To enhance access and service of tertiary institutions abroad through the Universitas Terbuka’s (UT) Open Distance Education System, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) organized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with UT. This event was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta (12/09/2019).
The event was attended by the Vice-Rector for Institutional Development and UT Cooperation and several Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, namely the Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs, the Director of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and BHI, the Director for Information and Media Services, and the Secretary of the Directorate General of Information and Public Diplomacy.
The event opened with remarks from the Open University Rector, Ojat Darojat. In his remarks, the Rector expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the support and cooperation carried out with UT so that the programs offered by UT to communities living abroad were very good. He added, currently there are around 2500 UT students who are abroad. As a Distance University, UT is committed to continuing to provide broad opportunities for all Indonesian people both at home and abroad with more flexibility and affordability. It is hoped that this cooperation will provide better services.
On the same occasion, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mayrefas also said that currently there are around 7 million Indonesian Citizens (WNI) who are abroad, and around 2000 of them took education at UT. This is a good thing because education can increase confidence for workers abroad. He expressed his gratitude to UT for helping the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in serving Indonesian citizens abroad to get a good education so as to create superior Indonesian human resources. This cooperation is expected to improve the services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Indonesian citizens abroad.