Following the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between Syiah Kuala University and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France, in May 2017, one of the immediate implementations is the mobility and research programs between the two universities.
As the Indonesian Center of Excellence of Tsunami Disaster Mitigation, Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Syiah Kuala University had started its initial research collaboration with the Laboratoire de Geographie Physique – UMR8591 (LGP) CNRS at Meudon-Bellevue campus of the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. The joint-research is aiming at establishing a platform for sharing data and expertise from both sides, since both institutes have been conducting research on tsunami impact to the coastal areas since early after the tsunami event of December 2004.
As the first step, the collaboration initiative was started by submitting a joint-proposal for mobility and research called NUSANTARA Program, a bilateral platform of Indonesia-French research cooperation initiative. For the French part, the mobility program had been successfully carried out in their 1st phase of visit in July – August 2017, during which the Director of LGP-CNRS, Prof. Dr. Franck Lavigne, together with two French student-researchers visited TDMRC for research collaboration initiative.
By RISTEKDIKTI, the Indonesian part of NUSANTARA scheme was later diverted into another national highly competitive mobility and exchange program called “Scheme for Academic Mobility and Exchange” (SAME) Program, which is open for applications from all universities in Indonesia.
Out of nearly 70 applicants from many universities in Indonesia, a research associate of TDMRC, Dr. Ella Meilianda, is one among the 25 awardees who are invited for a research stay at the hosting partner institutes/universities all over the world through the SAME (Regular) Program in 2017.
She is currently a visiting scholar on sabbatical leave for 3 months in LGP-CNRS to work on joint-publication in the reputable international journal papers and to continue refining the research collaboration initiative together with the host partner.