Today’s signing of a formal partnership between the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) will further strengthen ties between the two countries, and will give more Indonesian students the opportunity to further their academic and professional careers.
ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh says the agreement builds upon the success and richness of the ATN’s existing connections with Indonesia and demonstrates their on-going commitment to the region in the long term.
“We hope that this partnership will create more opportunities for Indonesia’s best and brightest to pursue successful careers and contribute to a highly mobile, highly competent workforce with the skill sets needed for business and industry worldwide.
“Our universities are committed to delivering high quality tertiary education, world-class research with real-world results, and an exceptional student experience with a focus on practical learning opportunities.
“We hope Indonesian students who choose to study at an ATN university will be industry-ready with the skills to thrive in, and create jobs for, the future,” Ms Hindmarsh says.
“These new agreements between the Indonesian Government and ATN members are particularly significant, given the large footprint that ATN universities have in the Australian higher education sector, teaching twenty per cent of Australia’s higher education students and twenty two per cent of Australia’s international students.
“Our universities are young, innovative and enterprising universities in Australia. All ATN universities feature in the Top 25 universities under 50 years old in the 2015/2016 QS University rankings.
“As a consortium, the ATN is committed to strengthening our ties in Indonesia to continue to provide opportunities for Australian and Indonesian students to access a world-class education with strong employability outcomes.
“We are honoured to be partnering with MORA and hope that our strong ties with Indonesia will deliver significant economic, social and cultural benefits to both the Australian and Indonesian communities,” Ms Hindmarsh says.
ATN is a consortium of five major Australian universities; QUT in Brisbane, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University in Melbourne, University of South Australia in Adelaide and Curtin University in Perth.