IPB University Ranks 1st Nationwide in Three Subjects According to QS WUR 2022
IPB University is setting records with new achievements of ranking first nationwide in three subjects and one new subject based on the QS WUR by Subject 2022 list. These subjects include Agriculture and Forestry, Environmental Science, and Biological Science. This new release has also placed IPB University on the list of institution ranking for the Social Science and Management subject.
Early April, QS World University Rankings (QS WUR) has just released their 2022 by Subject list. This year, IPB University makes the list in five different subjects: Agriculture & Forestry, Environmental Science, Biological Science, Economics & Econometric, and Social Science & Management.
QS WUR by Subject evaluates five indicators which includes academic reputation, citation per paper, employer reputation, H-index, and international research network (IRN).
For the field of Agriculture & Forestry, IPB University obtained the score of 73, higher than the previous year’s 71.3 score. With this improvement, IPB University has now placed first in the subject nationally and in ASEAN, while also placing sixth in Asia and 41st in the world.
In Environmental Science, IPB University has obtained 65.3, placing the university again in first place nationally, as well as 11th in ASEAN, 75th in Asia, and 351-400 in the world.
IPB University has also taken a place in the list for Biological Science subject with a score of 53.6, placing first nationally, 13th in ASEAN, 135th in Asia, and 551-600 in the world.
For the field of Economics and Econometrics, IPB University achieved a score of 53.2. This score has placed IPB University in fourth place nationally and 15th in ASEAN. IPB University also places 82nd in Asia and 401-450 in the world for this subject.
The latest achievement of IPB University in relation to the QS WUR by Subject list is making the list for Social Science & Management with a score of 60.5. With this score, IPB University places 6th nationally, 28th in ASEAN, 110th in Asia, and 451-500 in the world.
The Rector of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria, expressed that the improvements in ranking and these latest achievements show the increase of performance in working units and civitas of IPB University. He conveyed his gratitude to all components within IPB University who had worked hard and allowed these acknowledgments to be possible. These achievements mark our excellence in these particular subjects and in order to improve these fields in the future, we are welcoming even more collaborations with our international partners.
IPB University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedicine to Build an Assisted Reproductive Technology and Bio-Bank Laboratory for Sumatran Rhinos
After extensive work in reproduction of the endangered Sumatran rhinos, IPB University will be opening an Assisted Reproductive Technology and Bio-Bank Laboratory for Sumatran Rhinos where in-vitro fertilization of the species genetic resources will be worked on. This new lab would give the species a new light of hope for survival as it races against extinction.
IPB University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedicine (SKHB) will be building a Laboratory of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Bio-Bank for Sumatran Rhinos and Endangered Wildlife in Indonesia. SKHB will be applying ART and Bio-Bank as a technological innovation to conserve the Sumatran rhinos and other endangered wildlife from extinction. Prof Deni Noviana explained the application of technology will be done in two methods which are cryopreservation to keep the preserve genetic resources (sperm, fibroblast cell, stem cell, and embryo) while the assisted reproductive technology will be utilized for propagation program of Sumatran rhinos.
In 2017, two researchers from SKHB, Dr Muhammad Agil and Prof Arief Boediono, as well as the team from the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Germany which is internationally renowned in ART and Bio-bank, have successfully harvested the ovum of the last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia before its mortality. The last ovum was initially planned to be sent to SKHB for in-vitro fertilization, however, high-quality sperm was not yet available at the time.
Therefore, through the presence of establishment of this ART laboratory and Bio-Bank, such an issue is hoped to be prevented in the future. This would allow the unfortunate mortality or reproductive failure of Sumatran rhinos to still present a possibility through the provision of genetic material which could be utilized well in the future.
According to Dr Muhammad Agil as the Head Researcher, this ART and Bio-Bank laboratory is planned to be established in the coming 2023. He added that the 2022-2027 road map and program planning for the application of Bio-Bank for Sumatran rhinos have already been completed.
Postgraduate Student of IPB University Awarded with Marine Stewardship Council Funding for Blue Swimming Crab Research
Student of IPB University’s Postgraduate Program has been selected to receive funding for her research in blue swimming crabs by the Marine Stewardship Council. This funding would allow her to come up with a new method of status evaluation which would lead to more sustainable fisheries practices for blue swimming crabs.
Leni Maryani, student of IPB University’s Postgraduate program was chosen by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as one of 22 world researchers to receive funding for her research in blue swimming crabs (Portunus pelagicus). Leni explained that with this funding, she would be able to create a new and accurate method to evaluate the status of Portunus pelagicus stock using molecular tools which supports the implementation of harvest control regulations. This would lead to more sustainable fisheries practices for blue swimming crabs.
Leni further described that there is a lack of knowledge in relation to the species’ age structure which will influence the environment, the interaction, distribution, growth and development, mortality, as well as the reproduction and vulnerability of these creatures for their conservation. There needs to be an improvement in its conservation through research. With the funding, she will be able to work with various scientists to conduct research which promotes a healthy ocean and conservation of blue swimming crabs. Her research topic is innovative methods in evaluating the status of blue swimming crab fisheries stock using molecular tools to support the implementation of harvest control regulations in Madura Island.
This research is supervised by Dr Hawis H Madduppa, lecturer of IPB University’s Department of Marine Science and Technology under the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science. Dr Hawis who also holds the position of Executive Director of the Indonesian Blue Swimming Crab Association conveyed that the young generation must keep maintaining their passion to protect sustainability of marine fisheries as it is our responsibility to preserve the environment.