Letter from ITB
October 2020


Your opinions count. It is worth to give a try.

Dear colleagues,
This is the alpha version of the soon to launch “Letter from ITB” prepared by a collaborative work of ITB PR Directorate and WCU team. The idea behind this letter is for ITB leader to maintain communication and update on ITB achievement related to innovation, research, and other relevant activities to the international academic community. Still, there are many rooms for improvements, in which we are keen to receive inputs from your side. The distribution is hence limited to close sphere within ITB management. The next trial version will be released in one month from now. These trials shall facilitate the growth of learning curve among the

development team prior to the distribution to ITB counterparts and network. The official version will be launched around early December 2020 along with the formal speech of ITB rector. We again hope to receive comments from your side and look forward to making a significant improvement.

Yours sincerely,
FNU Poerbandono

ITB Membrane Technology Innovation Receives Award

        BANDUNG, itb.ac.id— Prof. I Gede WentenS.Sc., Ph.D., received an award from the 2020 Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) for the Science category through his research on membrane technology in the Faculty of Industrial Technology (FTI), Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). 

The award was presented to Prof. Wenten for inventing the IGW Emergency Pump. This pump is equipped with a filter to provide clean water in an emergency, and the operation of this pump does not require the use of electric power. 

The award was presented at the high point of the BPIP awards ceremony, which was broadcast live on National TVRI and on the BPIP YouTube channel on Saturday, August 29, 2020. BPIP awarded 75 icons of appreciation for achievements in Pancasila 2020. According to a press statement received by ITB Public Relations, this award is given to people for achievements and innovations that are beneficial to society, the nation and the state, as well as the international world. The appreciation is divided into five categories: sports, arts, culture, science, innovation, social entrepreneurship and interfaith activities. 

The five criteria in the selection of the Pancasila Achievement icons include being Indonesian citizens; having a track record of being positive, accomplished, and inspiring; being recognized by the domestic and international community for achievements; having a positive impact on society through actions and work; and providing inspiration for the preservation of the environment. 

Prof. I Gede Wenten is a professor at FTI ITB who is involved in Chemical Engineering Process Design and Development Research Group. Now he is the Vice Rector Chancellor for Innovation and Research at ITB for the period 2020-2025

ITB Wins Gold Medal for 2020 Science National Competition

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          BANDUNG, itb.ac.id– The ITB representative student team won several medals at the 2020 National Mathematics and Natural Sciences Competition (KN-MIPA). The virtual event, organized by the National Achievement Center (Puspresnas) of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, was held on September 10, 2020. 

In the competition, ITB won 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals, in 4 scientific categoriesMathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This also puts ITB in 1st place for the 2020 KN-MIPA medal. 

The medal winners included Hudzaifah Alif Al Fatih Nasution, Muhamad Farhan Husain, Muhamad Morteza Mudrick, Ricky Linarto, I Putu Prakasa Wiprayoga, Alfred Patisenah, Muhamad Alif AqshaAkeyla Pradia Naufal, Bakuh Danang Setyo Budi, Ridwan Rizki Surgawan, and Stefanus 

One of the ITB students who won the KN-MIPA 2020 gold medal in the Mathematics field, Muhamad Alif Aqsha, said that in the Mathematics field each question was given a score of 0 to 10. A score of 10 was possible if all of the questions were answered correctly. Alif was one of the students who got the second highest score, so he was able to take home the gold medal. 

“This competition tests participants on the topics of real analysis, complex analysis, linear algebra, algebraic structures, and combinatorics with the problems that are arguably not routine problems like in lectures. Even in this competition, I tried to solve each of the math problems in each of the topics. There were 5 questions that were done in 4 hours,” explained Alif. 

He admitted that, even though he competed in the midst of a pandemic and the competition was conducted virtually, it did not reduce his enthusiasm to compete because for him, the thing that is no less important than this pandemic is how he can remain productive, even from home. 

For this impressive achievement, Director of the Directorate of Student Affairs (Ditmawa) ITB. Dr. G. Prasetyo Adhitama S.Sn., M.Sn. expressed his gratitude to the achievements of ITB students this year. He also expressed his gratitude to all participants, especially students and supervisors who worked so hard to prepare for participation in KN-MIPA 2020. 

