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The cooperation with Japanese universities is considered to have potential and be advantageous for Indonesia because the field of engineering in Japan is very advanced., Jakarta – The Higher Education Service Institution (LLDIKTI) for Jakarta is initiating international cooperation with several universities abroad including those in India, Japan and Germany. “Since 2018, LLDIKTI Region III (for Jakarta area) has initiated international cooperation, especially with Indian, Japanese and German universities because they excel in certain aspects,” said Head of LLDIKTI Region III, Dr. Illah Sailah at a discussion with journalists here Monday (8/7/2019).

Research activities at Indian universities were very extensive with a large number of scientific books and publications produced by lecturers, Illah explained.

“In addition, Indian universities have a system that is similar to Indonesia, so we can share that with each other,” she added.

The cooperation with Japanese universities is considered to have potential and be advantageous for Indonesia because the field of engineering in Japan is very advanced.

“The engineering field in Japan is very strong. In addition, they have also implemented an education system that does not recognize any ranking system. And they maintain this system as part of their identity,” Illah said.

Meanwhile, cooperation with German universities, according to her, continues to be sought to increase and expand because the world of higher education in the western European country is very concerned about the labor market in accordance with its industrial needs.

Uzbekistan was also the target of international cooperation because as a country with a much smaller population (33 million people) than that of Indonesia, it has many universities, and is very eager to build cooperation with their partners in Indonesia, Illah further explained.

“Many good quality universities in Uzbekistan want to work with us. This international cooperation provides a great value for university accreditation,” she said, adding that this kind of cooperation could be in the form of dual degree and joint research for students and lecturers.

Now, it is a matter of pride for a higher education institution when it is can accept foreign students and send lecturers to teach at universities abroad, she stressed.

At present, there are 316 colleges in the LLDIKTI III working area. Of these, 133 higher education institutions have received institutional accreditation, consisting of 12 with accreditation A, 65 with accreditation B, and 56 with accreditation C.

Meanwhile, of the 1,808 study programs, 64 percent or 1,157 won accreditation B. (bpr)

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara., London – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara will be sharing Indonesia’s experience on press freedom at the Global Conference for Press Freedom Conference held in The Printworks, London on July 10 to 11. During his time in London, United Kingdom, Rudiantara, along with the Minister’s Special Staff in Media and Public Communications, Deddy Hermawan, also made an appearance in the meeting between Chevening scholars in Wisma Nusantara at the Indonesian Embassy in London Tuesday, July 7 evening. Chevening is an education scholarship program offered by the British government to students across the world.

The Global Conference for Press Freedom, held by the British and Canadian governments, became the pillar in the campaign to promote the protection of journalists while carrying out their duties. The conference also sought to promote press freedom across the world.

The event brings together more than 1,500 participants, including ministers, government officials, diplomatic communities, international organizations, journalists, civil members of society and academics. Challenges against the media and opportunities that can be created to promote a safer environment for journalists are also part of the discussion.

Freedom of the press is a universal principle, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt said in his opening speech at the conference.

Media freedom is not a western value, but rather, it is the best universal principle to protect the people from abuse of power and help countries explore their potentials, he believed.

Furthermore, strong protection against the dark side of power came from accountability and the role of the media as a watchdog, he said.

The Global Conference for Press Freedom is also being attended by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the British Secretary of State Special Envoy for Press Freedom, Amal Clooney.

Participants from more than 100 countries, including 60 ministers and more than 1,500 journalists are also attending the event. (zey)

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Indonesia and several other countries in Southeast Asia have been chosen by those in developed countries to be their alternative destinations for their waste., Jakarta – Over the past few months, Indonesia has repeatedly shown its objection toward becoming a dumping ground for foreign trash containing hazardous and toxic waste (B3 waste).

The Indonesian authorities who have thoroughly been checking containers full of foreign rubbish arriving at several seaports of the country have been sending the imported waste back to the countries of origin, including the United States and France.

This time, the firm stance was shown by the country’s related authorities handling eight containers comprising 210 tons of waste shipped from Brisbane’s seaport in Queensland, Australia, to Surabaya’s Tanjung Perak Port.

The authorities of Tanjung Perak Port’s Customs and Excise Office found that the containers were not just loaded with waste paper but also with a variety of household waste, such as used cans, plastic bottles, used engine oil packaging, and diapers.

