Malaysia and Indonesia have signed an MoU agreement granting higher education students a two-year visa between the two countries that is renewable every two years. The changes will affect around 5,000 Malaysian students in Indonesia and 14,000 Indonesian students in Malaysia.
Collaborations between HE institutions in the UK and Indonesia were fortified last month at the Science and Innovation Conference in Jakarta, and UK and Indonesian universities will co-bid for seed funding for development projects. In the same week, the UK's GREAT campaign was rolled out in the country by the Duke of York.
A new international strategy from UCAS, significant opportunity in markets such as Indonesia and Iraq and a revelatory update from Universities UK all featured in a information-loaded BUILA annual conference last week. Organisations working hard to boost the sector's international capabilities interacted with delegates in the Scottish capital.
TVET UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to help improve standards of vocational education in Indonesia and meet the needs of industry. A number of UK colleges are already benefiting from the deal.
A new consortium of 12 US and Indonesian universities was launched this week at the NAFSA conference in St. Louis to promote educational exchange. The initiative is a continuation of the institutions' partnership through the US-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity, which stemmed a decline in Indonesian student traffic to the US after it formed in 2010.
Some 2.6 million Indonesians could enter higher education in the next decade—but despite the country's emerging prosperity, the HE sector will not be able to cater for all of them. The number of students studying overseas is likely to grow, but will, as some predict, Indonesia become another major student market? Julian Hall reports...