According to Dr. G Prasetyo, this achievement is proof that students understand well the importance of the learning process which includes curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities. “This certainly makes us all proud. Hopefully this achievement can inspire and motivate other ITB students to achieve more. Moreover, this kind of competition is an important part of competency development, “said Prasetyo. 

ITB Alumni Create Porous Paving Blocks to Prevent Floods

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         BANDUNG, itb.ac.id– Floods often occur in Indonesia. One of the reasons for the flooding is the reduction in water catchment areas due to construction processes that use water-resistant materials. These materials prevent rainwater from being absorbed into the soil, resulting in runoff and flooding. 

In an effort to solve this problem, 2013 ITB Physics Engineering alumnus, Anisa Azizah, together with her team and under the guidance of Prof. Bambang Sunendar, Ph.D., succeeded in creating porous paving blocks that can absorb water. The paving blocks that they have developed can be penetrated by water as much as 1000 mm / day and retain high strength through the help of chemicals. These paving blocks have a strength of from K-200 to K-350, or equivalent to class B or A paving blocks. 

Seeing the potential benefits of these products, Anisa and her team successfully commercialized paving blocks that were previously only laboratory products through a startup called Tech Prom Lab with the product called PoreBlok. This product is available in 10 locations in Bandung, Sumedang and Tangerang and can be used for housing, dwellings and school yards. In the process of manufacturing its products, Tech Prom Lab also collaborates with local paving block manufacturers through the transfer of technology to several factories in Tasikmalaya and Tangerang. 

For the funding process, Tech Prom Lab has successfully received a grant from a Japanese company, Leave a Nest, and the local government of Ota-City in Tokyo, which then collaborated with a local company, Seki Ironworks, in the design and manufacture of a gravel solter for the PoreBlock production process. This gravel solter machine is semi-automatic and can filter the aggregate into 4 sizes, which can be used both in the manufacture of PoreBlock and other building material products. 

The machine resulting from this collaboration has been successfully developed and was exhibited at the 9th Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, after which it was sent to Tasikmalaya, Indonesia on September 11, 2020. “This aggregate filtering machine is expected to improve the quality and quantity of PoreBlock production because so far, the filtering has been done manually, so it takes a long time to get the required sizes,” added Anisa. 

The Tech Prom Lab has had many achievements since its inception. Among them are being the Grand Winner of GSI 2018, Grand Winner of Tech Planter Indonesia 2019, Grand Winner of Tech Planter World Communication 2020, and Grand Winner of Tech Planter Southeast Asia. It is also participating in the UNDP X 500 Startups Impact Aim Project.  

Despite their many achievements, Anisa and her team are certainly not free of problems and challenges in developing the Tech Prom Lab. In addition to common problems such as team development, operation management, funding and the different backgrounds of the team, Anisa said that lack of experience was also an obstacle in developing this product. The founders of the Tech Prom Lab are fresh graduates from ITB, both with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and do not have experience or connections in the construction industry, so it is harder for us to enter this ecosystem,” said Anisa.  

Even with the many challenges and obstacles, Anisa and her friends have succeeded in developing innovative products that are useful and not harmful to the environment. When met by ITB Reporter, Anisa gave this message about the importance of collaboration from the idea stage to implementation: We believe our goal to help solve the flooding problem cannot be done alone. We need assistance and collaboration from various parties so that our positive efforts can have a broad impact. 

Dean of SBM-ITB Wins Award at the Indonesia Marketeers Festival 2020, West Java

BANDUNG, itb.ac.id— In the West Java Indonesia Marketeers Festival 2020, the Dean of the School of Business and Management (SBM) -ITB Prof. Dr. Ir. Utomo Sarjono Putro M.Eng. was named the West Java Industry Marketing Champion in the category of educational services. 

The Indonesia Marketeers Festival is a grand festival in the field of marketing organized by the Markplus Institute and held in six main cities in Indonesia, with a unique and innovative concept. For West Java, the Indonesia Marketeers Festival was held on Saturday (19/09/2020) virtually. 

