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VOInews, Singapore: Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander, General Agus Subiyanto, was awarded the Singapore Meritorious Service Medal by the Singapore Government during a working visit to Singapore to protect national interests through military diplomacy, at the Singapore Ministry of Defence office here on Thursday (11/07/2024).


"I am very proud and feel it is an honour for me and my family to receive this award," the TNI Commander said during a meeting with Singapore's Minister for Defence DR Ng Eng Hen.


According to, the TNI Commander was presented with Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera), by President Tharman Shanmugaratnam through Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence office in Singapore.


"The award is in recognition of his contribution in strengthening the close defence relationship and cooperation between the TNI and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) during his tenure as Chief of Army Staff (KASAD)," Puspen TNI wrote. 


Under the leadership of General Agus Subiyanto, the two armed forces expanded professional interactions and people-to-people relations through regular high-level visits, courses, professional exchanges and bilateral and multilateral exercises. These interactions have enhanced interoperability and mutual understanding between the personnel of the two armed forces.


Beginning with a meeting with the Chief of the Singapore Armed Forces (CDF SAF) Vice Admiral Aaron Beng to discuss future cooperation between the TNI and the SAF, the TNI Commander then held a CC with Singapore's Minister of Defence, a CC with Singapore's Prime Minister and continued with the co-chairmanship of the 25th Indonesia-Singapore High Level Committee. 





VOInews, Yogyakarta: The Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology (Wamenkominfo) encourages Sekolah Tinggi Multi Media (STMM) students to keep up with the development of the digital space by increasing creativity and innovation. This was conveyed in the keynote speech at the opening of the Introduction to Campus Life for New Students (PKKMB) 2024 at the Multi Media College (STMM), Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Thursday (11/07/2024).


"All of you here, I am sure you are familiar with the digital world, at least you use social media platforms diligently to follow developments, you can see how the dynamics of conversations on social media. Use social media for creative things. If we go to Instagram, Facebook or TikTok today, there is so much content that is made very creatively," said Deputy Minister Nezar Patria. 


In addition, the Deputy Minister encouraged the new students of STMM Yogyakarta to make use of various facilities and lecture processes, and to express their creativity as much as possible in order to develop digital skills and creativity.


"Participate in activities on campus, especially to improve your skills. Don't like to skip lectures, you will lose yourself because the tuition fees here are quite affordable. Compared to private schools where tuition fees can be very expensive for the same knowledge," he said.


Deputy Minister Nezar Patria welcomed the new generation of the digital age who have chosen to pursue higher education at the campus under the auspices of the Ministry of Communication and Information.


"I would like to welcome you and welcome you to the Yogyakarta Multi Media College. This is the school of the future, all of you will fill a very strategic space in the future, which is the space of the digital industry," he said.


According to the deputy minister, the new students have chosen STMM as the right college to master the digital technology of the future. 


"So, once again, you have been chosen to learn and master the digital technology of the future and make the most of this opportunity," he said.


A total of 465 students from six study programmes participated in the STMM 2024 PKKMB activities, which took place from 11 to 13 July 2024. The event was attended by the head of the Human Resources Research and Development Agency (BPSDM) of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Hary Budiarto, the head of STMM Noor Iza, and the senate and academic community of STMM Yogyakarta.


Source: Kominfo RI



VOInews, Jakarta: Cooperation between Indonesia and France in the field of education, between universities and research institutes of both countries will be stronger. This was conveyed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Suharti at the 13th Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting in the field of higher education, research and innovation which took place at Surabaya State University (Unesa) from 2 to 5 July 2024. "Through the cooperation between the two countries in conducting the JWG on a regular basis, cooperation in the fields of higher education, research, and innovation can be even stronger. Relationships between countries, including networks between universities in both countries and research institutions can be stronger," said Suharti in Surabaya on Wednesday (3/7).

Suharti added that the cooperation between Indonesia and France is expected to encourage the achievement of better educational outcomes and research results that can be utilised by both countries. "We also hope that cooperation in the field of culture, especially through the role of universities, can also be strengthened," she added.


