UNS-Cities Collaboration for Better Waste Management

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US Ambassador for Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., had a working visit in Solo on Thursday Jan 19, 2017. Visiting Universitas Sebelas Maret was one of the agendas during the visit. The ambassador and his entourage were welcomed by the university rector, Prof. Dr. Ravik Karsidi, M.S., in dr. Prakosa building where they did a little introduction and had a warm conversation.

The main agenda of his visit to UNS was to meet all participants of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a workshop about waste management conducted by the U.S. Department of State in early December 2016. The participants included five lecturers from UNS, regent of Karanganyar & Sukoharjo district, Head of Environmental Agency of Sukoharjo district, and Branch Manager of PT Pasadena Engineering Indonesia. After a small talk with the university rector and the participants of IVLP, there was a presentation session about the training. Of all nine participants, Dr. Mohammad Gamal Rindarjono, M.Si, lecturer in Geography Department of UNS, was appointed the presenter.

Mr. Gamal talked shortly about the experience he and fellow participants had during the training such as visiting Ohio, Texas, and San Francisco to witness and learn about waste management technology. He also revealed a plan of cooperation between UNS, Karanganyar, and Sukoharjo district.

“Firstly, a study center about waste management will be established, and this year we will begin our pilot project by setting up waste management in Sukoharjo to deal with 20 tons from total of 125 tons of waste the city has per day. And in Karanganyar, we will build an educational park integrated with waste management”, he asserted in his presentation.

He described briefly about the waste management system like the differentiation of the waste type, but he didn’t tell yet about the model of the waste management that would be adopted. As for the educational park in Karanganyar district, he stated that they had prepared a 20ha space that could be used for the park and camping site.

As the presentation was done, the ambassador presented certificates of training for each of the IVLP participants. Shortly afterwards, meeting was dismissed.

When encountered during short break, Prof. Ravik mentioned that in addition to the establishment of waste management system in Karanganyar and Sukoharjo district, the cooperation between UNS, Karanganyar, and Sukoharjo district with the assistance of U.S. embassy would enhance the collaboration.

“We also plan to set out sister city among Karanganyar, Sukoharjo, and Geneva city of New York state. With this, Karanganyar and Sukoharjo district can conduct more collaborative works with the city or state, so can universities there, with UNS”, the rector said.

In line with the previous statements, Ambassador Donovan gave positive remarks on this cooperation among UNS, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo, and the government of the U.S.A. He commented, “This visit (IVLP) is a perfect example of cooperation we have with Indonesia through comprehensive partnership for we can share our ideas on various issues to answer challenges we face at local level of United States and local level of Indonesia.”

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