01 September 2016

    A session entitled ‘Universities and Cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation’ was held as part of the Russia–ASEAN University Forum, which is taking place in the margins of the Eastern Economic Forum.

    Moderated by Nantana Gajaseni, the Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network, the discussion identified the following key factors in fostering cooperation between Russian and ASEAN universities:

    – establishing collaboration, the need for face-to-face meetings and joint projects

    – building an atmosphere of trust

    – seeking out areas for cooperation and making the transition to practical activities

    – promoting common ideas, such as the protection and preservation of nature for future generations, i.e. progress should be focused on the future

    – ensuring regular communication between academics and manufacturers, achieving new results

    The speakers, including leading academics and university heads from across Russia and the ASEAN countries, provided case studies of joint university projects, and discussed how new research was being promoted and implemented in practice.

    Chusak Limsakul, the President of Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), put forward some options for cooperation between Russian and Thai universities in logistics, medicine, science, and technology, suggesting, among other things, the creation of science parks. He invited Russian professors to visit his university – one of the top five in Thailand – to assess the potential for cooperation.

    Oleg Shcheka, Deputy Vice President for Research and Innovations at the Far Eastern Federal University, listed some possible areas for university cooperation between ASEAN countries and Russia: nuclear research, medical technologies, technologies related to marine biology and biological resources, research and development in the oil and gas industry, shipbuilding and ship repair, and underwater robotics.

    Ilham Habibie, Chairman of the Institute for Democracy, Science, and Technology (Indonesia), discussed the demand for Russian products and innovations. Indonesia, which is spread over 17,000 islands, is in need of service industries such as logistics and cargo and goods delivery. Some islands are so small that they cannot support a full-length runway. There is therefore a demand for propeller-driven and amphibious aircraft. Russia has a thriving automotive industry, and Indonesia is keen to secure its latest designs and products. There is significant potential for long-term cooperation, both in terms of scientific research at universities, and in terms of manufacturing.