Three Indonesian Students honoured with Prestigious Award


During a ceremony in Stuttgart on 09 November 2009, Daimler AG and the UNESCO awarded the “Mondialogo Engineering Award” to three Indonesian students in recognition of their outstanding performance. The initiative “Mondialogo Award” was initiated by Daimler AG and the UNESCO in 2003 as the largest forum in the world to promote cooperation and dialogue between cultures among technical students of the world. The three Indonesians who were selected for the prize among 60 students from 28 countries working on 30 projects are Benny from the University of Gajah Mada, Fengky Satria Yorestra from the Andalas University and Nanang Sugianto from the Udayana University. The project “Zero Waste Production System in Small/Medium Industrial Cluster” was honoured with the gold medal, while the projects “Evacuation Infrastructure from Tsunami for Coastal Communities in West Sumatera” and “Development of a Transportable Bioreactor for Anaerobic Treatment” received silver and bronze medals respectively. The gold-winning project by Benny of the Gajah Mada University conceptualized in conjunction with Awqi Gibran of the Chalmer University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, was selected by the independent jury composed of representatives of several countries for its contribution and creativity in creating the source of alternative energy in rural development which uses industrial and biological wastes to produce goods of daily use. For over a year, students from developed and developing countries concentrated their efforts on project proposals for the United Nations Millenium Development Goals focused on the mitigation of climate change, poverty elimination and sustainable development. The ceremony was attended by the CEO of Daimler AG, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, and Mr. Walter Eldern representing the UNESCO, who handed over the prizes, as well as by the ambassadors representing the countries of the awardees, including India, Indonesia, South Africa, Canada and Brazil among others. Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was also present during the event.