Mini Symposium and Scholarship Interview, Collaboration of the Faculty of Biology with National Central University and National Health and Research Institute Taiwan
Yogyakarta, 12 September 2023 – The Faculty of Biology in collaboration with the National Center University (NCU) and the National Health and Research Institute (NHRI), Taiwan held a Mini Symposium and Scholarship Interview, at the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada. The arrival of the NCU and NHRI delegation was received in the KPTU Meeting Room, Faculty of Biology UGM. The delegation are Prof. Chien-Chia Wang, Prof. Shen-Liang Chen, Prof. Yueh-Hsia Luo, Raden Aditya Aryandi, M.Sc. from NCU, as well as Prof. Tsung-Hsien Chuang, Prof. Jyh-Lyh Juang, Prof. Hsiu-Jung Lo, Prof. Ya-Hui Chi, Prof. Hsien-Jen Cheng from NHRI, Taiwan. From the Faculty of Biology attended by, Dr. Bambang Retnoaji, M.Sc. as Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App.Sc. as Vice Dean for Research, Community Service, Collaboration and Alumni Affairs, and Arief Muammar, S.Si., M.Sc. from the Microbiology Laboratory.
Dr. Eko as Vice Dean for Research, Community Service, Collaboration and Alumni Affairs delivered a profile of the Faculty of Biology. The presentation related to the history of the Faculty of Biology, achievements, study programs offered, facilities, and collaborations that have existed between the Faculty of Biology UGM and various institutions, companies and universities throughout the world.
Next, Prof. Chien-Chia Wang, Head of Department of Life Science, National Central University expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to collaborate with the Faculty of Biology. He explained NCU and NHRI focus on biomedicine and developing innovations around bioinformatics to the use of AI in biology.
The Mini Symposium was held in Lecture Rooms 1 and 2, Building B, Faculty of Biology UGM. The event was hosted by Indah N Fauziah, Postgraduate student at the UGM Faculty of Biology, as the host.
“Our collaboration with NCU has been established since years. “We’re confident to continue the strength collaboration,” said Prof. Budi as Dean, in his speech (12/9). Prof. Budi also said that many UGM Biology graduates had continued their studies and research at NCU. The speech was continued with the opening of the Mini Symposium by Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc.
Prof. Wang as Head of Department of Life Science delivered his remarks along with a presentation on the profile of National Central University, especially the Department of Life Science. He conveyed that his department’s research focus is in the biomedical and there is a Department of Medical Engineering which develops research related to medical equipment and the development of bioinformatics and AI innovations. The speech was continued by Prof. Yes Hui Chi, as Chief of Student Affairs Office, NHRI. He conveyed NHRI’s focus on health issues in collaboration with various universities and the government.
The main session of the mini symposium was guided by Tyas Ikhsan Hikmawan, M.Sc., Ph.D. as moderator. The first presentation was delivered by Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App.Sc. who delivered material entitled “Integration of Biorefinery Concept in Biofuel Production from Microalgae”. The second presentation was delivered by Prof. Tsung-Hsien Chuang of NHRI. Prof. Chuang delivered material regarding his research on Immune Response and TLR (Toll Like Receptor). The next presentation was delivered by Dr. Bambang Retnoaji, M.Sc who delivered material related to his research on ‘Wader’ Fish Cultivation. Prof. Yueh-Hsia Luo from NCU delivered the next presentation. Prof. Luo delivered material on the Interaction of Microbiota and Immunity. Next, a presentation was delivered by Dr.rer.nat. Abdul Rahman Siregar, S.Si., M.Biotech. who delivered material entitled “Recombinant Systems and Reporter Viruses for Primate Simplexviruses”, and continued with a presentation by Prof. Hsiu-Jung Lo of NHRI. Prof. Lo explained material related to research centers under NHRI which focus on research in the biomedical field, including Industry Innovation Research, Public Health and Policy Advocacy, and Basic and Translational Medical Research. The mini symposium presentation closed with a material presentation by Wahyu Aristyaning Putri, S.Sc., M.Sc., regarding the detection of the Quasispessies variant of the Hepatitis B Virus in Indonesia.
The next Scholarship Interview will be held at the KPTU Building, Faculty of Biology. The interview was attended by undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Biology who were interested in continuing their studies and research in Taiwan, especially at NCU-NHRI.
The next collaborative discussion was held in the KPTU Meeting Room. The Faculty of Biology initiated Double Degree collaboration for master and doctoral study programs as well as collaboration between UGM, NCU and NHRI in plans to establish a Biomedical Center at UGM. Prof. Wang welcomed the initiation of this collaboration and hoped that he could participate in increasing the quantity and quality of research at UGM, especially at the Faculty of Biology.
The collaboration of the Faculty of Biology with NCU and NHRI in holding the Mini Symposium and Scholarship Interview shows the commitment of the Faculty of Biology in its role in sustainable development in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely healthy living (SDG 3), good quality education (SDG 4), and partnerships for the goals (SDG 17).