November 21, 2017
The discussion was conducted with Dr. Riyanti Djalante, Academic Program Officer of the United Nations University – Institute for Advanced Study on Sustainability, in Tokyo, Japan on the campus of UNU IAS. Dr. Riyanti previously worked as a Humboldt Research Fellow at UNU EHS, Bonn Germany, which is one of ICIAR-LIPI’s main partners. UNU IAS is currently interested in working with Indonesia especially with LIPI and several other research institutes/universities. UNU IAS is a research institute and university under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) focused on research and recent studies related to sustainable development. Unlike the UNU EHS that can only provide postgraduate degrees (Masters), UNU IAS has Master and PhD program. There are several scholarships that can be accessed for higher education at this institution, for example, from several projects run by Rector Office, ADB Japan and other scholarships other than Mombukagusho. Through the selection panel of the UNU IAS, candidates with high qualifications can access higher education opportunities at UNU IAS, including their scholarships. In addition to the scholarship mechanism from Japan, UNU IAS also explore the possibility of cooperation with scholarship grant from Indonesia, for example, LPDP, Ristekdikti and so on. To be able to access the scholarship, UNU IAS can prepare a Provisional Acceptance Letter for its prospective students as required by a large number of scholarship providers. The opening of registration will commence on 1 December 2017. In relation to the scheme of ICIAR-LIPI, it is possible to explore the possibility of fieldwork/field research co-supervised by UNU IAS, Japanese supervisor/expert, and LIPI, with field research funding from LIPI following existing research programs, as well as student theses become part of the research.
The UNU IAS Program demands an intensive course for at least 3 months (from September to December), especially to ensure that it is streamlined with sustainability science issues as the UNU IAS is part of the UN agenda on advancing sustainability. After that, the student can continue the lecture. Dr. Riyanti will confirm the compulsory period in Japan related to its education program. The IAS UNU program includes monitoring of intensive studies. At least three progress reports are expected to be completed by students every three months while conducting field research. UNU IAS also provides Post Doctoral program opportunities related to the topic of adaptation and resilience.