Metro, Suara.com- The Indonesian Attaché for Education and Culture (Atdikbud) in Canberra continues to improve educational cooperation with various institutions in Australia, one of which is the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) which has a campus in Canberra.
CIT is a Canberra government-owned vocational school that offers a wide range of expertise programs required by industry in Australia.
Through his working visit to CIT, Atdikbud Mukhamad Najib offered educational cooperation programs between CIT and vocational education institutions in Indonesia, including the IISMAVO program. student operations.
CIT expressed interest in participating in the Vocational edition of the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMAVO) program which was presented by Atdikbud RI in Canberra.
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In addition, several programs that were presented were sending students, increasing the capacity of polytechnic lecturers and strengthening the Indonesian language program. So far, CIT also has a Diplomat Academy, one of which teaches Indonesian. In fact, Indonesian is the subject with the most interest.
“This program provides opportunities for vocational students in Indonesia to learn and experience industrial environments abroad. In this program, selected students are given scholarships by the government to study abroad for one semester,” explained Najib on Monday (26/9).
He said that CIT was invited to participate in IISMAVO, because it was considered to have a close relationship with industry and experience in managing international students.
“The strong relationship between CIT and industry makes it easier for Indonesian vocational students who are sent to CIT to get internship placements in the industry. In addition, every year CIT accepts no less than 500 international students, so they are used to managing international students,” explained Najib.
Atdikbud also explained that the IISMAVO program is currently running for the first year and there have been students sent to Australia.
“Currently there are 55 vocational students from various universities and polytechnics in Indonesia who are participating in the IISMAVO program in Australia. Some of them in Melbourne and some in Western Australia. I hope that CIT can join as well so that IISMAVO students can spread to Canberra,” concluded Najib.
Meanwhile, Catherine expressed her appreciation and interest in the IISMAVO program.
“This shows the Indonesian government’s great attention to the progress of vocational schools in Indonesia. Indonesia and Australia are very close, not only in terms of distance but also from the good relationship that has been built so far. CIT is very interested in participating in strengthening human resources in Indonesia, especially in the vocational field,” he said.
The areas that excel at CIT include Art and Design, Business, Accounting and IT, Building and Construction, Health and Community Services, Hospitality and Culinary and Project Management. “We have fields that I believe are very much needed in Indonesia, such as information technology, construction, project management, and others. Therefore, we are ready if invited to participate in IISMAVO. We are also ready to assist in capacity building programs for vocational lecturers in Indonesia,” added Catherine.
CIT is a vocational education institution with 90 years of experience in providing technical and advanced education in the Canberra region and beyond. Currently, CIT accepts around 20,000 students annually.