The mission of the Planet NI program is to empower engineers in emerging countries to achieve sustainable prosperity by providing increased access to NI technology. The program focuses on nurturing local innovation through partnerships, as well as supporting entrepreneurs and organizations building solutions that contribute to the economic development of emerging nations.
NI offices around the world locally define and develop their Planet NI programs. The primary focus of the Planet NI program in Indonesia is to support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), partner with innovation centers, and to support healthy and sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, by collaborating with developmental organizations.
JAKARTA, May 8, 2015 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new partnership with U.S.-based corporation, National Instruments (NI), to provide hands-on training to aspiring young scientists and engineers in the Lower Mekong sub-region and to empower them with technical skills to help grow the region’s workforce.
(From left) Eloisa Acha - NI Planet NI Senior Manager; Nina Hachigian - US Ambassador to ASEAN and Victor Mieres – Vice President, NI Planet NI Program
Over the next five years, USAID and NI will work together to create learning centers at universities and vocational colleges to enable students and professionals to access NI’s embedded and measurement devices, including software, hardware, training and technical support. They can also acquire practical science and technology skills and use them to build solutions and, potentially, new companies. This partnership involves developing curricula, training instructors and supplying lab equipment to these schools, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Contributing $4.5 million in-kind to the partnership, NI commits to provide access to its software and hardware technology platforms, product training materials, virtual and in-country support for multiple regional projects, including the USAID Connecting the Mekong Through Education and Training (USAID COMET) project and the USAID ASEAN Connectivity Through Trade and Investment (USAID ACTI) project.
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