Washington, DC., (09/24/2020).
KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara) or “We talk” is a serial-webinar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA through the Attaché for Education and Culture.
The 5th series of KIBAR webinar was chaired by Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attaché, and invited a number of veterinary lecturers and students to explain about the Veterinary Medicine in this series. The first presentation was delivered by Prof. Kyoungjin J. Yoon, DVM., MS., Ph.D., DACVM from the Veterinary Medical Research Institute, Iowa State University.
Prof. Yoon started his presentation by introducing Iowa and then introducing the campus. Iowa State University was said to highly uphold science and technology because those two fields are the concentration of this university. The campus also has Veterinary Preventive Medicine which is considered to hold the key to carrying out a number of missions related to science.
The second presentation was delivered by Ms. Jillian Collins, Director of Sponsored Student Programs-International Center, Missouri University, Columbia. Similar to Prof. Yoon, Ms. Collins also shared her campus profile. There were many things that Collins introduced such as the learning system, learning facilities, supports for international students, campus funding, to tips for getting into Missouri University. Ms. Collins also emphasized that the campus is a research campus that can conduct 250 million researches each year.
The discussion was followed by the presentation of drh. Sherly Ramandey, master student at Public Health-VPH, University of Missouri-Columbia. Ms. Ramandey presented the concept of One Health as well as discussing rabies in animals which frequently happens. As an awardee of the LPDP scholarship, Sherly also conveyed her contribution plan to her home area in Nabire, Papua, namely 1) studying zoonoses using the One Health approach, 2) monitoring and supplying food in Papua, and 3) participating if there are diseases that arise due to natural disasters in Papua while supporting tourist areas in Papua.
Not only Sherly, Maria Goreti Gania who is a master candidate in the Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine program, Iowa State University also spoke according to her capacity as a veterinary student. Ms. Gania explained about the urgency of research in the field of veterinary medicine in Indonesia, especially in her home region, East Nusa Tenggara. This is because NTT is known as a supplier of livestock to all parts of Indonesia. For this reason, Maria developed a new PCR method that can detect the Swine pox virus and Pan-pox virus. Maria also plans to develop a PCR method for African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in pork products.
The 5th KIBAR webinar ended with a presentation from Prof. Dr. Ir. Mukh. Arifin, M.Sc., Rector of Tidar University, Magelang. Prof. Arifin delivered a presentation by emphasizing three things, namely 1) the urgency of veterinary study and the animal husbandry industry in Indonesia, 2) the profile of higher education in the veterinary field in Indonesia, and 3) an overview of human resources, lecturers, students, and the obstacles in universities. Prof. Arifin also revealed the potential for cooperation between Indonesia and the United States in the field of veterinary education.