Friday (18/2) – Diponegoro University (UNDIP), Semarang held a collaboration with RS Kanker Dharmais (Cancer Hospital), Jakarta which was inaugurated by the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cancer Research and Development with Robotics. Undip was represented by the Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M. Hum. and RS Kanker Dharmais was represented by its President Director, dr. R. Soeko W. Nindito D., MARS.

In the Memorandum of Understanding Signing event which was held online through the Zoom meeting platform, the presented guests included Director of Planning, Organization and General Affairs; Plt. Director of Human Resources, Education and Research; Chairman of the Medical Committee; Chief of Medical Surgical Oncology Staff; Training Coordinator; Coordinator of Law, Organization and Public Relations; Consultant Surgical Oncology Specialist (dr. Bayu Brahma, Sp.B (K) Onk); Chairman of Undip Board of Trustees; Chairman of Undip Academic Senate; Undip Vice Rectors; Dean of Faculty of Engineering Undip; Undip researcher and lecturer (Dr. Rifky Ismail, S.T., M.T.); along with the board of directors and invited guests.

Cooperation in the implementation of the Research and Development of Cancer Surgery with Robotics program between Undip and RS Kanker Dharmais aimed to develop cancer health services that are effective, efficient, and prioritizing patient health. The cooperation programs that will be implemented include support and facilitation for cancer researchers, capacity building of resources in the development of cancer health services, as well as the development of partnership networks in supporting cancer health services. All cooperation programs included in the Memorandum of Understanding between Undip and RS Kanker Dharmais are valid for five years starting from the date of signing and ratification on February 18, 2022 to February 17, 2027.

Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M. Hum. expressed his gratitude for the cooperation established with RS Kanker Dharmais. Prof. Yos stated that the work program contained in collaboration with various institutions including health institutions to carry out research was in line with Undip’s vision as an Excellent Research University.

Undip is listed as the university with the 1st rank of applicants for Intellectual Property Rights (HAKI) nationally in 2019 and several research results have been successfully streamlined into products that can be used by the public. “The most important thing is education and research, hopefully it can create good synergy with RS Kanker Dharmais. Hopefully the programs from the research results can be useful for both parties and be useful for the welfare of Indonesia,” said Prof. Yos in his short speech.

In line with the statement of Undip Rector, the President Director of RS Kanker Dharmais, dr. R. Soeko W. Nindito D., MARS. Also expressed his gratitude for the cooperation on Cancer Research and Development with Robotics. dr. R. Soeko said that Dharmais Cancer Hospital is one of 100 cancer service hospitals in Indonesia that collaborates with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to provide comprehensive cancer services.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to reduce the number of cancer cases. As a cancer service center in Indonesia, we aim to serve the entire community. With the latest medical facilities and using robotic technology, hopefully we won’t be completely dependent on foreign countries because Indonesia is already able to handle cancer cases,” said dr. R. Soeko. He hoped that other specialists can also take advantage of robotic technology so that they can jointly establish a healthy and strong Indonesia. (Titis – Public Relations)