Ironwood Institute has signed five Memorandum of Understanding with various educational institutes in Indonesia during the Ministerial led Business Mission to Indonesia and the Philippines from 2nd April to 8th April 2017. Interestingly new partners are from Indonesia’s High School, Vocational and Higher education sector.
On 3rd April 2017, Mr Navtej Bal CEO of Ironwood signed two separate MoUs with Agriculture University Bogor and Institute Government of Home Affairs (IPDN) at the Governor’s office in Bandung, the state capital of West Java. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Honourable Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Investment and Trade South Australia and the Honourable Ahmad Heryawan, Governor of West Java.
On 4th April 2017, Mr Bal signed three separate MoUs with Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negeri 63 Jakarta (Agriculture High School), SMK Pemuda 3 Blitar, East Java and STIKS Tarakanita Jakarta. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr Michael Guerin Director, South East Asia Department State Development and Mr Mark Cody, Executive Officer of Primary Industries Skills Council.
The events were supported by the South Australian Department of State Development (DSD), Study Adelaide, Primary Industries Skills Council SA and Knowledge Exchange International.
Mr Bal also acknowledged the key role played by Dr. Rini Budiyanti and her team at Knowledge Exchange International to facilitate the collaborations.
“The partnership with Indonesia is highly important as Australia’s closest and biggest neighbour country” said Minister Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith.
All parties welcomed the collaboration as it will offer Indonesian graduates an opportunity to study in Adelaide, Australia’s premier learning city.
The collaboration will develop long term co-operation in the development of skills and knowledge in the field of agribusiness across a range of subject matters and disciplines including;
- Organic farming
- Irrigation and water management;
- Agribusiness and farm management;
- Natural resource and environmental management;
- Business management;
- Leadership and communication;
- Change management;
- Marketing and Communication;
- English as a second language;
- Other areas as identified
Ironwood have extended an invitation to their new partners to visit South Australia in 2017 and experience the State of premium food and wine and to further strengthen the educational ties between their organisations.