Indonesia-UK Establish Partnership in Maritime Vocational Field

Indonesian and the UK flags (photo: special)

Jakarta, MINA – The Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the United Kingdom work together in the field of maritime vocation. It includes training affirmations on logistics, seafarers’ capabilities, port management, and maritime-based economics.

The £8 million cooperation is to support the development of Polytechnic in Batam region, Riau Islands, Manado, Semarang, and Surabaya.

“(This cooperation) is to support maritime polytechnics with some unique programs, and can improve their quality,” said Ismunandar, Director General of Learning and Student Affairs (Dirjen Belmawa), Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud), at the launch of Indonesia-UK Skills for Prosperity Launch Program, at the Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta on on Tuesday, November 5.

Ismunandar added that the support for the curriculum was intended to improve the quality of polytechnics in Indonesia.

“These programs can improve the quality of our polytechnics. Through the program, we can work together in the curriculum. Because Hardkill is not enough, “he said.

He hopes that in the future polytechnic graduates in Indonesia can take advantage of networking with Polytechnics from the United Kingdom.

In addition, Owen Jenkins, Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and non-resident Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of East Timor, explained that cooperation will support the development of Indonesian human resources for sustainable development.

“We will conduct cooperation based on sustainable development, with the potential of Indonesia as the fourth most populous country in the world,” Ambassador Owen said.

Owen said support would be focused on giving polytechnics ability to meet the needs of the 21st century.

The maritime vocational cooperation will involve an international organization, the International Labor Organization (ILO) as a program implementation partner. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)