The world’s most populous muslim nation is actively selling “academic diplomacy” by establishing partnerships between its universities and their African equivalents and selling alternatives such because the Ministry of Training and Tradition’s Partnership for Growing Nations scholarships initiative.
Indonesian universities will maintain joint collaboration applications together with employees and scholar exchanges and joint analysis, which can even see educating employees in Africa advance their research in Indonesian universities.
“The Indonesian embassy in Nairobi has actively promoted academic diplomacy”
Scholarships shall be issued to African college students and lecturers to check at Indonesian universities as a part of the Asian nation’s plan to “increase and improve” relations between Indonesia and Africa.
“To this point, the Indonesian embassy in Nairobi has actively promoted academic diplomacy, together with scholarships managed by Training Ministry below the Partnership for Growing Nations (KNB) scholarships in addition to these supplied independently by varied universities Indonesia,” stated Mohamad Hery Saripudin, Indonesian ambassador to the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The envoy, who just lately led a delegation from his nation into conferences with universities within the area, stated that nations in East Africa had been focused with alternatives for learning in Indonesian universities inside the framework of Sister College cooperation.
One of many universities visited by the delegation was Umma College, a college in Kenya that operates below Islamic values and practices.
Whereas Indonesia additionally trails its neighbours together with Singapore in attracting overseas college students, calls for a extra aggressive push for African college students have been rising since 2015 when reportedly lower than 1000 Africans had been learning there.
Cultural shock, language barrier and the training system used within the nation have been cited as a few of the the explanation why the Asian nation just isn’t a well-liked vacation spot for Africans.