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Hawis Madduppa: “The scholarship gave my career a major boost”

Name: Dr Hawis Madduppa
Lives in
: Bogor, Indonesia
Country of origin
: Indonesia
Period in Germany
: October 2008 to March 2012, Bremen
Educational and research institution:
 University of Bremen
Occupation: 
Marine scientist and Head of a Marine Biodiversity and Biosystemactics Lab at Bogor AgriculturalUniversity in Indonesia

His doctoral studies at Bremen University focused on the clown anemonefish – the little fish with a big screen presence. Four years on, former DAAD scholarship holder Dr Hawis Madduppa is Head of the Marine Biodiversity and Biosystematics Laboratory at Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia. Since obtaining his PhD in Bremen with support from the DAAD, he has made a name for himself as a specialist in biodiversity research and marine conservation.

Dr Madduppa, for your PhD at the University of Bremen, you studied the clown anemonefish, immortalised in the film “Finding Nemo”. What made you choose to study this particular Indonesian species so far from your home country?

Hawis Madduppa: I chose the University of Bremen because it enabled me to explore a range of new techniques in molecular genetics with supervision from experts and using leading-edge technology. For my research, I went on diving expeditions around Indonesia’s coral reefs to capture clown anemonefish. I removed tiny skin samples from their tail fins and then released the fish back into the wild. I took the samples back to Bremen for analysis.

Today, you are active in numerous marine conservation organisations in Indonesia, including a whale shark project. You are also an advisor to a fishing organisation which aims to establish a sustainable prawn fishery. What was the purpose of your doctoral studies on the clown anemonefish?

Hawis Madduppa: The clown anemonefish is one of the most popular fish in the aquarium trade – and live captures have increased since the film was released. I used genetic analysis to determine whether the anemonefish populations migrate or stay in one place. I found that it is generally the latter, which means that the species is at risk of being completely eradicated by ornamental fishery in some areas – in fact, this has already happened in some cases. The situation is acute around some of the coral islands where fishing is especially intensive.

Before your stay in Germany, you had never lived abroad before. How did the experience change you?

Hawis Madduppa: Actually, it changed my image of Germany. In my mind’s eye, I had imagined an industrialised, heavily built-up landscape. But now I know that it has beautiful countryside. And I really came to appreciate the excellent public transport system. As for my scientific work, I learned how to set up and lead a research group and how to produce a paper for successful publication. I also built up a very good network of contacts, which is extremely important. As the head of a laboratory, I maintain very close links with Germany and have now established a good relationship with the University of California as well. These contacts are very useful in ensuring that I keep up with the latest technological and theoretical developments in my field of expertise.

Since returning to Indonesia, you have built up a reputation as one of the country’s leading marine conservation experts. Could you tell us a little about your work over the past four years?

Hawis Madduppa: What is important is that I was able to set up my own molecular genetics laboratory. When I arrived at Bogor University, I was provided with an empty space. So I had the freedom, but also the obligation, to set up a laboratory of my own from scratch. I started off with loaned equipment and, over time, gradually built up a stock of equipment of our own. Our university had never had a laboratory of this type before. In fact, we are one of the very few laboratories in Indonesia to conduct genetic research on marine biodiversity and population shifts in marine organisms as a contribution to the conservation of species richness. For example, we study manta rays, corals and nudibranchs – a kind of brightly coloured sea slug.

To what extent is your work important for marine conservation in Indonesia?

Hawis Madduppa: Indonesia is one of the world’s most species-rich marine regions. It has more than 600 coral species and the highest diversity of reef fish in the world. An estimated 90 per cent of the coral reefs are currently at risk to a greater or lesser extent. So we have a lot of work to do. Our aim is to study these habitats before they are destroyed.

Would you say that the time you spent in Germany laid the foundations for your work in Indonesia?

Hawis Madduppa: Not only that. I also particularly value the DAAD’s work with its alumni and the support it provides for former scholarship holders. In Indonesia, we alumni work in a wide range of fields but we maintain close links with one other. Last year, I won a DAAD alumni award, which enabled me to host a national alumni meeting here in Bogor. All this has helped me to make a name for myself as a researcher and raise my profile. And last but not least, I also appreciate the DAAD’s generosity in providing me with an annual grant to purchase specialist literature, keeping me at the leading edge in my field.

