It’s a nice thing to work or study in a small university where you know or at least have seen everybody. As an intern of a research centre in my university where the rector was one of the principal investigators (PIs), I was given the privilege to visit central labs in Malang with three other foreign interns. The rector wished to give example to other parties to be more open for collaboration and to show us how other universities in Malang are doing.
There are three central labs of three different universities in Malang. They are Bioscience Lab of Brawijaya University, Central Lab of Malang State University, and Biotech Lab of Malang Muhammadiyah University.
During my high school, I had a chance to visit labs of two very large universities. The labs had been mainly of Chemistry department, Faculty of Sciences. I had been suprised finding the labs more or less empty. Some machines in the labs had simply been not in use. That was in 2009.
Coming inside the central labs generated so much fun. I was amazed by the labs’ equipment. They totally devasted my bad perception of Chemistry and Biology labs of local universities—I had my degree in Singapore.
It has been five years though. I hope those two labs I had visited would be on the same stage as the three I recently visited.
Let us thank Higher Education Sirectorate (Dikti) as well as Resesrch and Technology Ministry for the grants. I am optimistic to see better research atmosphere in Indonesia in 5-8 years ahead, both for applied and basic science projects.
The govt is doing good enough. However, the most important thing in research is not consumables or machines, but the brains. So, young people, let us strive hard in our education before we get back to help the nation’s development.