Jakarta – Energy is no longer seen as a commodity, but rather as a major driving force for economic growth. As a developing country with stable economic growth, Indonesia significantly maintains and balances its national energy security. For this reason, the Indonesian government faces challenges in the form of increasing energy supply on an ongoing basis.
Seeing national energy security as a strategic issue that needs to be discussed, the Indonesian Chancellor Forum (FRI) held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) discussing the role of universities in supporting Indonesia’s energy security on 16 February 2019 at Pertamina University Campus, Simprug, Jakarta.
This Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was attended by the Honorary Board, the Advisory Council, the Daily Management, and Members of the FRI, as well as the Pertamina University academic community presented a number of speakers namely Ir. Heru Setiawan, MBA, Director of Planning, Investment and Risk Management of PT Pertamina (Persero); Dr. Ir. Dwi Soetjipto, MM, Head of SKK MIGAS represented by Sukandar, Deputy Head of SKK MIGAS; Ir. Rida Mulyana, M.Sc, Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources was represented by Ir. Ida Nuryatin Finahari, M.Eng, Director of Geothermal Energy; Dr. Ir. Saleh Abdurrahman, M.Sc, Secretary General of the National Energy Board of the Republic of Indonesia; Dr. Ir. Surya Darma, MBA, Chair of the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society; and Prof. Dr. Ir. Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia.
Sukandar, Deputy Head of SKK MIGAS who presented regarding the role and strategy of oil and gas development in maintaining and enhancing national energy security in behalf of Dr. Ir. Dwi Soetjipto, MM, Head of SKK MIGAS, stated that SKK MIGAS had taken a number of strategic steps in order to maximize Indonesian resources, including the role of in research development, in collaboration with universities or research institutions, encouraging the growth of domestic supporting industries, community empowerment as well as building the national human resource capacity. “The success of SKK MIGAS is not limited to how big the contribution of oil and gas is to the state revenue and the increase of national oil and gas reserves, but also improving the ability of national human resources, in which will encourage competitiveness amongst national companies, not only in the domestic market, but also in the entire world, “said the Head of SKK Oil and Gas, Dr. Ir. Dwi Soetjipto, MM.
In line with the statement made by the Head of SKK Oil and Gas, Prof. Akhmaloka, Ph.D, Rector of Pertamina University also said that the triple helix synergy was a strength for the government, universities, and industry in realizing energy security. “Pertamina University as an energy-based university not only develops the competencies of students and educators in the energy sector but also cooperates with the government and industry in conducting research and development of energy security which is the leading national strategic research.”
Strengthening the discussion about the role of universities in energy security, Prof. Dr. Ir. Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha, Vice Chancellor of the National Energy University (UNITEN) conveyed the role of UNITEN in supporting energy security in Malaysia, including making a road map in producing experts for the energy industry to achieve Malaysian energy security
Furthermore Budi W. Soetjipto, Ph.D., Vice Rector of Pertamina University in the Field of Research, Development and Cooperation, emphasized the importance of partnerships between universities, including with foreign universities, in developing the competencies of students and educators through various studies in the oil and gas sector and new and renewable energy to create optimal knowledge exchange and synergy.