|Indonesian Private Universities Strengthen Collaboration with Australian Govt|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012|
To further strengthen collaboration that has been established between Association of Indonesian Private University (APTISI) and one of the universities in Australia, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), UII Rector Prof. Dr. Edy Suandi Hamid, M.Ec., who also served as the central board of management of APTISI, was invited by Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC) Yogyakarta to attend a meeting with the Minister of Tertiary Education Australia, Senator Chris Evans. The objective of the meeting was to extend partnership link between Indonesian private higher education institutions and Australian Government.
According to Prof. Edy, APTISI is surely looking for a wider collaboration and partnership with higher education institutions in Australia. The collaboration and partnership will accelerate the private higher education institutions’ management so they become more independent and more responsible, and it also will make higher education products more innovative, at last it will give meaning for national development.
“It is expected that this collaboration and partnership has its main role as an implementation of partnership between Indonesian government and Australian government for wider aspects, not only for education, but also for trade and investment.” He uttered
He said further that there was about 17,545 Indonesian students are studying in Australia. This report became evidence to strengthen the mutual collaboration between two parties.
Meanwhile, Chris Evans expressed his appreciation to APTISI as a professional organization of private higher education institutions in Indonesia that has initially established collaboration with several universities in Australia. He also revealed that Australian Government will increase collaboration opportunities in wider aspects such as research and culture. The collaboration activity can be implemented in the form of student exchange program to strengthen and expand bilateral relationship in education sector between Australia and Indonesia.
"To promote mutual partnership in academic activities, it is necessary to increase student exchanges between two countries." He emphasized
The Meeting held at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Yogyakarta, was attended by Mr. Jason Coutts (Branch Manager, International Cooperation Branch and Colleagues), Marie Grealy (Consular Education and Research, Australian Embassy), Ms. Pinkan Umboh (Deputy Director of Education and Research, Australian Embassy), George Iwan Marantika, MBA (President Indonesia Australia Business Council Yogyakarta) and Drs. Kasiyarno, M.Hum (Chairman APTISI DIY).