Nieuws - 30 september 2010

Indonesian president to visit Forum

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia will be in Wageningen next Friday.

Since Indonesia has been increasing investments in education and research, Wageningen UR and Indonesia want to cooperate more with each other. As such, a memorandum of understanding will be signed here next week with the Bogor Agricultural University.
PhD students
The president will be informed about Dutch-Indonesian research projects by PhD students stationed at five stands in the Forum. Three of these are Wageningen projects: prawn farming in mangrove areas, Javanese animal breeding and improvement of Solanaceae crops in Indonesia, such as tomatoes and chillies.
The president will also be addressed by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Wageningen executives Aalt Dijkhuizen and Martin Kropff.
The president will be accompanied by others. His entourage will include his wife, the ambassador, Princess Margriet, Pieter van Vollehoven, the Dutch and the Indonesian agriculture ministers.
The visit to Wageningen is part of the state visit of Yudhoyono and his wife to the Netherlands. The visit has been in the news lately because of statements made by Indonesian ambassador Junus Effendi Habibie. Interviewed by the newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, Habibie was reported to have said that those who voted for Wilders might be suffering from "fear psychosis". Criticisms from Dutch politicians have prompted Habibie to retract his words.