At 37, you already head up a lab and a team of 65 staff. To what extent do you encourage your team members to engage with the international scientific community?

Hawis Madduppa: I have established very good partnerships with universities in other countries, which means that I can send students to other laboratories on a regular basis. This gives them valuable experience and enables them to work with technologies which I don’t have available here in Indonesia at present. I encourage my staff to apply for DAAD scholarships as well. To this day, I am proud to have had that opportunity. The scholarship undoubtedly gave my career a major boost.

This article was originally published on DAAD.de.

(c) Tim Schröder / Societäts-Medien, DAAD aktuell

The First Falling Walls Lab in Indonesia

 

Liana Christiani, with her theme of “Fuel Cell Cost”, and Dian Prayogi Susanto, who presented her idea on “Precision Agriculture”, will compete with representatives from 49 other countries in Berlin for the final event of Falling Walls Lab science slam on November 8, 2016.

 

 

Both Ms. Christiani and Ms. Susanto came out on top following an exhaustive selection process that pitted 122 scholars from various backgrounds from all across the Indonesian archipelago. They include young professionals, Bachelor’s and Master’s students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and even entrepreneurs. As a side note, Indonesia was the country with the second highest participants compared to other participating countries.

 

The selection process, which lasted from July to September 2016, ended with a short list of 30 potential finalists. They were all then summoned for a one-day, head-to-head competition at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Each contestant had a maximum of 3 minutes and 3 slides to present their ideas and innovations.

 

After being declared winners for this leg of competition, both Ms. Christiani and Ms. Susanto will be flown to Berlin to compete with the other finalists from 49 other countries. They will also get a chance to take part in the Falling Walls Conference, which is set to be a prestigious gathering of top minds from around the world, and a visit to the German Research Foundation.

 

Falling Walls Lab Jakarta is an international-level, multi-discipline science competition held by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschedienst). This event, the first-ever held globally, is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is conducted in Indonesia with the support of the University of Indonesia.

 

“We are looking for young Indonesian scientists who have groundbreaking and innovative ideas that could solve the various problems the world is facing today,” said Irene Jansen, Director of the DAAD Regional Office Jakarta.

2nd SHARE National Workshop on the Impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Learning Outcomes on Higher Education in ASEAN, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 19-20 July 2016.

 

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Kingdom of Cambodia SHARE conducted the second in a series of ten national workshops on the “Impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Learning Outcomes on Higher Education”, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. More than 70 academics, university managers and high-level education officials followed the invitation and discussed how to further implement the Cambodian Qualifications Framework and how to align the national system with the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework.

 

The frameworks, which are being implemented at the national and regional level across ASEAN, aim at making learning pathways more transparent through the use of learning outcomes at all levels of education. The workshop in Cambodia focused on the impact of a Learning Outcomes-based approach, in particular on higher education providers.

 

and implementing learning outcomes will be an ongoing process that also aims at aligning education provision with society’s needs. With its inputs the workshop provided concrete advice for the revision of curricula; discussions e.g. with stakeholders stressed the need for their continued involvement in the process of designing frameworks and writing learning outcomes,; linking up with the industry sector will help to enhance employability of students.

 

The discussions throughout the two days have shown that such a reform is a shared responsibility; policies would have to incentivise quality outcomes; universities would need to spend their own resources on revising curricula. Throughout the two days the participants discussed how to tackle challenges and how to coordinate efforts in the best possible way.

 

A concise summary report of the workshop’s discussions will be written and published in due course. 

 

 

The 1st SHARE National Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, 4-5 May 2016

 

 
 
The 1st SHARE National Workshop in Kuala Lumpur is ON. In cooperation with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, this 2-day workshop focused on the "Impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Learning Outcomes on Higher Education in ASEAN". This workshop aims at raising awareness and facilitating a better understanding on the state of development of National Qualifications Frameworks and ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) among the higher education community. We are pleased that panelists and participants who are attending the workshop come from various background, be it relevant government agencies, industry and student representatives, quality agency agencies, and higher education institutions. We will keep you updated with lots of pictures of the workshop!
 

