University of Applied Sciences

Stenden co-initiator Erasmus Training Centre in Jakarta

Monday 13 February 2017

Today, Mrs. Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, officially opened the Erasmus Training Centre in Jakarta. The centre supports reciprocal student mobility between Indonesia and the Netherlands, and serves as a platform for training of Indonesian professionals. The Erasmus Training Centre is an initiative by four universities from the Netherlands (Leiden, Stenden, VU Amsterdam, and Groningen), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Nuffic Neso Indonesia.

The centre will support Indonesian students and academics to get access to Dutch higher education by offering courses in English, Dutch and academic skills. For Dutch nationals and other international arrivals in Jakarta, it will offer courses in Bahasa Indonesia.

In addition to its focus on language and preparation courses, the Erasmus Training Centre will serve as a platform for the Dutch universities to offer training programmes in Jakarta and beyond for the benefit of Indonesian professionals and the organisations they work for. During the opening event, around 100 Indonesian alumni from Dutch higher education were present, as well as their employers to discuss the benefits of studying abroad and lifelong learning.

Minister Bussemaker said: “I hope that the new Erasmus Training Centre can act as an enabler for more people-to-people contact between Indonesia and the Netherlands and to the further internationalisation of both Indonesian and Dutch education. My congratulations to the participating Dutch universities and other initiating parties with this unique international cooperation”.