Sep 21, 2012
President University organized an international seminar on 19th September 2012 at President University’s Auditorium, the 5th Floor of Campus A, Cikarang, Indonesia which started at 02.00 PM with the main theme “Two Emerging Powers: Brazil and Indonesia – Corporation and Partnership in the 21st Century”. In this rare opportunity, H.E. Mr. Paulo Alberto da Silveira Soares, the Ambassador of Brazil to Indonesia, became the keynote speaker.
During the seminar, the Ambassador emphasized on bio-refinery; shifting from fossil fuel to bio fuel, such as ethanol. Unlike oil (gasoline), ethanol is a biofuel made from renewable source of vegetal origin. It is most commonly used by the pharmaceutical industry, in products such as antiseptic compounds. However, with the increasing concern about the greenhouse effect and global warming, ethanol use a vehicular fuel has been gaining space the world over.
One of the pillars that supported ethanol production and use expansion in Brazil is the technology that is applied to sugarcane production. In effect, research carried out with new genetic varieties and new planting, harvesting, and processing techniques allowed the use of these natural resources and infrastructure to be optimized and, thus, increase product availability. The other pillar was the development of technology to use ethanol as automotive fuel. If the same technology could be implemented in Indonesia, our Government would not be worried anymore about oil price and subsidies.
The seminar concluded at 4 pm with the attendees’ praise. After that, Dr. Chandra Setiawan, the newly appointed Rector of President University, gave a token of appreciation to the Ambassador before he left. The Ambassador promised to the attendees that it would not be his first and last seminar at President University as he planned to return and lecture in other occasion.