Unhas Rector Jamaluddin Jompa stated here on Wednesday that the meeting was held at the Australian Embassy Office in Jakarta during which they discussed cooperation between Indonesia and Australia, especially in the field of research, which is a strategic partnership between the two countries.
Several collaborations have been held between Unhas and the Australian government, universities, and institutions, he remarked.
Jompa explained that Unhas had been involved in the Australia-Indonesia Center (AIC), through the AIC Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Researcher (AIC PAIR).
Since the cooperation was established, PAIR has developed partnerships with 320 interdisciplinary researchers from two countries to work on over 200 studies.
He explained that women constituted 50 percent of the researchers and 75 percent of them had never worked together before.
This indicated a good relationship between Indonesia and Australia in advancing science, he affirmed.
Research in the PAIR program focuses on connectivity, people, and places that aligned with the need for solutions to Indonesia's infrastructure and economic development issues, especially outside Java Island, such as Sulawesi.
On this occasion, Jampo also received a special pin marking the commemoration of 70 years of Australian Scholarships in Indonesia that was handed over by Ambassador Williams.
One of the infrastructure projects in Sulawesi is the Makassar-Parepare railway project that will boost national competitiveness.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated that the Makassar-Parepare railroad line in South Sulawesi will be connected to the northern part of Sulawesi or Manado in North Sulawesi.
The Trans-Sulawesi Railway network was the focus of PAIR during the 2019-2022 period.
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