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Singapore and Indonesia to boost cooperation in education

Updated On: Feb 25, 2005

Jakarta-SingaporeandIndonesiaplan to take their already friendly relations to a new plane by enhancing cooperation in education in the coming years.

Joint leadership development programmes, research and exchange visits are among the highlights of the new "deeper, constructive engagement" between schools and universities in the two countries.

"Teachers'training, school-to-school links and university exchanges are among the three areas we have agreed on but it forms part of a broader framework of educational collaboration and people-to-people collaboration between Indonesia and Singapore," said Singapore Education Minister Tharman Sahnmugaratnam, who arrived in Jakarta on Feb 22 for a three-day trip.

During his visit, he and his Indonesian counterpart, Mr Bambang Sudibyo, witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nanyang Technological Institute and two top Indonesian universities, UniversitasIndonesiaand Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Under the MoU, the three institutions agreed to conduct joint research and exchange students, teachers and information.

The two countries will also establish ties between 10 of the best secondary schools inSingaporeandIndonesiato begin "grooming" young leaders.

Mr Sudibyo said he would like to see a partnership betweenIndonesia's National Defence Institute, which is attended by upcoming officials, military and police officers, andSingapore'sInstituteofDefenceand Strategic Studies.

* Singapore and Indonesia plan new education tie-ups (The Straits Times, Feb 24)