DAAD Science Talks, 28 April 2016

 

 

DAAD Science Talks in the German Embassy Jakarta. Dr. Signe Preuschoft, Head of Competence Centre Apes, Vier Pfoten, Austria, spoke about „Family Matters - of Orangutans and Humans“.

 

The newly elected scholarship holders from the DAAD Annual Scholarship Program and the IGSP Program were invited as special guests and received their awards (right).

 
 

DAAD Alumni Meeting in Bali Welcomes the Marine Scientists of Indonesia-German Research Collaboration

 

 
 
DAAD Regional Office Jakarta arranged a dinner in Bali on Tuesday, 19 January 2016, for alumni together with participants of the final conference of SPICE Program (Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems), a bilateral research initiative that was developed by Indonesian and German scientists as well as Indonesian alumni of German universities. The Director of DAAD Regional Office Jakarta, Dr. Irene Jansen, opened the dinner with a presentation about DAAD, while the head of SPICE program, Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, spoke about the SPICE Program. More than 80 guests attended this event from both Indonesian and German universities and institutions, such as:
 
Indonesian universities/institutions 
 IPB (Bogor Agricultural University) 
 ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology) 
 LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences) 
 Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Republic Indonesia 
 Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar 
 Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, Purwokerto 
 Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Bali
 Universitas Riau
 Universitas Udayana, Bali
 
German universities/institutions
 BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
 German Embassy
 Universität Bremen
 Universität Kiel
 Universität Rostock
 ZMT Bremen

European Higher Education Fair 2015 in Indonesia

 
Just like the previous year, the European Higher Education Fair 2015 was held in three different cities in Indonesia: in Jakarta, in Yogyakarta, and in Bali. Eleven German universities participated. They were kept busy all day long. There were more than 10.000 visitors in Jakarta, 7.200 visitors in Yogyakarta, and 1.500 visitors in Bali. A day before the event took place, three universities conducted a webinar hosted by the DAAD Regional Office Jakarta. The German institutions, universities, and consortium that took part in the EHEF 2015 were: Baden-Württemberg International, DAAD, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Goethe-Institut, University of Applied Sciences Wismar, Maritime Research and Training Centre Flensburg, Nuremberg Institute of Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Applied Sciences Rhein-Waal, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, and Technical University Ilmenau.
 
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The Inaugural SHARE Policy Dialogue in Jakarta

 

The inaugural Policy Dialogue was held in 24-25 August 2015 hosted by the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Under the theme “Enhancing Connectivity and Comparability in ASEAN Higher Education”, it has brought more than 130 participants from both ASEAN and Europe, including senior national ASEAN policymakers in higher education, leading representatives of regional organizations, relevant donor agencies, and academics and students from universities across the region. Over the two days, the event featured keynote plenaries with distinguished speakers from government and regional bodies, interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussions featuring higher education experts from across Asia and Europe, a networking dinner, breakout tracks debating Quality Assurance, Qualification Frameworks and the fostering of student mobility, concluding with a plenary on collective perspectives around challenges and future tasks. Universities and student representatives played a key role on the discussion of ASEAN perspective and expectations. Donors and International organizations also have the opportunity to contribute considerably on mapping existing regional initiatives and projects on harmonising ASEAN higher education. The outcomes of this Policy Dialogue will help the SHARE Consortium to position this project in the best way within the existing Higher Education landscape in  Southeast Asia and bring the unique expertise Europe has gained through the Bologna process in the past 15 years for the benefit of ASEAN. The pictures during the Policy Dialogue can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/british_council_indonesia/albums/72157657632576696
 

   
 

In April 2015, the World Report journalists interviewed the Director of DAAD Regional Office Jakarta, Dr. Irene Jansen.
  • Please click here to read the interview with Dr. Irene Jansen
  • Pleaseclick here to read the article about DAAD in Indonesia
  • Please click here to read the DAAD’s company profile

 

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