The Government of Ireland Explores Opportunities in the Indonesian Tertiary Education Sector

Jakarta, 9 December 2010 – The Ireland Delegation to Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, and Timor Leste made a visit to Indonesia on 1-3 December 2010. The delegation, which was officiated by the current Irish Ambassador HE Joseph Hayes and the Director Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines at Enterprise Ireland Mr. Patrick O’Riardan, met with its counterparts from University of Indonesia (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), and Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR), to talk potential cooperation among Irish Higher Education Institutions and several Indonesian universities.

Prior to meeting with its counterparts from three universities, HD Asia Advisory's team made a presentation on the report of Indonesian current education sector to the Irish Delegates at Kempinski Hotel, Jakarta. HD Asia Advisory played a significant role in helping the Government of Ireland in getting know the latest development of the Indonesian education sector.

The University of Indonesia at Depok was the first destination of the delegates. Welcomed by University of Indonesia’s Rector Prof. Gumilar Somantri, both sides continued to share information on their potentials and experiences. At the occasion, Prof. Somantri explained the linkage between UI and universities in the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands, and saying that his institution was seeking to pursue further cooperation with other high-ranking universities in the world. Responding to him, HE Hayes said that the time for a university-to-university cooperation, to do something practical, had come.
In the following day, the delegation visited the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and one of its most prestigious schools, the School of Business and Management (SBM), where Ambassador Hayes gave an open lecture before hundreds of students and awarded this year’s Motivator Award to Marly Arifin, the best graduate in the master program of SBM ITB. The Vice Rector of ITB welcomed the delegation as the Director of International Office then proceeded to talk ITB’s current development, which currently has about 20,000 students (about 5,000 of them are master & PhD students).  ITB is a center of excellence for biotechnology and nanotechnology.

The delegation’s university visit was wrapped up by the last visit to Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR), where they were welcomed by the Rector Dr. Cecilia Lauw and some of her prominent staff. At UNPAR, the discussion went smoothly as both sides clearly stated their interests for a further tangible cooperation. Currently, UNPAR has been jointly cooperating with leading institutions from Germany and Australia for years, and keeps looking for other positive engagements with various higher educations institutions, including Irish universities.
*In the picture: The Ireland Delegation, Parahyangan Catholic University staff, and HD Asia Advisory team pose for a photo session in Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, on December 2, 2010.