The Rector of Hasanuddin University, Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA, welcomed the delegation from Monash University Australia, on Monday (2/3/2020). The visit, which took place in the Rector's Office on the 8th Floor of the Unhas Rectorate Building, was to discuss the collaboration between Unhas and Monash University within the framework of the RISE (Revitalizing Informal Settlements and their Environment) program.
Prof. Rebekah Brown (Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost Research), Dr. Brett Davis (Deputy Program Manager), and Kirsten Emes (Director for Research Strategy) led The Monash University delegation.
Unhas is a part of the RISE collaboration global Program involving dozens of world-class universities and institutions, such as Stanford University, Emory University, University of Cambridge, Water Aid, Oxfam, and World Health Organization (WHO).
The Rector of Unhas and the Vice-rector for Research, Innovation, and Partnership (Prof. Dr. Muh. Nasrum Masi, Ph.D.) warmly welcomed the arrival of Monash University delegation.
In the discussion, Prof. Brown reported on the progress of the RISE Program and discussed some of the further steps and support expected from Unhas.
"We want to get help from the Rector to be able to bring several samples of living things that are currently in the laboratory of Unhas. To take them abroad, we need legal documents," said Prof. Brown.
Besides the issue of moving samples, Prof. Brown also submitted a request related to the ethical statement issued by Unhas. Unhas usually gives an ethics statement every year. This process was somewhat troublesome.
"So, if possible, we expect that the statement of ethics can be applicable for every five years, so researchers do not need always to submit new applications every year," said Prof. Brown.
The Rector of Unhas stated that Unhas was ready to support the need for the transfer of research samples. Unhas has experience in the arrangement with overseas partners.
"Of course, a Material Transfer Agreement document is needed to be able to bring research samples outside of Indonesia. We will help communicate with related parties for that matter," said Prof. Dwia.
For the statement of research ethics, Prof. Dwia promised to coordinate with related parties, in this case, the Ethics Council. During this time, the ethics statement was given for a one-year duration, but for the second submission for the same research, the procedure was much more manageable.
After the discussion, Prof. Rebekah Brown and Prof. Muh. Nasrum Massi, signed the follow-up document on research cooperation within the framework of the RISE program, witnessed by the Rector of Hasanuddin University, Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA. (*)
Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR
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