Improving Readiness to Face Pandemic Threats, UB Receives a Grant from the European Union

Vice Rector for Planning and Cooperation UB while Receiving H.E Vincent Piket as the Ambassador of the European Union for Indonesia at UB Hospital

Universitas Brawijaya through universitas Brawijaya Hospital (RSUB) received a grant from the European Union. The grant worth 4.98 million Euros or the equivalent of 81 billion rupiahs will be used for the construction of research laboratories and services for infectious diseases such as isolation rooms, emergency care and outpatient care at RSUB. This was conveyed by Prof.Dr.Ir. Moch. Sasmito Djati, MS as Vice Rector for Planning and Cooperation Universitas Brawijaya when accompanying the European Union Ambassador, H.E. Vincent Picket at RSUB and at the Rectorate Building of Universitas Brawijaya, Wednesday (1/2/2023).

In his explanation, Sasmito said that beside receiving a grant from the European Union, UB also received a soft loan from KfW as a representative from the German government worth 37 million euros or around six hundred billion rupiahs. “Specially, this grant budget will be used to support research on infectious diseases at Universitas Brawijaya and RSUB”, he explained.

Explanation of RSUB development plan

This program itself, according to Sasmito, was signed last year. “In the beginning it was for Covid-19, but we believe that Covid itself is just one of many types of infectious diseases. So it is still important for us to carry out further research, “he explained. “This is also an important opportunity for the development of our hospital and can be put to good use,” he added.

The visit of the European Union Ambassador to RSUB is to see how the development of the implementation of the cooperation between UB and EU which is also channeled through KfW. “I am here to see how cooperation develops and contribute to the Indonesian government in order to improve health and education infrastructure, as well as to prepare for the possibility of a future pandemic,” explained Vincent.

“This grant itself is a unique program. Because this is a collaboration between the European Union and the Indonesian government, and we are proud to be able to contribute to Universitas Brawijaya,” he added.

Dr. dr. Viera Wardhani, M.Kes, Project Coordinator for Universitas Brawijaya Hospital

According to Dr. dr. Viera Wardhani, M.Kes as Project Coordinator for Universitas Brawijaya Hospital, this program is not only to build health facilities, but also to support the academic process at Universitas Brawijaya. “In each area of RSUB, it is planned that there will be learning rooms and medical technology that will allow student service and learning functions to continue without putting patient rights aside. So that services to patients are still carried out in a professional manner but do not rule out educational goals, “he explained.

Not only for RSUB, this program also includes the fulfillment of medical equipment at the Oral and Dental Hospital belonging to the Faculty of Dentistry. “Currently in the process of completing 4 floors, the hope is that by the end of this year it will be finished and the equipment can be fulfilled immediately,” concluded Viera. (VQ/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)