Bogor,June 14, 2011 – Tue 10:00-12:00

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) – Indonesia and Michigan State University (MSU) – the US was signed on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Hall B – IPB International Convention Center – Botani Square, Jl. Raya Pajajaran, Bogor, Indonesia.

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome address from Rector of IPB (Prof. Dr Herry Suhardiyanto)
09.10 – 10.20 Speech from MSU delegation (Prof. Dr. Gerhardus Schultink)
09.20 – 09.25 MoU Signing between Bogor Agricultural University and Michigan State University
10.25 – 12.00 Discussion on Possible Collaboration (Chairman: Prof. Dr. Hadi Susilo Arifin)

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by IPB executives, such as Vice Rector (Prof. Dr. Anas M Fauzi, Dr Arif), Director of International Program & Collaboration (Dr Rinekso Sukmadi), Sub-Director of International Program (Dr. Moh. Agil) and MSU Alumni i.e. Prof. Dr. Ani Mardiastuti, Prof. Dr. Eriyatno, and Prof. Dr. Hadi Karya Purwadaria, also the US alumni representative (Dr Ma’mun Sarma).

Welcome speech of IPB Rector on the MoU Signing between IPB and MSU

Honorable Guest, Prof. Gerhardus Schultink- Representative of the Michigan State University,
Our distinguished guests from Badan Pertanahan Nasional,
Colleagues and Friends,
Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Good morning…

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The first of all, I would like to welcome you all and to express our great gratitude Professor Gerhardus Schultink who represents the Michigan State University (MSU) for the generous support of the development of collaboration between IPB and MSU.
This is very good opportunity to receive you at Bogor Agricultural University or IPB, which could facilitate to pick up the opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between IPB and MSU in the agricultural development through scientific collaboration and technology exchanges for the prosperity of human being.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Bogor Agricultural University, called IPB, is one of the state assets and the only center of excellence in the agriculture higher education and innovation for better agriculture development in Indonesia.
Accordingly, IPB is also well known for its research activities in the fields of agriculture and life sciences for long time. Especially, IPB is very strong in tropical agriculture and in developing new varieties for tropical fruits and crops. IPB is well recognized as the pioneer and advance in the food science and technology. Moreover, IPB is also very strong in veterinary medicine, fisheries and marine science, livestock and animal science, forestry and biodiversity conservation, resource and environmental sciences, food and agricultural engineering & technology, bioindustry and business, human ecology, and natural sciences.
IPB has more than 24 thousand students; 5,600 students in vocational school, 14,500 students in undergraduate, 2,100 students in master, and 1,500 students in doctoral courses, respectively. We have 36 study programs for under graduate, 79 programs for graduates. These study programs are conducted in nine faculties, i.e. Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Faculty of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of Human Ecology.
In line with the vast expansion of study programs and increased number of faculty members over the last two decades, as well as the growing focus on sustainable agriculture, increased food production, human resource development, biodiversity conservation, and global climate changes, 20 research centers have been established in IPB.

Some of those centers are recognized and proposed to become regional research centers, such as South East Asian Food and Agricultural Science and Technology Center (SEAFAST) which is supported by USDA; Two Center of Excellent (CoE), namely CoE for Bio- and Renewable Energy, and CoE for Bio-business-industry are recognized by the World bank; and Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in South East Asia and Pacific (CCROM-SEAP).

Ladies and Gentlemen,
IPB has long standing collaboration with US Universities since the early 60’s. Collaboration with US Universities continue until now which enhance the capacity and involvement of IPB on the national and regional agriculture development.

The first global corporation program of IPB was done during period of 1960-1966 with the US government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under an AID/W-699 contract. The US government through the University of Kentucky provided assistance in implementing the concept of agriculture higher education. The University of Kentucky sent about 50 staffs during the period of 1960-1966.

A second global collaboration was established with Midwestern Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) for a 5-year period between 1970-1975, and the relationship was extended for another 5 years from 1975-1980.

Following the MUCIA project, during the period 1980-1985, a collaborative program with the University of Wisconsin-Madison was developed. All these collaborations focused on faculty development, curriculum-development, and institution-building including IPB master plan.

Long-term collaboration with US universities through generous support from the US Government had much to accelerate IPB’s great development to its present size and status. Many of the American alumni were appointed to national positions, committees, and task forces for the development of national agriculture programs.

Unfortunately, nowadays, lower numbers of the faculty staff pursued further degree in US universities. In recent ten years, the fellowships from the universities of the US for our young staff were not very much avalaible if compared with that from other donors such as Japan and German.

