University of Adelaide agricultural research on show for Indonesian delegates
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
The University of Adelaide welcomes senior delegates from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), in Indonesia, as they embark on a two-day (28-29 January 2014) tour of research and teaching facilities.
Among the delegates are IPB's Rector, Prof.Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, and Vice Rector for Research and International Collaboration, Prof.Dr. Annas Fauzi, who will visit the Waite and North Terrace campuses to meet with University of Adelaide executive staff and researchers.
Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, says this visit is an example of the University of Adelaide's strong international partnership with Indonesia that spans both the research and education agendas.
"Bogor Agricultural University is a world-renowned agricultural-research university and it shares the University of Adelaide's interest in tackling the looming food crisis in Asia," Professor Findlay says.
"Nearly ¾ billion people in Asia live in absolute poverty and the majority of those are undernourished and facing challenges of food security. At the same time, other parts of communities in Asia are demanding 'better' foods, of higher quality and greater nutritional value."
Resolving the question of food security while also meeting the changing expectations of consumers is a big challenge but one which offers opportunities for South Australia.
The University has the capabilities across all its areas of research to support South Australian producers as they respond. Its contribution will be even greater as it builds upon and extends its relationships with partners in the region like IPB.
Professor Findlay says this delegation visit is therefore very important and timely. It will reinforce the strong synergy between the two universities and provide a platform for discussions about future collaborations.
"The University has established strong connections with Indonesia over the years, with countless joint research projects and many staff and student exchanges. We have also welcomed over 780 Indonesian students to the University of Adelaide over the past five years.
"This delegation visit will enable our respective universities to discuss how we can best use one another's expertise and resources in future endeavours," he says.