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Developer of new Indonesian capital to work together with Leiden-Delft-Erasmus

Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN), which is in charge of developing Indonesia’s new capital city entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities on 18 March on knowledge sharing and joint research.

The collaboration will focus on five questions relating to the development of the new Indonesian capital Nusantara. Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities will be involved in scientific and educational programmes such as workshops, conferences and thesis labs on urban planning, smart cities, sustainable water and waste management, intelligent transport systems, resilient and inclusive communities, climate mitigation, urban biodiversity and botanical gardens.

Relocation of the capital

The future capital will be realised on the east coast of the island of Borneo. At around 256,142 hectares, Nusantara is almost four times as large as Jakarta, and its territorial waters are 68,189 hectares. The capital is being relocated because Jakarta is overcrowded, which causes huge problems. Nusantara National Capital Authority (NNCA) has been commissioned to prepare, develop and relocate the national capital to Nusantara.

The MoU was signed by the Head of Nusantara Capital Authority, Bambang Susantono, and the Dean of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities, Wim van den Doel.

Van den Doel stressed the importance of Indonesia to achieving the global development agenda: ‘Developing a new capital, poised to become the epitome of innovation as the world’s most pioneering forest city, is nothing short of visionary. As we join hands with the Nusantara Capital Authority, we recognise Indonesia’s pivotal role in addressing pressing global challenges. From pioneering advancements in green economy to advancing healthcare and urban planning, Indonesia’s contributions have the potential to resonate far beyond its borders.’

Strategic alliance

The collaboration was hugely important, said Bambang Susantono. ‘Our strategic alliance with Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities will sail into a future of innovation and progress. And more importantly, we are confident that our future collaborative research and knowledge sharing programme can open wider paths for Indonesia to become a high-income nation by 2045, putting Nusantara at the core of this journey.’

Source: LDE

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