Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on a 3-day visit to Indonesia

Photo: Facebook screengrab/ Ong Ye Kung

Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Education Minister, is in Indonesia from today, January 8 (Tuesday) through January 10 (Friday) for an official visit. Ong is scheduled to meet with both business and political leaders and will be visiting the sites of joint projects between Indonesia and Singapore.

Joining Ong are other officials from the Ministry of Education.

The Indonesian officials Ong and his team are set to meet are Indonesia’s Minister for Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Minister for Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir, among other leaders, as well as members of Indonesia’s business sector.

The Straits Times reports that Ong will be visiting Block71 Jakarta, a start-up hub established in partnership between the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) entrepreneurial arm, NUS Enterprise, and Indonesian conglomerate Salim Group, which began in 2017. Expansion to Bandung and Yogyakarta occurred last year when Block71 facilities were set up in those cities.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that Ong is also going to Central Java, where he will visit a joint venture between Indonesia’s industrial estate developer PT Jababeka and Singapore’s Sembcorp Development, Kendal Industrial Park.
The 2,700-hectare industrial park was opened in a ceremony in 2016 by both Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who were attending a Leader’s Retreat.

During last year’s Leader’s Retreat, Prime Minister Lee took note of the industrial park’s further progress, since it has garnered US$500 million (S$678 million) in investments, with over 40 companies involved. Thousands of jobs are expected to be created at the industrial park.

At the park, Ong will be visiting Kendal Polytechnic, which opened lately. This facility is helping to provide more trained employees for available jobs.

Ong will also stand as a witness to an agreement signed between Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry and Singapore Polytechnic, showing the commitment of both countries to strengthen cooperation concerning creating research programs on Industry 4.0, the development of an innovation center, as well as vocational training.

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