Indonesia and Germany is having a longstanding bilateral cooperation in higher education, science, technology and Innovation (HESTI). An agreement on science and technology was signed in 1979, it has been 38 years of dynamic but harmonious cooperation, and it is still counting..
On Tuesday, 18 April 2017, HE Mr. Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of German, paid a Courtesy visit to HE Mr. Prof M Nasir, the Indonesian Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education.
Beginning the discussion, HE Minister Nasir appreciated all efforts from both Countries in supporting the cooperation, including excellent hospitalities and arrangement, when he conducted a working visit to Germany on September 27-28, 2016. He then shared his positive impressions on the working visit to (i) Museum für Naturkunde, (ii) Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, (iii) Humboldt – Universität zu Berlin, which was selected as the University of Excellence in 2012 and have the motto “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality–Openness-Guidance”.
In the sector of higher education, both Indonesian and German Leaders have the same interests in developing the vocational (higher) education programs. For this, HE Minister Nasir shared his excitement when he visited (iv) Siemens AG – Siemens Technik Akademie. He was impressed by the fundamental basis that the vocational higher education (VHE) schools in Germany, are collaborating closely with industries. Therefore, the graduates of VHE schools could work directly on special skills in certain industries.
Responding to the above statement, HE Mr. Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, German Ambassador, shared the information that it is true that industries in Germany, really working closely with the VHE schools, so at the end of the programs, the qualified ‘tailored/designed’ graduates, could work directly in such certain industries.
Ambassador Michael said that around 70 percent of teaching programs are taken by private sectors. While only 30 percent of teaching programs are fulfilled by fundamental theory and or academic programs. Therefore, the VHE schools in Germany are knows to produce qualified human resourrces. Moreover, Ambassador Michael also said that focal point the Indonesia German vocational education programs, are the Indonesian Ministry for Coordinating Economic Affairs and the National Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), so the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) may further contact them.
Still in relation on the VHE schools, Director General Patdono Suwignyo, informed that Indonesia already prioritized four areas for VHE schools, which are (i) agriculture, (ii) energy, (iii) tourism, and (iv) maritime. He believes that Germany could assist Indonesians by improving the quality of lecturers in Indonesian VET schools. This program could be approached by two ways, (i) by inviting German experts to Indonesia for sharing their experience in Germany in VHE schools in Indonesia, or (ii) by sending the targeted lecturers from the Indonesian VHE schools, in order to improve their qualifications, for obtaining the professional certificate.
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
During the meeting, HE Minister Prof M Nasir also appreciated the hardworking of the Indonesia and German Steering Committee members, participated in “the 7th Indonesian-German Inter-Ministerial Committee Meeting on Science and Technology (IG-IMM)”, on 28 September 2016.
The four agreed topics of cooperation among others are (i) Biodiversity and Health, (ii) Energy, including renewable energy (geothermal, solar and wind energy), (iii) Earth and Ocean, including Marine Sciences, and (iv) the Development of Business Technology and or Business Innovation centers. Concerning the Geothermal Energy, both HE Minister Nasir and HE Ambassador Michael really appreciated the Indonesia German Collaboration Project: Geothermal Binary Power Plant in Lahendong and Komujang, which are participated by BPPT, PT Pertamina Geothermal, as well as GFZ Postdam. As energy sufficiency is very essential now, so both Countries will always support it.
During the meeting, HE Minister Prof M Nasir was accompanied by Secretary General Prof Ainun Naím, Director General Dr. Patdono Soewignyo, Mr. Abdul Wahid Maktub, Minister’s Special Appointee for International Relation, Nada Marsudi, Tri Sundari, Nova Febriyani, and Baginda.