Following up on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Universitas Terbuka (UT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia which had been carried out some time ago, UT agreed to cooperate with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This collaboration was marked by the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the UT Rector represented by Dr. Mohamad Yunus, S.S., M.A. as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs with Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin as the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The signing was held at the Bureau of Finance, General and Cooperation Building, Friday (10/18/2019). Through this collaboration, implementation of UT higher education services in the Work Area of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, as well as increasing opportunities for Indonesian Citizens (WNI) in the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah to improve their education in UT will be the focus.
In his remarks, Dr. Mohamad Yunus, S.S., M.A. said that the cooperation between UT and the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah had been established since the beginning UT developed foreign services and had been centered in Jeddah. Through cooperation and support from the Indonesian Embassy in Jeddah, it is expected to increase the number of students in Jeddah and increase the capacity of Indonesian citizens. The same thing was expressed by Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin, UT's presence in Jeddah helped the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah in realizing the Indonesian government's program, namely the state serving and protecting citizens, especially providing educational services for the diaspora.
UT is a pioneer in the organization of Higher Education, Open and Distance Education (PTTJJ) in Indonesia. UT's 35 years of experience in developing PTTJJ has given trust to partners both at home and abroad to continue to work well together. By carrying out the noble mission of equitable access to higher education, UT does not only reach its students in all corners of Indonesia, but also broad reach of students abroad. Specifically serving PTTJJ abroad, UT has collaborated with 39 Indonesian Embassies.