Promoting Knowledge-Based Economic Development Towards a Prosperous Indonesia

Gadjah Mada University rector Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati at the 3rd annual meeting of the Indonesia Economic Forum (IEF) at the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta on November 15, 2016. (Photo by Jurnasyanto Sukarno/IEF)

Working with universities to develop innovative solutions can lead to a sustainable future for Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University rector Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati said at the 3rd annual meeting of the Indonesia Economic Forum (IEF) at the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta on November 15, 2016.

“Research-based education and technology development will lead to a knowledge-based society that will drive the competitiveness in human capacity that at the end will create a sustainable and resilient Indonesia,” she told the forum.

This is not just talk. The Yogyakarta-based university has been fostering the spirit of social entrepreneurship in the country through its University Incubation and Business Development Unit.

It also has a mini factory and plans to construct a Science Techno Park in 2018 that will manufacture academic and research products on a larger scale.

The oldest university in Indonesia, UGM has also initiated a scheme called “knowledge-based economic development”, which allows it to parent with other innovative companies such as Singapore-based SIXCAP Group

UGM and SIXCAP have formed a joint venture called GamaTechno that provides smart city solutions for transportation, lifestyle, and governance, among others

They also have an initiative for digital healthcare, which resulted in the creation of NusaHealth, a mobile application for users to manage their personal health data that is aimed at preventing and monitoring non-communicable diseases.

Another initiative called Geo-Intelligence, on the other hand, combines ground and aerial survey data, satellite data, and participatory mapping to support decision-making in areas such as land administration, disaster management, and urban planning. This can also help in providing an early warning system (EWS) for natural disasters such as landslides using an Android-based application.

“The socio-economic development of Indonesia must be driven by the development of a knowledge-based society to improve the competitiveness of human capital and science-technology products,” Dr. Karnawati told the forum.

“Indonesia is a country of villages, thus mainstreaming the development of smart villages is a must to establish the resilience and sustainability of Indonesia,” she added.