Minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir traveled to Seoul, South Korea, February 25-26, 2019, for a working visit.

The trip started with a visit to Hankuk University for Foreign Studies (HUFS) and Cyber Hankuk University for Foreign Studies (CUFS) which have been partnering with Indonesia’s National University since some years ago.

Nasir and his entourage were received by HUFS president Kim In Chul.

There, Nasir reiterated his ministry’s support for the South Korea-Indonesia partnership in cyber university development.

The discussion touched several topics, such as the number of and ethics of students of a cyber university, accreditation for courses offered by a cyber university, the composition of students and lecturer, as well as the mechanism and infrastructure of HUFS and CUFS.

The first night of the visit saw a meeting between Indonesian delegates and South Korean investors who had contributed and were planning to contribute to the development of cyber university in Indonesia.

Indonesia and South Korea signed in 2009 a MoU on science and technology cooperation. Nasir said the time had come for the strengthening of the cooperation.

It was Nasir’s third official trip to South Korea. Previously, he went there to represent Indonesia at a regional forum ASEAN COSTI +3 (South Korea, Japan and China) and the 6th Asian European Ministerial Meeting on Education (ASEMME 6).

Nasir said he was confident that Indonesia and South Korea could develop their sci-tech ties by developing science and technology parks in the former and thematic research.

Nasir also met with Yoo Eun Hae, deputy prime minister and education minister of South Korea. They discussed a plan relating to higher education.

Mun Mi-Ock from South Korea’s science and technology and information technology ministry welcomed the idea and promised to accelerate the process of the completion of further agreements.

Nasir presented his excitement to cooperate with South Korea to improve Indonesia’s gross enrollment ratio.

It is hoped that the presence of cyber universities in Indonesia could improve the ratio. The South Korean team said it had improved its ratio thanks to the presence of its current 21 cyber universities.

Yoo Eun Hae said his party appreciated the first draft offered by Indonesia on the higher education agreement.

It is now being assessed and will be finalized soon.