In his speech, Hermawan Kartajaya, as founder and chairman of Markplus Inc., said that this election had gone through a selection process from the top management team of Markplus, public figures, and the media. 

The award ceremony was also attended by the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, who said that the activity was aimed at appreciating extraordinary people in terms of marketing as well as being an inspiration for others. “One of our goals is to appreciate extraordinary people in order to inspire, because this marketing skill is very much needed,” he said. 

Prof. Dr. Ir. Utomo Sarjono Putro, M.Eng. added that this award could motivate SBM-ITB to continue to improve the main tasks of the university three main activities (Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi) by enhancing internal and external marketing. 

In supporting internal and external marketing, SBM-ITB has implemented  many programs that aim to improve the quality of SBM-ITB, both from the inside and from the outside, so that it provides quality services to students and has an impact on the surrounding environment. Some of these programs include implementing the Quality Assurance function, optimizing the functions of Public Relations, and actively participating in maximizing the digital platform. 

The implementation of the Quality Assurance function aims to provide maximum service. The Quality Assurance process involves students who give feedback about the services provided by SBM to improve the teaching and learning processes. 

“Besides doing quality assurance of learning, we also provide career services, improve the quality of lecturers, and improve learning facilities, among others,” added Utomo. 

In addition, SBM-ITB seeks to optimize the role of public relations and establish relationships with various stakeholders such as alumni, industries, and the media. Not only that, SBM-ITB, in optimizing its external marketing, also implements effective marketing communications by utilizing digital platforms such as social media and by actively sharing inspiring content such as podcasts on YouTube and SBM-ITB’s Spotify. 

Finally, Utomo Sarjono Putro hopes that this award will lead to an increase in the role of higher education in providing a positive impact on the government, companies and society. “Hopefully the award of West Java 2020 Industry Marketing Champion for the educations service sector will increase the importance of higher education institutions with superior services so that they can have an impact on the government, companies and society,” he said. 

ITB Accepts 369 Prospective International Class Students


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BANDUNG, itb.ac.id– The results of the 2020 Institut Teknologi Bandung International Class Selection (ITB International Undergraduate Program), Batch 4, were announced on Friday, September 4, 2020,at 05.00 WIB. The announcement can be seen on the main page at https://usm.itb.ac.id/international-program. In 2020, the ITB International Undergraduate Program accepted 369 students who passed the selection from a total of 777 registered participants. The graduates were accepted in six  studyacademic programs at ITB, namely Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Management. 

Based on data from the ITB Directorate of Education, of the 369 ITB International Undergraduate Program participants who were accepted at ITB, three of them were foreign participants (Malaysia, India, Japan), and 44 of them were Indonesian citizens who came from schools abroad. Of the  participants who passed the ITB International Undergraduate Program, 56.1% were male and 43.9% were female. 

Re-registration for participants of ITB International Undergraduate Program Batch 4 who had passed the selection started on September 5, 2020 and ended on September 9, 2020. Information regarding the implementation of re-registration for prospective ITB International Undergraduate Program Batch 4 graduate students in 2020 can be found on the web page https://usm.itb.ac.id/international-program . 

ITB Astronomy Research Group Holds Summer School on Galaxies and Cosmology 2020

BANDUNG, itb.ac.id—The Astronomy Research Group, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) held a summer school with the theme of galaxy and cosmology at the beginning of Semester 1 of the 2020-2021 Academic year. This summer school course was named Summer School on Galaxies and Cosmology 2020 – Deciphering Dark Matter: From Galaxies to the Universe (hereinafter referred to as SSGC2020). 

This event was held online from 14-25 September, 2020 because of the Indonesia is still experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The instructors at SSGC2020 came fromare inside and outside the countrylocal and international academics. In total there were seventeen lecturersfive of whom were from the ITB Astronomy Research Group, who are astronomers doing research on various aspects in the field relating to dark matter, which was the theme in this SSGC2020. 

Of the 158 applicants, 107 were selected as participants. Of these participants, 45 came from Indonesia (17 from ITB and 28 from outside ITB), and 62 came from abroad (Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burma, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Turkey). In the SSGC2020 activity, apart from lectures and workshops that the attendees participated in, there were also two lectures that were open to the public. 

