On 1 July, IMT Atlantique welcomed a delegation from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), one of the most prestigious Indonesian universities. ITS is active in a number of IT fields (data science, networks, etc.) and shares with IMT Atlantique an interest in digital and environmental transformation, innovation, and more recently in infrastructure and maritime cybersecurity.
During this visit, the signing of an agreement between Prof. Dr. Ir. Adi Soeprijanto, Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, and Christophe Lerouge, President of IMT Atlantique, officially recognized the common will of the two institutions to develop their collaboration.
Indonesia, the only Southeast Asian country to be a member of the G20, is committed to strengthening the training of its elite forces and to providing quality higher education. It is a notable partner of IMT Atlantique: its 7th partner in Asia in terms of co-publications, joint research projects, co-supervision of theses, hosting of Indonesian students on PhDs offered by the school, etc.
The relations are part of the FICEM consortium (French-Indonesian Consortium for Engineering and Management) created in March 2015 and coordinated by IMT Atlantique. It brings together 10 universities in Indonesia, including ITS, one of the 4 best universities in the country (with Universitas Indonesia-UI, Universitas Gadjah Mada-UGM, and I' Institut Teknologi Bangung-ITB) and 9 institutions of the Institut Mines-Telecom. Under the aegis of FICEM, several forums between deans took place in France and Indonesia on the occasion of the Franco-Indonesian cooperation meetings, a mechanism set up by the authorities to promote scientific and academic cooperation between the two countries. Three Indonesian FICEM institutions have also been members of the European EASTEM programme, of which IMT Atlantique is also a partner, and which aims to build capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of Industry 4.0. The creation of the consortium has also been accompanied by the signing of double degree agreements that favour Indonesian mobility on IMT Atlantique's Masters of Science programmes, from which ITS intends to benefit in the future. This mobility is greatly facilitated by an international mobility programme of credits from the European Erasmus programme and leads to a remarkable balance in student exchanges between the two countries.
ITS delegation visit strengthens collaboration
The visit to the Nantes campus allowed the ITS delegation to discover the IMT Atlantique incubator and its teaching and research departments in automation, production and information technology (DAPI) and energy systems and environment (DSEE). This visit was an opportunity to extend the discussions started in Surabaya in May 2022 and during the 12th Joint Working Group (12th JWG2022) France-Indonesia on Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in Valenciennes on 28 and 29 June last, in particular with regard to environmental engineering and green energy.
Composed of 17,000 islands, with a junction between the Indian and Pacific oceans that opens a passageway between the Indian and Chinese worlds, Indonesia's geographical position explains its concern to increase its maritime security and develop the cybersecurity of its sensitive infrastructures. Yvon Kermarrec, coordinator of the Cyberdefence of Naval Systems Chair( Research Consortium), was invited to a high-level Franco-Indonesian dialogue on maritime issues and met with the French ambassador to Indonesia and the Indonesian minister of maritime affairs. This enabled IMT Atlantique to position its expertise in the field of maritime cybersecurity. To advance further, exchanges took place with the Indonesian Defence University. These meetings show that all the necessary ingredients are present to establish a strong partnership with the country on training and research in maritime cybersecurity.
IMT Atlantique's Indonesian focus will continue on 8 July with a visit from Universitas Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta, and with exchanges between the SUBATECH laboratory and the Indonesian National Research Agency (BRIN) in the field of nuclear engineering.
by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT