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A consortium of five Australian universities will help in researches and strengthening of faculty in Indonesia. The positive impacts expected would be an improvement in the qualifications and competence of university lecturers in Indonesia.
The Director General of Resources for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti), Ali Ghufron Mukti said that the Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Technology Network (ATN) in the case of improving the quality of human resources and research cooperation. Such cooperation is also to assist the lecturers and university students in improving their skills in writing proposals and researches.
ATN is a consortium of five universities in Australia, namely Queensland University of Technology, Sydney University of Technology, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), University of South Australia, and Curtin University. Ghufron explained further that such cooperation is the Indonesian government’s efforts to facilitate university lecturers in updating/renewing their scientific knowledge and potential to continue studying their doctoral programs in Australia.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Deputy Ambassador, Justin Lee said that the Australian government supports in strengthening the quality of Indonesian human resources in order to create prosperity and economic growth in Indonesia. Justin hopes that the collaboration between the two countries continues to be developed, because Australia is still one of the most highly selected countries by Indonesian students to study in college/university.
Executive Director of ATN, Renee Hindmarsh said that the cooperation between ATN and Kemenristek would provide invaluable learning opportunities for Indonesian citizens and also open opportunities for students and scientists to work and study in Australia. Moreover, all the ATN universities have the strengths and research skills that are aligned with Indonesia’s research priorities.