ITS Campus, ITS News – The Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS), which has long focused on marine research, continues to expand its cooperation with industry. ITS signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further develop this maritime technology with ExxonMobil Marine on Thursday (8/12).
In her remarks, Director of Global Aviation and Marine Lubricants of ExxonMobil Joanne Eu said the potential for the maritime industry in Indonesia is tremendous, especially since two-thirds of Indonesia’s territory is the sea. However, several challenges must be faced by the marine industry today. “Such as climate change which encourages the maritime industry to decarbonize and implement artificial intelligence,” he explained.
Joanne also revealed that collaboration between industry and colleges or universities is needed to face these challenges. ExxonMobil’s interest in ITS as a university that focuses on marine research has encouraged them to work together to develop technology in the maritime sector. “Universities are factories for innovation, and we from the industry can help develop these innovations so that they can be applied in industry,” he explained.
Responding to this, ITS Chancellor, Prof Dr. Ir Mochamad Ashari MEng IPU AEng, enthusiastically welcomed this collaboration. According to him, this collaboration is in line with the vision and mission of the ITS Faculty of Marine Technology (FTK) to be able to develop technology to realize sustainable marine development. “So, the hope is that it can support Indonesia to become the world’s maritime axis,” he added.
There are three points of cooperation between ITS and ExxonMobil Marine. First, joint exploration of technological development in the maritime sector, resulting in a transfer of knowledge between industry and academia. Second, ExxonMobil Marine wants to invest in developing class and laboratory facilities at the Department of Marine Engineering (DTSP) ITS. Third, curriculum development, such as internships, joint research, and DTSP research publications.
The Chancellor often called Ashari, also said that the Maritime Cluster ITS Science Techno Park (STP) also supports this collaboration considering that various innovations in the maritime field have been born by ITS. “We really appreciate this collaboration so that the innovations of the ITS academic community don’t just stop in the laboratory but can also be downstream and implemented directly in the industry,” he concluded.
The signing of the MoU, which took place at the DTSP Building, was also attended by the Director of Shipping and Maritime Affairs at the Directorate General of Sea Transportation Ahmad Wahid ST MT MMarE, Head of SKK Migas Jabanusa Nurwahidi, as well as several other leadership ranks from both ITS and ExxonMobil Marine. On the same occasion and place, ITS academics also held an innovation exhibition in the maritime field. (ITS Public Relations)
Reporter: Tyara Novia Andhin
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