HEALTH-I featured in WINNER conference 2021

For the second time since 2019, HEALTH-I was invited to present the project during the annual WINNER conference.

WINNER is an initiative by the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, Nuffic Neso, the Indonesian Academy of Young Scientists (ALMI), the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The aim of WINNER is to celebrate, strengthen and expand these collaborations. WINNER is a yearly recurring event, where researchers, education enthusiasts, policymakers, businesses, NGOs and societal stakeholders from Indonesia and the Netherlands are invited to present results from research, discuss how to strengthen the collaboration in research and education, identify mutual priorities, share best practices, and make new connections.

During the session for HEALTH-I, project manager Nikki Giron and tutor dr. Ary Savitri both spoke about, from the Dutch and Indonesian perspective respectively: outcomes of the project and the resulting impacts; lessons learned; including challenges that were encountered; and ways of moving forward, including possible future collaborations. Anke van Mil, project manager representing HEALTH-I partner Elevate, spoke about the benefits of and the lessons learned from blended learning and the teach-the-teacher component of HEALTH-I.

The session included a Q&A with the audience, who asked questions about the challenges that came with online education in Indonesia due to the infrastructure required, and also about the significance of blended learning in light of the COVID19 pandemic. This was followed by a panel discussion, with input from the audience, about the importance of sustainable collaboration and equitable partnership. The audience felt that having a common goal, mutual respect, commitment and mutual interest, and cultural diversity were all important characteristics of sustainable and equitable collaborations. The audience also gave their ideas on how to further promote international collaborations: multicentre research; internship/work placement/training through student exchanges; social media; exploiting online education between institutions worldwide; and adapting projects from other countries for implementation at the home country.

All in all, it was a successful session for HEALTH-I!

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