its establishment, CTSS IPB University has positioned itself as a hub or communication platform between academics and other stakeholders. Such as policy makers, the business/industry sector, civil society, and local communities.

"IPB University's academic work contributes to science by not only producing publications in reputable journals, but also implementing efforts that have been adopted by the government, society and the business world. In this series of UNTA lectures, the sciences of sustainability in natural resource management (eg. land and sea-based sectors) are discussed explicitly with a case approach in Indonesia," he explained. (dh/zul) IAAS/AML


Published Date : 21-Jul-2021

Resource Person : Prof Arif Satria

Keyword : sustainability, transdisciplinary, SDGs, UNTA, IPB University, IPB Chancellor