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Netherlands Alumni discuss solutions to water problems in Jakarta

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Indonesian economic indicators continue to rise while the state capital getting down. One of the biggest challenges for protecting the population of Jakarta is an increased risk of flooding. Expert knowledge is required to solve the water problem in the capital city of Indonesia. Alumni Indonesian and Dutch Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) met at Erasmus Huis Jakarta to share experiences and ideas. The event was organized by the alumni of the TU Delft for Indonesia in cooperation with Nuffic Neso Indonesia.

National Program for Development of Integrated Coastal Capital
The northern part of Jakarta is expected to drop up to 5 meters below sea level in 2050 and 7 meters in 2080. Programme National Integrated Coastal Development Capital (NCICD) provides an integrated approach to address these challenges. Flood protection, sanitation and clean water, improved connectivity and sustainable community development, including the development of the coastal metropolitan areas; Key condition for continued sustainable economic development of the capital city of Indonesia. Information NCICD activities can be further seen through www.ncicd.com

Discussion experts
At the time of the seminar two engineers from Dutch companies based in Jakarta, Ad Sannen (Royal Haskoning DHV) and Sawarendro (Witteveen + Bos), presented the master plan and project organization NCICD in front of more than sixty alumni of Delft. After the seminar participants to share their vision and expertise based on professional experience and knowledge gained during their studies in the Netherlands. There is a debate on issues such as sustainability and feasibility of the project, and of course the possible impact on the project with the upcoming presidential election elections. The experts concluded that the project completion NCICD will be an important next step in the further development of Jakarta.

Holland Alumni in Indonesia
Nuffic Neso Indonesia in cooperation with IKANED (Association of Family & Alumni Nederland) maintains Holland Alumni network in Indonesia. Mervin Bakker, Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia said: “I am pleased to see that the alumni of Indonesia and the Netherlands came together to share their expertise. Netherlands has a lot of specialized knowledge in water management in the corporate sector and in higher education. It would be great if the alumni can join and use the knowledge gained at TU Delft, Netherlands and other universities to contribute to improving the situation in Jakarta. ”

TU Delft Alumni Chapter
Since 2014 Indonesia has TU Delft alumnus official chapter. This chapter consists of alumni of the TU Delft, faculty or former faculty, staff member or former staff or students of senior and led by a Board consisting of four alumni of the TU Delft for the base Jakarta (Hadrijanto Satyanegara, Kuntjoro Pinardi, Leonie Moniaga and Inoek Brouwer). The purpose of this Chapter is to strengthen the relationship between TU Delft engineer who studied in Delft and is now living in Indonesia.

Nuffic Neso Indonesia
Nuffic Neso Indonesia is a non-profit organization that is officially designated and funded by the Dutch government to deal with various matters relating to the Dutch higher education. Nuffic Neso Indonesia is representative, the Netherlands Organization for international cooperation in the field of higher education. Neso Indonesia provides information as well as provide consultation free of charge on more than 2,100 courses are given in English. Neso Indonesia also initiates and facilitates cooperation between higher education institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands. Together with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia, every year Neso Indonesia offers scholarships to approximately 250 Indonesian citizens in the form of a master’s program and training.

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