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    Urban Partnership Melting Pot: UPJ and Humboldt Kolleg partner to solve urban problems

    Universitas Pembangunan Jaya (UPJ) wants to continue the tradition of excellence in the field of Urban Studies through an activity entitled Urban Partnership Melting Pot. This activity will take place virtually from January 17-22, 2022.

    The Urban Partnership Melting Pot is part of UPJ’s collaboration with Humboldt Kolleg, which aims to strengthen regional professional cooperation networks among alumni (Humboldtians). This melting pot will also introduce and increase the interest and enthusiasm of young researchers towards the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) program. This foundation puts forward the vision of collaboration between countries with Germany as a research location.

    Humboldt Kolleg activities are initiated by alumni (Humboldtians) or their associations. AvH supported the Humboldtians financially. Humboldt Kolleg has been held in various countries outside of Germany (United States, France, Italy, Poland, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, China, India, and others).

    The participants are alumni of the AvH program and young researchers who have made fundamental contributions to the development of science. Thus, Humboldt Kolleg has become an essential instrument in gathering the best young researchers, a generation of potential leaders in science and technology, and other fields in Germany and even around the world.

    It is appropriate that UPJ’s activities in collaboration with Humboldtians are called “melting pots,” not only from researchers, speakers, and participants from various countries; the theme of Urban Studies is also a broad theme that spreads from different fields of science. This is in line with UPJ’s efforts to mainstream Urban Studies.

    UPJ has a Center for Urban Studies (CUS), which seeks to answer the challenges of urban planning needs and the comprehensive problems of urban residents. The five main fields that become the derivative clusters of Urban Studies at CUS UPJ are Urban Growth, Urban Culture, Urban Development, Urban and the Future, and Urban Society.

    In 2017, Humboldt Kolleg at UPJ took the theme “The Rise of ASEAN and Strategic Partnership in Understanding the Complexity and Collective Phenomena in Emergent Societies.” The activity in 2017 was also a collaboration between UPJ and the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education.

    City planning, Architecture and infrastructure, Urban Health and Society, Environmental risks in Urban and Regional Development, and Strategic partnership in Urban Research were the five main topics at the meeting.

    With this track record of activities, UPJ has again become the facilitator of this meeting related to Urban Studies and has shown its total commitment to developing urban studies in Indonesia.

    Through the Urban Partnership Melting Pot, the university invites researchers, writers, and the media to be able to join in contributing thoughts and creative ideas through the focus of the theme: Urban Growth Pattern, transformation, and resilience; Urban Mobility and Internet of Things; and Social, health, education, environment, and economic development.