JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education between Malaysia and Indonesia will be enhanced with focus to the given to research and innovation in seven areas of studies.

Besides, Malaysia will also offer scholarships to excellent Indonesian students who opted to pursue their tertiary education in Malaysia beginning next year.

Indonesian Research Technology and Higher Education Minister Prof H. Mohamad Nasir said the seven areas of focus would be food and agriculture; health and medicine; ICT; transport (land, air and water); nanotechnology; defend and security technology; renewable energy; and maritime.

"We will also encourage research with the signing of MoU (memorandum of understanding) for cooperation on the seven areas of focus," he told reporters after meeting with Malaysian Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh at his ministry here today.

The meeting which lasted an hour was also attended by representatives from public and private universities in both countries.

Meanwhile, Idris said 20 Indonesian students would be selected to receive the ministry's scholarships to study in Malaysia.

"This is a bilateral cooperation. We have our students here and they also have their students in Malaysia. On the field of studies, it is up to the students," he said.

Idris, who is here for a three-day working visit to Indonesia, had also delivered a keynote address titled 'Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Redesigning Higher Education' at the Malaysian Higher Education Exhibition here, which aimed at luring more Indonesian students to pursue their tertiary education in Malaysia.

The exhibition was participated by nine Malaysian public universities, namely Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abdidin, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Sarawak Malaysia (UNIMAS), and seven private universities, namely the Management and Science University, Lim Kok Wing University, Asia Pasific University of Tecnology and Innovation, Taylors College, SEGI University, HELP University, and Meritus University.


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