Jakarta, December 6th, 2018, HE Minister Mohamad Nasir just returned from Serang Banten with Director General of Learning and Student Affairs (DG Belmawa) Ismunandar Ismu after disseminating the 4 years of Ristekdikti achievements to Banten public on that wonderful afternoon, but he and Secretary General Ainun Na’im were excited to meet HE Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesian Ambassador for Singapore, Enda Wulandari and two others colleagues from the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore (KBRI).

Indonesia and Singapore already signed the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Higher Education on September the 7th, 2017. This MoU was signed by HE Minister Nasir from Indonesia and HE Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) from Singapore, in front of two Leaders in Singapore last year (thanking Prof Aisyah Endah Palupi xoxoxo).

Moreover, during that time (2017), our Ministry qq DG Belmawa and Republic Polytechnique (RP) Singapore also signed MoU on capacity building for technical education in supply chain management for e-commerce.

Now, to follow up such agreements, both Indonesians and Singaporians may develop the joint steering committee or joint working group, so we could discuss the concrete detail of various programs soon.

As Indonesia and Singapore are neighbouring Countries, so we could find similarities in all aspects. These geographic positions of both Countries really deliver positive impacts to the existing bilateral relation, especially in the fields of higher education, science, technology and innovation.

As Indonesia is continuously improving the quality of higher education system and programs, Indonesia asked whether Singapore may share the patterns of funding mechanism and university management from some of Top Singaporean Universities, as references to Indonesians. , So Indonesian policy makers may assess and or study it, so it will enrich our knowledge, so we may take future decisions for higher education policy excellently.

Other interesting topics in such bilateral cooperation are about capacity building programs (training, scholarship, academic cooperation etc). It was informed by HE Amb Ngurah Swajaya that in Singapore there are various digital training programs dedicated for the society, in order to anticipate the development of 4.0 Industrial Revolution, so such society is really prepared. This kind of policy might be applied in Indonesia too.

In term of Science Technological and Innovative development, Indonesia and Singapore are also committed to support the regional programs on science, technology and innovation via ASEAN Committe on Science Technology (ASEAN COST), and we are looking forward to the next 76th meeting of ASEAN COST meeting that will be conducted in Indonesia on June 2019.