Media Indonesia, page 11
RI Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are exploring the possibilities of a joint cooperation in the form of securing an Indonesian language course. The cooperation is expected to be realized in 2017. This was stated yesterday by the Head of Planning and Foreign Cooperation of Kemendikbud, Suharti in the dialogue forum held at AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.
Suharti said that Indonesian Language studies in New Zealand is relatively behind than that of its neighbor, Australia. Therefore, her party offers cooperation so that the New Zealand people could know more about Indonesia. Her party is ready to send Bahasa Indonesia teachers to New Zealand. The program itself is one of the Kemendikbud targets for 2017, namely to improve and strengthen the development, enhancement, also the protection of the language.
In response to the offer from the Indonesian government, the Director of International Relations & Development of AUT, Lester Khoo explained that it was aiming to become a center of excellence for the Asia Pacific region, including Southeast Asia. Procurement of the Indonesian language is assessed as a means to fulfilling this target.
According to Khoo, Indonesia is one of their closest Asian neighbors and projected to be the 7th largest economy in the world by 2030. So a core foundation is needed between Indonesia and New Zealand, among others through language and culture.