Although, in the last decade, there were about more than 20 research project in agriculture sector have been conducting in collaboration between IPB and several US universities and research institutions. Many US universities and research institution have been collaborating with IPB, such as: “North Carolina A & T State University”, “Ohio State University”, “University of California, “University of Kansas”, “Colorado University”, “Tuffs University”, “Wake Forest University”, “The US Department of State`s Biosecurity Engagement Program”, “Washington National Primate Research Center”, “University of Washington”, “Clemson University and Virginia Tech”, “North Caroline University”, “Texas A&M University”, and “University of Florida”.

In line with USAID program and to respond the visit of several US university leaders to IPB in 2009, IPB has also initiated to develop collaborations with some US universities, such as Iowa University, Rhode Island University, and Cornell University, including with Michigan State University.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Based on long experiences and high benefit obtained from previous collaboration with US universities, IPB is very much concerned and strongly support to get the chance and opportunity to extend and strengthen the collaboration with US universities in scientific and technology focusing on the development of sustainable agriculture and environmental friendly practices, including the development of research centers which could support to enhance the capacity and involvement of IPB to improve the prosperity of human being.

During the visit of US State Secretary Mrs. Hillary Clinton, she emphasized on the need of more cooperation in higher education and exchange programs between Indonesia and the US.
We highly appreciate and support Mrs. Hillary’s proposal and we have a good intention on the idea because we know, this is betimes and a very important step to recover the main role of the US universities alumni in IPB, and in national and regional level for better future policy and action on agriculture sector.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The initiation of collaboration between IPB and MSU has conducted through the visit of the Vice President of MSU in 2009, and then followed up by the visit of several professors including Professor Schulting who already visited IPB for several times.

Due to his high intention and generous support, therefore Professor Gerhardus Schultink could accelerate the process of IPB and MSU engagement by signing the Letter of Intent (LoI) for academic cooperation on March 12, 2011. We highly appreciate the involvement of Professor Schultink for his valuable support on the development of collaboration between IPB and MSU. I know that the involvement of Professor Schultink on the collaboration with IPB is not such a new one, because He already visited IPB in 2006 and 2007. He was coming to IPB to evaluate and monitor a research program namely “Homestead Plot Survey on Java”, which was funded by “Rural Development Institute, Seattle, USA”, the research was conducted by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture-IPB.

The signing of MoU today is very important as a sign that MSU and IPB is willing to collaborate strongly and actively, although the most important is how to implement the collaboration in the real activities which could benefit to both institutions for academic and scientific but also could produce the results for the improvement of human well-being.

In this moment I would like also to appreciate Professor Hadi Susilo Arifin for his commitment to follow up the process of IPB and MSU engagement until the signing MoU today could be realized.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Since the agriculture is still an important sector for the improvement of prosperity of human being, therefore contribution of IPB to the development sustainable agriculture sector is very important. Therefore in this good moment, I would like to emphasis that collaboration between IPB and MSU could be as vehicle to bring more staff of IPB and MSU to collaborate by producing more research proposal in order to support the development of sustainable agriculture and to improve the prosperity of human being.
As far as I concern, there was a research proposal has been developed between IPB and MSU so called “STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY BETWEEN MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND BOGOR AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (IPB): COLLABORATION IN APPLIED CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH AND OUTREACH”. It was applied for support from USAID under “Supporting Universities to Partner across the Pacific” program. Although it is not yet successful, but I would highly encourage to follow up with further action in order to get the funding support to implement such a good proposal.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last but not least, please allow me to deliver our proposal for strengthening the cooperation between IPB and MSU in academic, scientific and technology transfer for improving the capacity of IPB staff and benefit for our students.

Finally, on behalf of IPB I would like to wish you for successful collaboration, and we could obtain fruitful and meaningful programs from the academic, Scientific and Technology cooperation between IPB and MSU.
Thank you.

Billahi taufiq wal hidayah, Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Bogor, June 14th, 2011

Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, M.Sc.

Prof. Gerhardus Schultink, a MSU Representative and Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto, IPB Rector on MoU Signing

MSU-IPB MoU Signing in Ball Room B, IPB International Convention Center (IICC), Bogor-Indonesia

Prof. Gerhardus Schultink (MSU represebtative) and Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto (IPB Rector)

Prof. Hadi Susilo Arifin is holding a small group discussion for possibilities join research program between IPB and MSU

Prof Gerhardus Schultink and IPB alumni (Prof. Hadi Karya) and IPB Vice Rector (Prof. Anas M Fauzi) on small group discussion in IICC

Prof Hadi Susilo Arifin and some MSU Alumni in IPB, such as Prof. Eriyatno and Prof. Ani Mardiastuti on small group discussion in IICC, 14 June 2011