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Diskusi 17 Agustus 2010

August 18, 2010 webmaster 0

G una menyambut HUT ke-65 kemerdekaan Indonesia, sekitar 80 mahasiswa Indonesia di Kota Groningen dan para diplomat dari Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia (KBRI) di Kerajaan […]

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Jender dan Kinerja Perusahaan

September 14, 2006 webmaster 0

Palmira P Bachtiar

Era globalisasi yang serba kompetitif menuntut dunia usaha memberi lebih banyak ruang bagi perempuan untuk berkarya. Pasar tenaga kerja, khususnya di kota-kota besar, makin diramaikan partisipasi perempuan.

Perempuan mulai mengejar ketinggalan, terbukti dari meningkatnya sarjana perempuan, khususnya dalam bidang ekonomi, bisnis, dan manajemen. Bukan itu saja, perempuan juga sudah menjadi konsumen utama berbagai produk konsumtif. Produk yang dulu hanya dikonsumsi laki-laki (motor, mobil) dan produk investasi (rumah, apartemen) sekarang dapat dibeli perempuan.

Jadi, perempuan adalah aset perusahaan sekaligus pangsa pasar yang diincar. Pertanyaan mendasar, apakah perusahaan memberi kesempatan perempuan meniti kariernya sampai ke puncak tertinggi? Dapatkah mereka duduk di jajaran pengambil keputusan seperti direksi dan komisaris?

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Lagi, Pertumbuhan dan Kemiskinan

August 28, 2006 webmaster 0

Harry Seldadyo

Diskusi lama tentang pertumbuhan dan kemiskinan dikuak kembali. Ini bermula dari pidato kenegaraan Presiden Yudhoyono di DPR tanggal 16 Agustus lalu yang menyebut penurunan kemiskinan dari 23,4 persen (1999) menjadi 16 persen (2005).

Kepada pers, Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla juga menegaskan kemiskinan pasti turun jika pertumbuhan semakin baik (Kompas, 19/8/2006). Namun, sejumlah pengamat meragukannya. Pasalnya, 16 persen bukanlah angka terbaru pascakenaikan harga BBM. Selain itu, angka pembanding lain, yaitu penerima BLT dan raskin, justru menunjukkan bahwa kemiskinan tak menyusut. Jadi, pertumbuhan 5-6 persen belakangan ini tak punya dampak serius bagi penciutan angka kemiskinan.

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Jatropha oil: A promising, clean alternative energy

August 15, 2006 webmaster 0

The Jakarta Post, 4 July 2006
by Yuli Tri Suwarni

Discovering an affordable and cleaner burning alternative energy source has long been the dream of industrial chemical engineer Robert Manurung.

Inspired by the difficulty of finding firewood in his hometown in North Sumatra, the 50-year-old native of North Tapanuli set out to find a cheaper energy source.

In the next six months, the Bandung Institute of Technology expert just might realize his dream. Oil produced by the castor-oil plant, known locally as pohon jarak (Jatropha curcas L), which Manurung has been studying for sometime, will on a trial basis replace diesel oil to generate electricity in East Nusa Tenggara.

His discovery, called Jatropha oil, was greeted with pessimism by several colleagues at the institute, some of whom said “it was nothing new”.

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Robert Manurung: Inventor of renewable green fuel

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Jakarta Post, August 06, 2006
T. Sima Gunawan, Contributor, Jakarta

There is good news and bad news about research development in Indonesia. First, the bad news is that Indonesia often lags behind other countries. And now, the good news: An Indonesian researcher has applied pure jatropha oil as an alternative bio-diesel fuel.

The oil, which is produced from castor oil plants or Jatropha curcas, locally known as jarak pagar, is environmentally friendly and cheaper than fossil fuel, thanks to the hard work of Robert Manurung and his team at the Biotechnology Research Center, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

“In research development, we are lagging behind other countries because we are often more content to follow rather than to become a leader or innovator,” lamented Manurung, 52.

While other scientists use methanol in processing jatropha oil, Manurung was determined to transform the oil into diesel fuel without adding any additional substance — and he succeeded.