Southeast Asian university conference on climate change

Ten leading Indonesian universities have joined the Southeast Asian university conference on climate change here from December 11 to 13, a spokesman said.

The participating higher institutions were the University of Indonesia (UI), the University of North Sumatra (USU), the Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and Hasanuddin University (Unhas).

Furthermore, there were the Jakarta State University (UNJ), Yogyakarta State University (UNY), Makassar State University (UNM), Brawijaya State University (Unibraw), and Unhalu also taking part, A. Ilham Makhmud said on Sunday.

A.Ilham Makhmud, executive secretary of the Indonesian State University President Council, was quoted by Unhas` spokesman, Dahlan Abubakar, as saying that the meeting was held at the Vietnam National University campus in Hanoi.

The chosen academicians of the participating universities focused their presentations on the central theme of “the role of universities in smart response to climate change”, he said.

The Hanoi meeting was organized by the Association of Southeast Asian of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) institutions and the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, he said.

Dahlan Abubakar said a total of 50 research reports of the participating universities and noted think thanks around the world were presented at the three-day meeting.

At least 200 academicians from such countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Myanmar attended the the Hanoi meeting, he said.

The participating researchers and academicians focused their talks on such issues as Quality Human Resources Development, Development of Scientific Culture, University Community Collaboration, Responsible Global Citizenship and Research Training Collaboration for Smart Response to Climate Change.

The conference itself was also attended by representatives of some university associations, including the Council of University President of Thailand, Prof Dr Presart Suebka, Secretary General of CRISU and Council of Rectors of Indonesian State University, Prof Dr Idrus A. Paturusi.

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