By Daniel Hunter

The UK and Indonesia are further strengthening their education links, by committing to nine new long-term partnerships in higher education.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts today signed a joint framework on closer education and skills cooperation with Indonesia’s Minister for Education Mohammad Nuh. This will promote student mobility and the transfer of knowledge between the two countries.

The agreements include eight partnerships between UK and Indonesian institutions and a new UK-Indonesia Scholarship Programme supporting up to 150 PhD students to come to the UK each year.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:

“This is a major step towards establishing the UK as Indonesia's partner of choice in education and research. The positive effect of these agreements will go further than simply providing scholarships; it will build and strengthen institutional links in teaching and research.

“We will also be looking for future opportunities for our countries to work together in vocational education and training and for partnerships between further education colleges”

Dr Joanna Newman, Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit, said:

“The UK Indonesia Scholarship Programme is a landmark commitment by the Indonesian government and UK universities in student mobility. Indonesia has 5.4 million students and has huge ambitions for the education of its population and the UK is extremely well placed to develop long-lasting partnerships in teaching and research.”

The university agreements are:

- The University of Oxford and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture creating opportunities for more Indonesian students to study at Oxford. There will also be initiatives for the further development of research into Indonesia and Indonesian studies

- Establishing the Newcastle University-Universitas Indonesia Doctoral Training Centre (NIDTC)

- Cranfield University and Institut Teknologi Bandung creating a double-degree Masters programme in engineering and technology

- Northumbria University and Universitas Bina Nusantara setting up four new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in interior design, industrial design, interactive media design and multidisciplinary design innovation

- The University of Nottingham and Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta establishing integrated Masters and PhD programmes in materials design studied at both sites

- The University of Southampton and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember cooperating in teaching and research, and developing academic exchanges

- The Open University and Universitas Terbuka collaborating in quality assurance, curriculum development and pedagogic research

- The Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia collaborating on infectious disease and public health research and establishing the FMUI-Oxford Clinical Research Centre.

The Prime Minister led a delegation to Indonesia in April this year, which included the UK Higher Education International Unit, Open University, University of Southampton and the University of Nottingham, who have all signed agreements.

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