On December 6th, 2016, HE Minister Steven Ciobo paid a Courtesy Call to HE Minister Prof Mohamad Nasir at the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.

HE Minister Steven Ciobo is the Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment. Topics discussed among others are the wish to cooperate in the fields of research technology and higher education, as Indonesia and Australia have the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, in which that both Australian and Indonesian Ministers of Trade become the focal point.

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HE Minister Mohamad Nasir informed the current science, technology and higher education (STHE) policy in Indonesia, the program of reformation of higher education (including the revitalization of vocational higher education), the program of research commercialization and innovation.

Secretary General Prof Ainun Na’im and Director General Prof Intan Ahmad, who just returned from Canberra a week ago, shared some of results of the 2nd Joint Working Group Meeting on Research and Education, 30 November 2016 in Canberra. Prof Ainun Na’im and Prof Intan Ahmad stressed on the important of harmonizing the qualification between bachelor studies in Australia and S-1 in Indonesia, highlighted the qualitative framework and appreciate the Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE), the numbers of students graduated from vocational education (4.5 Mio out of 24 Mio of Australian population) are amazing numbers. As Indonesia in the future would like to promote the vocational education, Indonesia may learn from its International partner.

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Director General DG Patdono Suwignjo informed that there are 12 polytechnic schools in Indonesia which will be revitalized. Four priority areas for that polytechnic schools are covering (i) tourism, (ii) food and agriculture, (iii) maritime, and (iv) creative industries. In addition, Indonesia also pay interest on the development of ‘beef fattening’ in Australia which is know for its expertise.

Nada Marsudi informed the meeting that in 2016, there will be a signing of RistekDikti Ministry with the Department of Education and Training (DET); however, other cooperation with other Australian Ministries/Institutions/Universities are also welcomed by Indonesia.

The meeting was also attended by HE Mr. Paul Grigson, Ambassador of Australia to Indonesia, Mrs. Prudence Gordon, Senior Trade Adviser to the Minister, Mr. Justin Brown, Deputy Secretary, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mrs Alice McKenzie, First Secretary Economic Affairs, Tri Sundari, and Annisa Pranowo.

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