Formmit. Berkenaan dengan rencana kegiatan The First Annual Indonesian Scholars Conference in Taiwan (AISC-Taiwan) dengan tema “Improving national competitiveness by strengthening and accelerating independent researches” yang akan diselenggarakan pada Hari Sabtu, 20 Maret 2010, bertempat di Conference Hall, Southern Taiwan University (STU), Taiwan R.O.C, organisasi kemahasiswaan Indonesia di Taiwan yang tergabung dalam Formmit, mengundang para akademisi di Indonesia baik yang di dalam maupun di luar negeri untuk dapat berpartisipasi dalam kegiatan tersebut.
Selain presentasi paper dari peserta, acara ini akan menghadirkan Prof. Dr. Mohamad Nuh, DEA – Mendiknas yang akan berbicara tentang “National education strategy to enhance the global competitiveness”, Prof. Dr. Ir. Engkos Koswara N., M.Sc, APU – Staff Ahli menristek yang akan memberikan tema “Government strategic step in strengthening and accelerating national research as a means of knowledge-based economic development”, serta Chih-Cheng Chao, Ph.D., P.Eng – Senior Advisor Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) –Taiwan. Beliau akan memberikan gambara “How to enhance the national competitiveness: Taiwan in study case”. Pakar lain yang akan berbicara sebagai Invited Talk by two speakers ; Dr. Khoirul Anwar, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and
Technology, Japan. dan Dr. Andreas Raharso, Director Global R&D Centre for Execution, Hay Group, Singapore.
Panitia juga sudah melayangkan permohonan kepada UNY untuk bisa membantu menyediakan reviewer untuk menyeleksi naskah-naskah yang masuk.
This century, the world has entered the era of knowledge-based economy where economic growth, prosperity, and nation’s standard of living are heavily influenced by the ability to master and capitalize science and technology. This era is also characterized by strong tendency to create an open system which can lead to global competition, hence the undeniable requisition to survive and proficient in every competition is to increase national competitiveness. One of the main factors that can increase the competitiveness of nations is increasing investment and improving the quality of human resource development and research.
Indonesia as a developing country with abundant natural resources needs knowledge-based skillful employers whom they are able to manage, enhance their economic value, and provide solutions to the problems faced in terms of safety, health, education, environment, agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and other sectors. However, the big issues related to improving the quality of human resources and researches are still facing Indonesia today. Indicators were seen from the low investment and research development of human resources when
seen from the indicators of research and development and its outcomes as reported by the ADB in 2003
Conditions above, correlated positively to the competitiveness of nations which apparently still low compared to the other countries (table-2). The low competitiveness of Indonesia can also be seen from the numbers of the Human Development Index (HDI) which was released by UNDP, which put Indonesia in the order of 107 out of 177 countries. This issue needs to be solved if the Indonesian people do not want to left behind and run over by the fast-changing era. Strategic plans have been taken by the government as an effort to increase national competitiveness, including improvement of education budget to each 20% (2009-2010’s State Budget), improvement of national education system, and increase the research budget, although the number is still far from the amount of the research budget issued by the neighbor countries.
Despite policies executed by the government is still far from the ideal as expected by all nations’ elements, but as the children of our nation, we should not just criticize the policies without contributed to any possible roles and position which can be taken. As an overseas academician, both students and employers who work on strategic sectors have an important role to support the increase of nation’s competitiveness. One of them is participating in the strengthening and acceleration of national research, thus they can become advocates/supporters in the development of national industry based on science and technology, developed by the nation itself.
Such action has begun, with the emergence of International Indonesian Scholars Association (I-4) and various scientific studies led by Indonesian students in some countries where they study. As part of the elements that have a sense of responsibility and commitment in our nation progress and prosperity, the Indonesian Muslim Student Forum in Taiwan (FORMMIT) was determined to take part in the move with initiating a scientific forum that the results expected to be a trigger to improve the quality of national research and acceleration of the knowledge capitalization that leads to increase economic growth, and increase
welfare of Indonesian people. In addition, we want to build a nation which has a dignity and reckoned in the world.
This event has goals and targets as follows;
1. Growing nationalism to build Indonesia together through
strengthening and accelerating the national research as the
foundation of development knowledge-based economy.
2. Place to accommodate scientific interaction between Indonesian
students / scholars in Taiwan with the relevant parties in Indonesia
for the development of science and technology.
3. Through scientific interaction across these fields is expected to build
an intelligent, comprehensive and competitive future generation