7th April, 2015
By ERIC BAGANG
KOTA KINABALU: Indonesian citizens residing in Sabah and Sarawak can now pursue their studies at a tertiary level while working in the two states.
This has been made possible with signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Universitas Terbuka Indonesia and Indonesian Embassy here yesterday.
The MoU enables Indonesians residing in the two states to study programmes offered by the university through distance learning at Indonesian Consulates in Kota Kinabalu.
Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Herman Prayitno who signed the MoU on behalf of the embassy said that the first batch of students consists of teachers teaching at Indonesian schools in Sabah.
“This distance learning system offered to Indonesian citizens working here provides them with the opportunity to get tertiary education with the hope that when they go back to Indonesia, they will have better job opportunities.
“In our quest to develop Indonesia, there is no other way but through education. We want every Indonesian to be able to get the highest education with the help from the government in terms of facilities and scholarships,” he told reporters after officiating the opening of the distance learning centre at the Indonesian Consulate here yesterday.
According to him, distance learning programme offered by the Universitas Terbuka Indonesia enables the students to study at their own pace without having to attend lectures and exams.
“Students will be given text books, and take exams online. It is that easy because we want those who did not get the opportunity to go to university after school, to have the opportunity to obtain higher education.
“I only hope that they will have a more confident personality, vast knowledge, and for the teachers, more professional,” he added.
Also present at the event was Indonesian Consul General in Kota Kinabalu, Akhmad DH Irfan, among others.