Welcome to the 6th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Institute. This annual conference is held on 17-18 July 2017 in Manado, North Sulawesi, and is hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business, Sam Ratulangi University in collaboration with IRSA. Sam Ratulangi University is an Indonesian public university that plays an important role in promoting research and education in Indonesia. The theme of this year’s IRSA conference is Maritime Infrastructure and Regional Development.
This conference is IRSA’s main annual event that promotes the advancement of research across the country. The conference will facilitate open discussions and debates, transfer of knowledge, strategies for policy formulation, and networking amongst scholars and policymakers. Each year since its establishment, the IRSA annual conference has been attended by a large number of academics and policymakers from numerous Indonesian institutions. IRSA has also created a large network of academics and policymakers who are concerned with issues of regional development. This network has now reached a critical mass that can play a major role not only in the academic arena through research and publications but also contribute to the evidence-based regional development policies nationally, regionally, and locally.
Manado is the largest city in North Sulawesi and the second largest city in the island of Sulawesi. The city is served by international flights from Singapore and domestic flights from various cities in Indonesia including Jakarta and Denpasar. Manado is home to many esteemed educational institutions and is among Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations. Famous attractions near the city include Bunaken Marine National Park, lake Tondano and the Tomohon highlands. The city is also renown for its unique cuisine and old churches built during the colonial era.