In the first week of April a delegation from the Faculty of Science of Leiden University visited four universities and the Bogor botanical garden in Indonesia. The visit was quite successful and led to tangible agreements with all universities on the exchange of students and staff, as well as on collaboration in research.
The delegation travelled through West Java to visit Bandung, Bogor and Jakarta. The delegation consisted of the Executive Dean of the Faculty, Drs. G.J. van Helden LL.M.MPA, Prof. dr. L.J. Slikkerveer, Chair Leiden Ethnosystems and Development Programme; Prof. dr. H.P. Spaink, Chair of the Institute Biology Leiden; Dr. P.J.A. Kessler, Director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden; Prof. dr. ir. H.H. de Iongh, Head of the Department Conservation Biology and Dr. B.A. Reith of the Ethnosystems and Development Programme.
They visited the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta, the Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, and also the Bogor Agricultural University and the Bogor Botanical Gardens of the Indonesian Institute of Science.
The dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Universitas Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Abdul Haris and the Executive Dean of the Leiden Science Faculty drs. G.J. van Helden signed a Student and Scholar Exchange Agreement in Jakarta. The agreement formalizes the existing ties, and also opens new venues for cooperation. The delegation met with representatives from the Mathematics department, Prof. dr. Alhadi Bustamam, as well as the Chemistry department: Prof. dr. Endang Saepudin, Prof. dr. Usman Sumo Friend Tambunan, Dr. Ridla Bakri and Dr. Budiawan. Meetings with the Biology department took place as well, with Prof Dr. Ariyanti Oetari, Dr. Noverita Dian Takarina and Prof. Dr. Noviar Andayani. Lastly, the delegation met Dr. Agus Salam of the Physics department. The delegation also met with UI board members, the Vice Dean of Human Resources, Venture and Adm., Dr. Rokhmatuloh, Head of Training and Education Dr. Asep Saefumillah and Biodiversity officer Dr. Arief Hamidi. In these meetings it became clear quite quickly that there is potential for cooperation in the areas of bioinformatics, biodiversity, taxonomy, ethnobotany, conservation genetics, metabolomics and toxicology. It is expected that in a few months the first staff and student exchanges can take place.
source : http://science.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/english/newsitem/faculty_of_science_delegation_visits_indonesia/