New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
New Zealand’s Victoria University and Indonesia’s Paramadina University sign a memorandum of understanding
Victoria University(VUW) and Paramadina University have signed a memorandum of understanding – a very important agreement, said New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, who was present at the recent signing.
The universities had a lot to offer each other, with complementary programmes across a range of disciplines, said Mr Taylor.
“Public policy, business studies, English language training, and international relations are fields where there is a great potential for collaboration. Victoria University has strong programmes in these areas.
“I hope that Paramadina will become one of the homes for New Zealanders with an academic interest in Indonesia, as we sorely need to expand our knowledge of this country.
“An open, democratic Indonesia is a ripe subject for a new generation of New Zealand students and the expertise available at this university offers a great deal in this respect.
New Zealand was entering a new era in cooperation with Indonesia that extends across the breadth of the relations. Trade and economic cooperation, development assistance, and police and military training, have each been stepped up two or three gears, said Mr Taylor.
“Education cooperation is equally important. I’m confident that with this arrangement, Victoria and Paramadina Universities will be able to make a major contribution to education relationships by exchanging staff and students, and hopefully also, developing joint programmes.”
The New Zealand Government will also play its part, he said, with the Foreign Minister, Hon Murray McCully, recently announcing that scholarships for ASEAN countries will more than double to 170 annually. Fifty of these new awards will be available for Indonesians.