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Indonesia-Singapore Strengthen Cooperation on Industrial Vocation, Jakarta, 10 September 2017 - Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry and Singapore’s Ministry of Higher Education and Skills have agreed to strengthen the cooperation in education and training on industrial vocation.

This synergy is believed to boost the economies of both countries.

The bilateral commitment is implemented in the signing of the MoU on Development Cooperation of Education and Training of Industrial Vocation by Indonesia Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto and Singapore Minister of Higher Education and Skill Ong Ye Kung.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore. This activity is in a series of Leader's Retreat events as well as the 50th anniversary of Indonesia-Singapore diplomatic relations.

"The cooperation is expected to support the provision of competent workers in accordance with current market needs through link and match program between Vocational High School (SMK) and industry," Airlangga said in an official statement in Jakarta on Saturday (09/09/2017) .

According to Airlangga, the scope of the MoU includes training for faculty and managers of education and vocational training units for industry, development of vocational education system quality, provision of access and opportunities for industrial apprenticeship participants for faculty and students, curriculum development cooperation, technology development and expert assistance and the development of qualification standards.

"This Memorandum of Understanding will be followed up with training for lecturers and organizers of education units and vocational training for 100 people in 2018," he said.

Airlangga explained that the implementation will be done jointly by the Ministry of Industry’s Education and Training Center and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore.

The training, Airlangga continued, aims to increase technical competence, especially the creation of productive teachers of SMK in three areas of study: Mechanical Engineering, Electricity Utilization Installation and Industrial Automation Technique.

"This training program is also directed to the development for the leadership and management of the vocational education unit," he concluded.


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