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Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:52
Minister of National Education of Indonesia challenges SEAMEO BIOTROP to be actively involved on the poverty alleviation - 311 time(s) visited
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The forty-seventh SEAMEO BIOTROP Governing Board Meeting was held in IPB International Convention Centre, Bogor, Indonesia last 6 - 8 October 2009. The meeting was officially declared open by H.E. the Minister of National Education, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, MBA.

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, MBA challenged SEAMEO BIOTROP to be actively involved in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals program related to research and development to support poverty alleviation and food security.

The Minister said that SEAMEO has a prominent role in developing the Southeast Asian community to meet the ever changing challenges and to further enhance the linkages among Southeast Asian countries especially in the field of education. Each SEAMEO’s center, with its own areas of specialization and expertise, has played a great part to the overall development of the people in this region.

The minister also added that BIOTROP should keep its cooperation with various institutions, both National and International, related to research activities, training courses, scientific seminar and workshop activities.

Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, Rector of Bogor Agricultural University, was also delivered his welcome remarks. Prof. Dr. Herry said that in support on education for sustainable development, a number of initiatives were introduced including the research focus and seminars on climate changes; training programs for the teachers and communities of organic farming and waste management; and the development of Bogor Science Park located at SEAMEO BIOTROP compound to encourage students to have more interest in science.

In this occasion, SEAMEO has just launched three new centers in Indonesia among others SEAMEO Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) of the Natural Science, Math and Language which have an important role in molding professionalism in science, mathematics and language teachers, that could carry out the necessity of curricula reformation; such as introduction of new teaching-learning techniques; and assisting the appropriate integration of educational technologies.

Dr. Bambang Purwantara, SEAMEO BIOTROP Director, reported that during fiscal year of 2008-2009, the Center had conducted research (21), training courses (20), seminars (6), workshops (4) and information dissemination including publication of journal BIOTROPIA which is published twice a year. Networking with other institutions has also been maintained and increased. The launching of Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) Bogor under the United Nation University coordination also played an important role specifically on the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) activities. SEAMEO BIOTROP acts as the host of RCE Bogor secretariat. Other than that, BIOTROP has implemented ISO/IEC 17025:2005 on the quality management of the laboratory and ISO 9001:2000 on the quality management system.

SEAMEO BIOTROP is also involved in community development. To mention one among others is the collaboration project together with KIIC (Karawang International Industrial City) by empowering the community living around the industrial zone as there is a need for KIIC to cooperate with other institutions. Hence, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and Indonesia-based SEAMEO Centers (BIOTROP, SEAMOLEC and TROPMED RCCN of the University of Indonesia) started ‘desa telaga’, a pilot project in the field of education, nutritional health, and economic improvement of the community under the supervision of PT Harapan Anang Bakri & Sons, Telukjambe District, Karawang Regency. 

Also during the meeting, the Governing Board discussed the proposed year budget of SEAMEO BIOTROP for FY 2009-2010.