SSGC2020 began with remarks from the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Anton T. Jaelani. In his speech, Dr. Anton T. Jaelani expressed his appreciation for the committee’s performance, participant participation, invitations, instructors, and reminded us to maintain good health practices because the SSGC2020 event is busy every day. 

The SSGC2020 activity was opened directly by the Dean of FMIPA ITB, Wahyu Srigutomo, Ph. D. He said that the aim of the SSGC2020 is not only the transfer of knowledge in related fields, but also to inspire the younger generation to study astronomy and physics and be involved in front-line research related to the field of cosmology.
* Dean of FMIPA, Wahyu SrigutomoPh.D
He also expressed his appreciation for the hard work of the committee from the Astronomy Research Group, which made SSGC2020 possible. Wahyu Srigutomo, Ph. D. also expressed his gratitude to the teachers and attendees for their participation. He hopes that in addition to increasing their knowledge, the participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate in future research. 

Public Lecture from Experts
SSGC2020 was filled with a series of public lectures. The first public lecture was given by Prof. Joel R. Primack, Ph. D. (UC Santa Cruz, USA) with the a title of “Our Current Understanding of the Physical Universe”. As the closing activity for the series of SSGC2020, Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu (Max Planck Institute für Astrophysik, Germany) delivered the second public lecture entitled “The New Quests for Physics of the Early Universe”. 

Both lectures are open to the public and can be accessed by the public through the official YouTube channel of the ITB Astronomy Study Program. For those who cannot are not able to join directly (live streaming), the video recordings of these two public lectures will be available on the official YouTube channel of the ITB Astronomy Study Program. 

SSGC2020 is intended for final-level undergraduate students, masters-level students, and entry-level doctoral students. Thus, it was hoped that they actively participate in the SSGC2020 activities of the SSGC2020. For ten days from September 14-25, 2020 (not on theexcluding weekend), participants received material lectures from astrophysicists related to dark matter. Activities in the form of lectures in class (33 total hours in 22 meetings), 4 workshop meetings providing attendees with data processing experience to further strengthen their understanding of course material (8 total hours), 1 sharing session about NASA (1.5 hours), 2 public lectures (3 total hours), and 2 participant presentations on the last day of SSGC2020 (3 total hours). The total time for all the activities in the SSGC was 48.5 hours.  

To be more effectiveFor effectiveness, the workshops were conducted in small groups, and were limited to only 42 participants. Participants who were selected to take part in workshop were given the opportunity to register as temporary ITB students (during the workshop) by registering through usm.itb.ac.id and uploading the required requirements by the directorate of non-regular education. They were given academic transcripts of scores equivalent to elective courses in the Extragalactic Undergraduate Study Program and Capita Selecta Galaxy Cosmology Masters Astronomy.

27 ITB Student Business Groups Receive Funding from ITB Student Enterpreneurship Program 2020

BANDUNG, Ditmawa ITB – A total of 27 ITB student business groups have successfully secured funding in the Student Entrepreneurial Program (PMW) X Technopreneurship Orientation Program (TOP) or PMW X TOP ITB 2020.  

A total of 123 business groups were proposed for this programand then the proposal and pitching selections were carried out, in which 27 business groups passed and were entitled to receive funding from the PMW X TOP ITB 2020 program. The groups were divided into several business categories, including technology. environment and ICT, health and beauty technology, services and social programs, ICT, food, fashion and creative design,” said the Head of the Sub-Directorate of Professional Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate of Student Affairs (Ditmawa) ITB, Sonny Rustiadi SE, MBA, PhD, CBAP at the virtual opening of the PMW X TOP ITB 2020 event on September 5, 2020. 

Sonny went on to say that when implementing this annual program his party cooperates with the ITB Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (LPIK) so that the workshops can be more specific in developing the business categories of each group. There are two types of businesses that are funded, namely Start Ups, in which new students want to run a business, and Scale Ups, in which students want to continue developing a business they are currently running.  

Meanwhile, the Director of Ditmawa ITB Dr. G. Prasetyo Adhitama M.Sn said that entrepreneurship is considered to have value as community service because it can open new jobs for the wider community. He added that this is one of the main performances for universities, not only within the country, but leading universities abroad also try to motivate their students to have an entrepreneurial spirit in implementing their respective knowledge.  