Regarding the strengthening of the Merdeka Learning Campus Merdeka (MBKM) programme, Suharti said that the Indonesian Government appreciates the support of the French Government in facilitating access to cooperation with universities in France to be able to accept Indonesian students who pursue education in France through the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) and IISMA Co-Funding programmes.


On the same occasion, French Ambassador to Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and ASEAN, Fabien Penone, said that cooperation between Indonesia and France has been going on for a long time. "Cooperation in science has been going on for a long time between Indonesia and France. However, today we have to face new challenges, including the digital economy, biodiversity, and social science. We believe that what we need to develop to face these challenges is networking. We want to continue to strengthen our network with key actors in Indonesia to better understand and explore cooperation in education and science in Indonesia," Ambassador Fabien said.


Fabien said that the French government is open to welcoming more Indonesian students to visit and study in France. "This is a priority for us and of course, to achieve this, we are also working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. This is a priority that our President conveyed to President Joko Widodo," said Fabien.


Furthermore, Fabien revealed that Indonesia is one of the most important partners for France. France has a great interest in learning from Indonesia. "This is why our universities and research institutes are very happy to collaborate with Indonesia. The key word is partnership. We hope to establish long-term, not just short-term, co-operation between the two countries. We want to cooperate with Indonesia for a very long time," he said.


Meanwhile, the Rector of Surabaya State University, Nurhasan, said that to achieve the vision of a Golden Indonesia 2045, the Indonesia-France JWG is very important to encourage collaboration to create superior human resources.


Furthermore, Director of Europe I, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Widya Sadnovic, revealed that France has been a strategic partner of Indonesia for a long time. She added that the implementation of the JWG is one of the important implementations of the Plan of Action on Strategic Partnership between Indonesia and France signed in 2021. "Politically, the cooperation has been very close. Our task now is to continue to fill it in, one of which is with cooperation in the fields of economy, education and research," Widya concluded.


Source: Kemdikbud RI





VOInews, Jakarta: Implementing a green economy can support national economic growth of more than 6% and create more than 4.4 million jobs by 2045. Green economy is one of the supporting factors for economic transformation to get out of the middle income trap. This was conveyed by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto in his virtual speech at the opening of the Green Economy Expo 2024, themed "Advancing Technology, Innovation and Circularity", in Jakarta on Wednesday (3/7).

"The implementation of the green economy in the long term is projected to stabilise economic growth at an average of 6.22% until 2045, reduce emissions by 86 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and create up to 4.4 million jobs," he said.


According to a written statement from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, obtained by Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Thursday (4/7/2024), there are two opportunities that can be exploited in developing a green economy. "The first opportunity is the transition of existing economic activities. In the energy sector, transition efforts are directed through the application of new and renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydro and biomass energy," the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs wrote.


The green and circular economy will help industries in Indonesia to be competitive in terms of sustainability. "Currently, there are 152 companies that have Green Industry Certificates, and of course the number is expected to increase in the future. These Green Industry Certificates provide economic benefits, including energy savings worth Rp 3.2 trillion per year and water savings worth Rp 169 billion per year," he continued.


The second opportunity is to create new economic growth centres through the development of innovative circular sectors and activities, including sustainable natural resource-based industries or bio-economy, blue economy and waste utilisation. "As one of the megabiodiversity countries, the bio-economy industry in Indonesia has great potential for development. The government has developed 22 special economic zones (SEZs), which need to be encouraged to adopt green and circular economy principles so that they can be widely recognised and attract green investment," said the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.


It is known that many start-ups and new companies have emerged whose core business is based on the 9R principles of circular economy, namely Refuse - Rethink - Reduce - Reuse - Repair - Refurbish - Remanufacture - Recycle - Recover. The startup is an innovation of creative young people, who see an opportunity gap in the implementation of the circular economy and green economy. "MSMEs can also be the main actors in the transition to a circular economy. For example, repair businesses, used electronics collection and waste recycling businesses. Both start-ups and MSMEs need mentoring and financial support for their business development to grow big and contribute significantly to the national economy," Airlangga said.


Airlangga also welcomed the launch of the Circular Economy Roadmap and Action Plan and the Food Waste and Waste Management Roadmap. "These two documents will be a milestone for the future of Indonesia's green and sustainable economy, which will benefit both society and the archipelago's nature," Airlangga concluded.