In view of their shared interests, Indonesia and the Netherlands have formally agreed on a framework for scientific cooperation that will lead to mutual benefits through the Scientific Programme Indonesia – Netherlands.
The policy framework for the Scientific Programme Indonesia - Netherlands is defined by three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The first was concluded between the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science and the Indonesian Ministers of Research and Technology (Ristek) and of National Education (1992). The second was signed by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science and the Indonesian Minister of Research and Technology (2002) and the third was signed by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2014).
The MoU signed in 2002 reconfirmed the long-standing tradition of scientific cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. It describes the policy contours of scientific cooperation, based on equality and mutual benefits. It also establishes a Joint Working Committee for Scientific Research Cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Dignitaries about the SPIN programme
Wouter Plomp (deputy Ambassador in Jakarta): On behalf of the Dutch Government, the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta is fully supportive of the SPIN programme, and offers moral support in finding new sources of funding after 2017.
Hans Clevers (KNAW): I have seen the SPIN programme in action during the Makassar Open Science Meeting, and I am impressed by its scientific results. Surely there will be a way to continue the SPIN programme after 2017.
Sangkot Marzuki (Indonesian Academy of Sciences): Although the amount of financial support in the SPIN programme is relatively modest, the level of scientific quality is extremely high. There is currently no programme in Indonesia that fosters scientific collaboration on the high level SPIN is doing. Both our Academies are now the driving forces of this scientific cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. This MoU is a substantial one and will boost the scientific cooperation between our two countries.