Griffith University Rector Professor, Ian O'Connor, and Indonesian President's Special Envoy on Climate Change, Professor Rachmat Witoelar, recently launched a collaborative program on climate change at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. A statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney received by Antara News Agency on Saturday, June 16th mentioned that the launching ceremony was attended by the Consul General of RI in Sydney, Heru Subolo. This collaborative program has been developed by the Griffith Asia Institute under the leadership of Professor Caitlin Byrne as the director of the institute.
This three-year program includes four main activities, namely high-level dialogue; joint research; research support, mentoring, and capacity building; and student mobility. Prof. Byne remarked at the launch that the program is a reflection of Griffith University's commitment to establishing close relations with Indonesia through a strategic and mutually beneficial program, especially in the areas of sustainable development and climate change.
Meanwhile, Prof. Witoelar, in his keynote speech, expressed high appreciation to Griffith University, and underlined the importance of the collaborative program. He believes that this program will positively contribute to bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Australia. Also, it will contribute to regional cooperation, in particular, to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals and implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change," Witoelar revealed. Following the launch of the program, Griffith University will build partnerships with relevant institutions in Indonesia. (Antara 17.06.2018 Rezha)