The imported waste paper is often used as a raw material for industries. However, as revealed by Head of Tanjung Perak Port’s Customs and Excise Office, Basuki Suryanto, on Tuesday, the rubbish found in the eight containers might have contained B3 materials.

“This has been followed up with a physical examination by those from the Customs and Excise Office’s law enforcement unit,” he said.

Referring to this finding, the Environment and Forestry Ministry has recommended that this imported waste from Australia be shipped back to the country.

“Based on the ministry’s recommendation, we give the importer 90 days to send these eight containers of waste paper and other domestic rubbish back to Australia,” Suryanto said, adding that this was the second finding in Surabaya.

The first finding was recorded in early June in which waste from the United States of America evidently contained B3 materials. As a result, it was shipped back to its country of origin.

“The authorities imposing sanctions on importers belong to the Environment and Forestry Ministry,” he said.

Many municipalities and waste companies in developed countries, including Australia and the USA, have been struggling to find alternatives after China refused to be a dumping ground for foreign rubbish by banning imported waste since early 2018.

Cheryl Katz revealed in her article published in the Yale Environment 360 (2019) that “over the coming decades, as many as 111 million tons of plastic will have to find a new place to be processed or otherwise disposed of as a result of China’s ban”.

Indonesia and several other countries in Southeast Asia have been chosen by those in developed countries to be their alternative destinations for their waste.

Thus, imported waste has become a serious global challenge. Considering the importance of this issue, environmentalists had even raised the issue of imported plastic waste on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

Greenpeace, for instance, launched a petition, titled “No Space for Waste”, by urging the ASEAN leaders to “end plastic waste crisis”.

As published on its official website, this global environment watchdog appealed to all ASEAN member states to “declare an immediate ban on all imports of plastic waste and e-waste, even those meant for recycling, and ensure all ASEAN countries ratify the Basel Ban Amendment”.

Instead of specifically responding to the issue of imported plastic waste, the ASEAN leaders adopted the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN region on June 22.

Apart from the absence of the ASEAN leaders’ specific responses on imported waste at their recent summit in Bangkok, Indonesia has shown its firm stance on banning foreign waste.

Indonesia’s firm stance is not merely represented by the authorities in Surabaya but it is also shown by the Batam city government, which has recently banned imported plastic waste from being used as raw materials for industries in the coastal city.

The firm stance on banning imported plastic waste was taken by strictly implementing waste management regulations for environmental protection, Head of the Batam City Government’s Environmental Management Division IP said.

Related news: Batam city government bans use of imported plastic waste

“We reject those offering imported raw materials,” IP affirmed, adding that the Indonesian Customs and Excise officers had recently come across 65 containers of imported plastic waste. Drums, pipes, and buckets were among the plastic goods found loaded inside the containers, which were sent to Batuampar Port.

The importers of plastic waste contended that the containers were filled with raw materials for industries operating in Batam, he remarked.

Indonesia’s message is clear: It does not want to become the dumping ground for foreign rubbish, particularly waste containing B3 materials, which will. (riz)

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Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have the potential to establish cooperation in Umrah (minor Hajj) Digital Enterprise, as many Indonesian Muslims are eager to go to Saudi for Umrah., Jakarta – Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in digital economy. The MoU was signed by Indonesian Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara and Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha in Riyadh.

“We are committed to making this cooperation not just an MoU or a Memorandum of Understanding, but MoA, notably a Memorandum of Action,” Rudiantara said in a press statement Thursday ( 4/7/2019).

In the digital economy field, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have the potential to establish cooperation in Umrah (minor Hajj) Digital Enterprise, as many Indonesian Muslims are eager to go to Saudi for Umrah.

Umrah Digital Enterprise, it is believed, will be able to address problems concerning the Umrah departure process.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry will invite two Indonesian unicorns – Tokopedia and Traveloka, to run the Umrah Digital Enterprise.

“We are proud to present the two Indonesian unicorns – Tokopedia and Traveloka. I believe, this is a beginning of our collaboration in the digital economy to support the 2030 Vision of Saudi Arabia, and the vision of Indonesia, which is the largest digital economy in ASEAN,” he said.

Saudi Minister Alswaha lauded the cooperation with Indonesia.

“I believe that this partnership is very unique and special. We establish collaboration with the country having the largest Muslim population in the world. I am sure we could do more extraordinary things,” he said. (nat)

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