COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR ON RIVER MAINTENANCE
In order to implement the Three Pillars of Higher Education (Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi) Urban Planning Study Program of Universitas Semarang and Assoc. Prof. Ahmed El-Sayed Gaber, PhD from Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences – Port Said University Egypt held a collaborative research seminar through zoom platform attended by approximately 100 participants on Thursday, 16 July 2020. This seminar was supported by Urban Development Agency of Semarang City (BAPPEDA Kota Semarang) and involving Muhammad Luthfi Eko Nugroho, S.T., M.T. – as Head of Sub Division of Research and Development on Infrastructure and Environment; Bambang Sudarmanto S.T., M.T. (Head of Urban Planning Department) and Assoc. Prof. Ahmed El Sayed Gaber (Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences – Port Said University) as the speakers in the seminar.
The Seminar purpose is to provide in-depth knowledge about international collaborative activities between the two universities and bring benefits to the environment, USM’s Rector Andy Kridasusila S.E., M.M. in his speech stated that “It is our responsibility as academicians to conduct research in addition to other responsibilities such as teaching and community services. I believe that this collaborative research seminar will reach broad sectors related to the core of research, namely urban planning and river maintenance in the city of Semarang.”
Muhammad Luthfi Eko Nugroho, S.T., M.T. said that flooding is the one of problems faced by Semarang City. He highly expects that the higher education could conduct the research in water management that the result would be essential for decision making related to water management and flood control particularly in Semarang City.
In line with Assoc. Prof. Ahmed El-Sayed Gaber finds that land subsidence becomes the significance problem for Semarang City. He studies about Semarang from space and material he collected during his visit in Semarang last year. The best method he suggests to reduce the land subsidence is stopping sand or material mining around watershed and coastal area.