Indonesia: World Standard Higher Education in India

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Boediono, Indonesian Vice President said that Indonesia and India need to increase cooperation in various fields. In support of it, Jakarta welcomes investment from New Delhi, India particularly in higher education from India’s Ambassador Gurjit Singh, as per the statement from the Indian embassy in Jakarta. In addition to it, Singh emphasized the need for taking forward the relationship between India and Indonesia to which he outlined a few ideas with a consent given by Boediono.

Although, the trade between the two nations is important but investment seems to be more fundamental. In connection to the above statement, Indonesian officials welcomed Indian investment in the country preferably in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The Indonesian vice president said there is immense potential for growth in Indonesia in terms of supply and infrastructure, where India can join hands to get the benefit out of the domestic market. Boediono remarked that India’s higher education sector is of “WORLD STANDARD” and to develop human resources in Indonesia, both countries should explore the possibility of student and faculty exchange programmes and joint establishment of higher education institutes. Apart from this, both the countries also share some common traditional cultural links which should be further enhanced, he added.

According to the Indian embassy, bilateral trade between the two nations has increased from $4.4 billion in 2005-06 to over $16 billion in 2010-11, making Indonesia a major trading partner for India in the ASEAN. There are around 100,000 people of Indian origin in Indonesia, mostly concentrated in Greater Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya and Bandung regions. Further, a good number of Indian nationals work as engineers, consultants, chartered accountants and bankers in Indonesia. The Indian community is well regarded in Indonesia, and includes individuals holding senior positions in local and multinational companies.