In 2021, the government plans to establish entrepreneurship centers in Higher Education more systematically, and one of is the centers used as a model for the development of the program is at ITB. This is a great opportunity for ITB students to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, said Prasetyo. 

ITB and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Extend MoU in Education

BANDUNG, itb.ac.id – Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) extended their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of education on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 online via Webex. The MoU was signed by the Rector of ITB, Prof. Reini Wirahadikusumah, and Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar. 

In his speech, Prof. Wahid Omar said that this was the third time ITB and UTM held an MoU. The previous MoUs were signed in 2010, 2015, and 2020. In general, the MoU between ITB and UTM was carried out in the education sector, which included education and research, training, and faculty lecturer/student exchanges, and also shared scientific material. “Indonesia and Malaysia have been cooperating in the field of education for a very long time. I am happy that today we are updating the Memorandum of Understanding, the implementation of which has been seen from the many ITB lecturers who are conducting postgraduate studies at UTM,” said Prof. Wahid Omar. 

In its implementation, collaboration between ITB and UTM can be developed through programs such as curriculum development and joint research and development, giving priority to each university to continue postgraduate studies, and lecturer/student exchange activities such as study tours, joint projects, and various kinds of seminars. 

ITB Rector Prof. Reini said that ITB and UTM have the same scope of knowledge in the engineering field. Reini admits that UTM is doing better in the international field, because UTM has 4,000 foreign students. 

“ITB has less capacity for international students, because ITB is a destination for local students who always get the highest scores. But we also believe we should increase the diversity of students from abroad to enrich the academic atmosphere. So, we would be very happy to set up student exchanges from UTM”, explained Prof. Reini. 

Dr.rer.natRino Rakhmata Mukti added that in the future, cooperation could be achieved by conducting joint KKN, and also collaboration in the research field with 34 research centers at ITB. 

The MoU ceremony was closed with a virtual group photo event.

ITB SDGs Network, ITB's Efforts to Accelerate the Achievement of SDGs in Indonesia

BANDUNG, itb.ac.id – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were first agreed upon in 2015 by countries that are members of the United Nations (UN). The agreement was implemented at the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), which was held in New York in September 2015. Indonesia was one of the 193 countries present and agreed with a document containing 17 points and 169 goals for sustainable development. The title of the document in use at that time was Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, better known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

SDGs were basically a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in effect from 2000 to 2015. In general, the SDGs provide development goals, targets and indicators, and they have become a benchmark for every country to carry out sustainable development, namely by balancing economic, social, and economic aspects with the environment. The document is valid for a period of fifteen years, from 2015-2030, which means that there are still ten years left for the SDGs. The SDGs not only emphasize the roles of developed countries, but also those of developing and less developed countries. All countries have the same obligation to carry out responsible and sustainable development in accordance with the agreed documents. 

ITB, as one of the higher education institutions in Indonesia, realizes that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not only the government’s obligation but the obligation of all parties, including universities. With this awareness, in January 2019 the ITB SDGs Network was formed and was inaugurated by the Minister of National Development Planning (PPN) / Bappenas. 

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the ITB SDGs Network held the first Webinar Series through Zoom and broadcast live on the STKSR-Symphosis 2020 Organizer Committee YouTube channel. The ITB SDGs Network presented five speakers: the Head of SDGs Netwok ITB Dr. Tirto Prakoso, M.Eng.; ITB Regional and Rural Planning KK Lecturer Teti Armiati Argo, MES; Ph.D., Lecturer at Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science ITB Research Group Dr. Eng. Anjar Dimara Sakti, M.Sc.; Head of SDGs National Secretariat Amalia Adininggar WidyasantiMSiM.Eng, Ph.D.; and President Director of Clean Power Indonesia Jaya Wahono. The event was moderated by the Secretary General of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Indonesia Maria Dian Nurani, ST, MSi, and was opened by Dr. Tirto Prakoso, M.Eng. followed by the singing of the national anthem, “Indonesia Raya”. 

