Kemenrisetdikti Expects Higher Education to Utilize IdREN

[unpad.ac.id, 27/9/2019] Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education RI through the Director-General of Learning and Student Affairs encouraged every university to use and become part of an online network of learning and research collaboration through the Indonesian Education Research Network (IdREN).

This was conveyed by the Head of the Special Learning Sub Directorate of the Director-General of Belmawa Kemenristekdikti Uwes Anis Chaeruman in the “Seminar on Optimizing the Use of the IdREN Network in Supporting Learning in the Industrial Age 4.0” at Graha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Dipati Ukur Street No. 35, Bandung, Friday (9/27).

Explained by Uwes, IdREN is a learning and research network that connects universities in Indonesia through the intranet system using Virtual Private Network (VPN). Not only connecting universities in Indonesia, but IdREN also connects with the Research and Education Network (REN) globally.

“The existence of IdREN is a necessity in Indonesia, where we will connect 4,700 universities throughout Indonesia,” said Uwes.

Through IdREN, it is hoped that there will be an exchange of information around learning material, research, up until doing collaborations between academics. This process is certainly done through an exclusive system that is connected to an intranet network.

This exclusive system is also supported by adequate network infrastructure. At present, the Directorate General of Belmawa Dikti has established cooperation with four internet providers. Through this cooperation, said Uwes, each provider provides 10% of the total bandwidth capacity in tertiary institutions for VPN IdREN lines.

Although it is targeted to operate optimally in 2020, she prepared a number of interesting activity plans at IdREN so that it can attract academicians to use the network.

“We will provide Synchronous Tele Learning service, Sepda Indonesia access, connection to global education and research, to content developers and digital learning models based on Open Educational Resources,” said Uwes.

Acting Rector of Unpad Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M. SIE., when opening the seminar explained that it is hoped that universities can utilize this network.

“If put in intensive use and the number of users is increasing, then there will be an impact on improving the quality of education and research in Indonesia,” said Prof. Rina.*

Reported by Arief Maulana

Translated by Agnes Johana Reysca

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