Minister Bruton concludes 5-day Enterprise Ireland education mission to Indonesia and Malaysia

20th September 2018

Links between Irish Higher Education Institutes and partners in Indonesia and Malaysia further strengthened with signing of 19 bilateral agreements

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the signing of nineteen new MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) between Irish higher education institutions and top Indonesian and Malaysian universities during a five-day education mission to the region this week (16th-20th September 2018).
The MOUs aim to increase collaboration at undergraduate and postgraduate level and develop new academic and research partnerships.

Speaking on the final day of the visit, Minister Bruton said: “Increasing international cooperation is a key objective under my Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade. By strengthening and building on our partnerships with institutions in these countries, we can ensure mutual benefit for both the institutions and students alike. Our higher education institutions have worked hard on developing new strategic partnerships in Indonesia and Malaysia which will increase mobility of staff and students in both directions and enhance capability in research and innovation”.

The Minister was leading an Enterprise Ireland education mission to Indonesia and Malaysia under the brand of ‘Education in Ireland’. Twelve Irish higher education institutions participated, 7 of which signed bilateral agreements with partners in Indonesia and Malaysia. Dublin based ICDL Foundation also signed an agreement with the Malaysian Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton also signed a MOU with Minister Muhammad Nasir representing the Indonesian Ministry for Research & Technology and Higher Education (Ristekdikti). This agreement will allow for further development of higher education relations between Ireland and Indonesia. It will furthermore act as a catalyst to enable higher education institutions in both countries to work in a collaborative way in addressing global challenges.

Giles O’Neill, Education in Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, who accompanied Minister Bruton on the education mission, added: “The purpose of this Education in Ireland mission is to promote the higher education offer from the 12 participating HEIs and consolidate existing partnerships through the signing of 19 Memorandums of Understanding, providing a basis for deeper international collaboration in the ASEAN region, a key objective under our 2020 plans. The opportunities for partnership are immense – higher education is becoming increasingly important in Indonesia which has a population of 261 million people, over half of whom are under 30 years of age. Similarly, third level qualifications are highly valued in Malaysia – 70,000 choose to study overseas annually, many looking to Ireland for their higher education.


*Memorandums of Agreement / Understanding signed during the 5-day Education in Ireland mission to Indonesia and Malaysia;

Athlone Institute of Technology and Binus University
University of Limerick and Universitas Indonesia
National University of Ireland Galway and Universitas Indonesia
Athlone Institute of Technology and Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia
Athlone Institute of Technology and KDU University College, Malaysia
Athlone Institute of Technology and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Athlone Institute of Technology and University of Malaya
Cork Institute of Technology and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Dublin Business School and HELP University, Malaysia
Dublin Business School and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Malaysia
Dublin Business School and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Dublin City University and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Maynooth University and UCSI University, Malaysia
National University of Ireland, Galway and the International Medical University
National University of Ireland, Galway and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
University of Limerick and Fairview College, Malaysia
University of Limerick and Universiti Kuala Lumpur
University of Limerick and University of Malaya
ICDL Foundation and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Malaysia

Participating Higher Education Institutes:

Athlone Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Dublin Business School
Dublin City University
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Griffith College (through partner in Indonesia)
Maynooth University
NUI, Galway
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland RCSI
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick


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