A large delegation representing Indonesian private universities and colleges – the greater part of Indonesia's higher education sector – yesterday witnessed the signing of a collaboration agreement between their peak body and UTS.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indonesian Association of Private Higher Education (APTISI) paves the way for UTS to provide various programs for APTISI member institutions, to help develop teaching and research skills for academics, and to provide the mechanism for ongoing collaboration between the two entities.
A delegation of about 55 rectors (vice-chancellors), presidents, deans and others were present for the signing of the MOU by UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne and Professor Edy Suandi Hamid, Chairman of APTISI and Rektor of the Islamic University of Indonesia.
Also attending the ceremony, the Consul General of Indonesia (Sydney), Mr Gary RM Jusuf, welcomed the MOU and said it reflected the Australian Government's goals set out in the Asian Century White Paper.
"This is a great first step for co-operation between the two countries and the universities and will help enrich education in our region."
Professor Milbourne said projected joint initiatives included short courses and "academic upgrade" programs for APTISI academics across all regions, staff and student study tours, student exchanges and curriculum development and collaboration.
"This APTISI delegation is largest Indonesian tertiary sector rectors and presidents group ever to visit Australia. We have a great deal of pride that APTISI has chosen to partner with UTS and we look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship," Professor Milbourne said.
All private higher education providers in Indonesia must be APTISI members. It is the peak body for 3,150 universities, academies and polytechnics, with a total of 2.2 million students and 150,000 lecturers.
APTISI is a partner of the Indonesian Government in formulating and implementing higher education policy and serves as an adviser, facilitator, mediator, and evaluator of private universities to ensure their quality.
The largest member is the Islamic University of Indonesia (Yogyakarta) with nearly 50,000 students.
Main picture caption: from the left, Consul General of Indonesia (Sydney) Mr Gary RM Jusuf (standing), Chairman of APTISI and Rektor of the Islamic University of Indonesia Professor Edy Suandi Hamid, UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne and UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Professor William Purcell (standing).