Consul General to Foster Education Cooperation between Indonesia and Southern Germany

To promote education and research cooperation between Universities in Germany and Indonesia, Consul General Toferry Primanda Soetikno met with Prof. Dr. Monika Arnez, Chair of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies – Southeast Asia and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Chair of Southeast Asia Studies at Passau University, Bavaria, German on July 2, 2018.

Passau University is the only University in Bavaria that offers Southeast Asian Studies and most of the Southeast Asian languages. Its research in development studies also has unique focus on sociology and social transformation processes in Southeast Asia.

Both Professors admit that most research themes in development studies in German universities are still focusing on European and African countries, while Southeast Asia is still geographically too far. Therefore, it is quite a challenge to present the exoticism of Southeast Asia as research subject. Consul General Soetikno put forward exchanges of lectures and students as well as joint research between universities to exhibit the relevance of Southeast Asia Studies. The Consul General urged to build a network between Universities in Germany and Indonesia to attract more attention to the region and especially Indonesia.

Consul General Soetikno was also invited to deliver a lecture on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 in Indonesia to 70 students and faculties of Passau University. In his lecture, Consul General told his audiences of Indonesia's geographical uniqueness as an archipelagic country with very heterogenous population which is a challenge to implement the SDGs. However, Indonesia is committed to achieve these goals by mainstreaming them to the Medium-Term National Development Plan (RPJMN) dan the Long-Term Development Plan (RPJP).