The ITB SDGs Network 

Head of the ITB SDGs Network Dr. Tirto Prakoso, M.Eng., stated that the basic rationale for the importance of SDGs Network in ITB is because ITB is a higher education institution that is said to have a mastery of engineering sciences, so it plays a very important role in the achievement of SDGs. In addition, so far there has been no SDGs center in Indonesia that has implemented innovative technology products. Most of the products of the existing SDGs centers fall within the scope of policy and community planning. 

“With the establishment of this center, ITB hopes to help accelerate the achievement of SDGs in Indonesia, especially in terms of innovation and technology implementation. Based on Times Higher Education data in 2019, ITB has the potential to become a reference center for Indonesia and the world by focusing on ITB’s potential in the field of innovation and climate change,” he said. 

On this occasion, Tirto also said that the ITB SDGs Network itself emphasizes seven goals of SDGs, namely SDG 2, SDG 4, SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 11, and SDG 17. There are many different activities carried out by the ITB SDGs Network itself. The Network acts as a facilitator for the latest ideas from alumni and ITB academicians so that Network can be implemented with the SDGs scheme in Indonesia, help ITB academics fund the implementation of research results with the theme of green technology in Indonesia, provide collaboration space between stakeholders, and verify technology that is has been implemented abroad to suit the conditions in Indonesia, among others. 


Prerequisites for Achieving the SDGs 

Vice Rector for Finance, Planning and Development Ir. Muhamad Abduh, MT., Ph.D., also gave speech. In it he stated that many people have heard the term SDGs, but maybe they don’t really interpreted it correctly, so that it is only considered a thing of the past. “This is maybe [what] we have to keep in mind, what SDGs mean and how far we have reached,” said Abduh. 

According to Ir. AbduhSDGs is a big term and requires a lot of time, so it requires collaboration between various stakeholders to achieve it. The objectives of the SDGs, which are the main focus of ITB, must be related to the relevance of ITB with the SDGs itself. Abduh emphasized that in order to achieve the SDGs there are three prerequisites that must be met. The three prerequisites are technology, innovation and value system. 

Technology is a tool that can be used to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. ITB has an advantages in this field because ITB can play a role from the technological side to achieve the SDGs. In addition to technology, achieving SDGs also requires institutions engaged in the SDGs sector, followed by collaborating and synchronizing. In addition, there must be a value system in which the community must view sustainable life as a value that must be understood, interpreted, and applied in everyday life. One simple example is the habit of always throwing out the trash in the smallest trash can. This value system should be introduced at a young age so that the values ​​of a sustainable life are strongly embedded in each individual. 

ITB and National Museum of Japanese History Establish MoU in the Field of Digital Humanities

BANDUNG, itb.ac.idInstitut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Museum of Japanese History (NMJH). The MoU for the three years of cooperation was signed by the Rector of ITB, Prof. Reini Wirahadikusumah, Ph.D., and Director General of the Museum, Prof. Masaru Nishitani, separately on 18 August 2020. 

This collaboration aims to build a relationship between the two institutions and open up various opportunities for ITB academicians. Meanwhile, the forms of cooperation include: 

Research exchange for students, faculty members and staff; 

Collaboration of research, conferences, workshops, and publications in the realm of digital humanities, databases, and the application of digital data in educational practice; 

Participation in seminars and academic meetings; 

Development of a digital museum for modern and traditional Indonesian artifacts; 

Exchange of information and scientific publications. 

The museum, known as Rekihaku, houses 200,000 important artifacts related to Japanese history and cultural values. Located in Sakura, Chiba, Japan, the museum was founded in 1981 as an inter-university research consortium and was opened in 1983. The museum’s collection focuses on the history, archeology and folk culture of Japan. 

* Signed by the Director General of the National Museum of Japanese History. 

Head of the Design Ethnography Laboratory and the Human and Industrial Product Design Research Group, Meirina Triharini, Ph.D., said the main objective of this collaboration was to develop a new scope related to digital humanities through the creation of a database of cultural artifacts, including three-dimensional digital data as well as an online platform for data dissemination. 

“Furthermore, the development of digital data is projected to be used for educational purposes, such as design studies. It is also hoped that the public can gain open access to data on cultural artifacts,” he said.