SEAMEO BIOTROP Strengthens Its Collaborations with Universitas Sumatera Utara Tuesday, 25 January 2022 on 3:45pm

SEAMEO BIOTROP Strengthens Its Collaborations with Universitas Sumatera Utara

SEAMEO BIOTROP and Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) agreed to initiate collaborative programs. This agreement resulted from a joint meeting between SEAMEO BIOTROP and the Collaborative Team of Universitas Sumatera Utara.

During the collaborative meeting, the Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP, Dr Zulhamsyah Imran, proposed several collaboration subjects, such as:

1. Research and development in tropical biology.
Currently, there has been a collaborative project on Mangrove Ecosystem Studies between SEAMEO BIOTROP and the Faculty of Forestry of Universitas Sumatera Utara.

2. Strengthening the provision of seedlings by using tissue culture techniques
SEAMEO BIOTROP has developed 56 tissue culture protocols for seedlings of forest trees, agriculture commodities and ornamental plants. SEAMEO BIOTROP offered to promote the Faculty of Agriculture of Sumatera Utara to become one of Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Badan Hukum (Legal Entity State University) in Indonesia.

3. Geospatial technology utilization
The Geospatial technology can be utilized to enhance and strengthen the monitoring system for agricultural commodities, including monitoring for plant pests and diseases, as an integrated part of the expert system developed by SEAMEO BIOTROP, based on Agriculture 4.0.

4. Dissemination of scientific publication.  
In 2019, SEAMEO BIOTROP and Universitas Sumatera Utara collaboratively organized a National Seminar in Forestry, with the Faculty of Forestry.  Future collaborative scientific seminars and workshops can be held to elevate the visibilities of the two institutions in national, regional and international scopes.

5. Internship for university students
SEAMEO BIOTROP initiates an internship program specially designed for university students to support the “Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka” Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. The program is worth 20 credits for each chosen subject.  SEAMEO BIOTROP also has an internship program with counterparts from Japan to provide the working experience for university students, e.g., students from Universitas Padjadjaran (Bandung), Universitas Djuanda (Bogor) and Universitas Satya Negara Indonesia (Jakarta). (sis).

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