BANDUNG CITY- Acting (Acting) Regional Secretary (Sekda) of West Java Province (West Java) Daud Achmad received a courtesy call of the European Union (EU) Ambassador / Ambassador (Ambassador) of the European Union in the Lokantara Room Gedung Sate, Bandung, Monday (Monday) 11/4/19).
The honorary visit of the EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Piket to the West Java Governor's Office this time aimed at emphasizing the European Union's support for Indonesia, especially in the field of education.
In addition, the courtesy call Vincent Piket also responded to the invitation of the CEO & Ambassador Breakfast Meeting led by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil on 24 October.
In the meeting on Monday (4/11), a number of points were generated, beginning with a discussion of the potential for further cooperation in various forms of loan assistance programs for the energy, environment and sustainable development sectors, especially for West Java.
He also conveyed, the European Union has collaborated with Padjadjaran University (Unpad) for tourism education as a form of support for the development of Human Resources (HR) in the tourism sector.
In this case, Daud proposed that the Unpad Campus in Pangandaran could be optimized as a collaborative laboratory. To note, the West Java Provincial Government is revitalizing the West and East Coasts of Pangandaran in an effort to realize the Regency. Pangandaran as a Tourism District.
Next, Piket expressed interest in the digital design program and will offer it to several European Union countries.
Related to the main agenda of support in the field of education, Piket meanwhile explained, it was holding the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) on 5 November 2019 at Sasana Budaya Ganesa Bandung.
The event opens opportunities for cooperation between universities in West Java and the European Union in the field of higher education through funding schemes from the European Union and related countries or funding from Indonesia itself for student exchange programs.
For the West Java Provincial Government, the opportunity for cooperation in the field of education can be utilized to explore the development of West Java State Civil Service (ASN) education both through higher education as well as technical and managerial skills training.
"By mapping in advance about the potential and development needs of the West Java apparatus," said Daud.
Daud also said that his party would explore the potential of developing secondary education especially vocational education to pursue the need for standardization of international expertise, including in sustainable tourism.
Ending the meeting, Piket also emphasized that the European Union continued to review the potential for other cooperation with West Java through investment books obtained at the CEO & Ambassador Breakfast Meeting.
Also present to accompany Daud when he received the courtesy call Piket was a representative from the Social Services Bureau of the West Java Provincial Secretariat, the West Java Bappeda, the West Java Provincial BKN, and the West Java Provincial Education Agency,
Aside from the courtesy call with the West Java Provincial Government in Gedung Sate, Piket also paid an honorary visit and gave a public lecture entitled 'The Role of Higher Education and Research in Supporting European-Indonesian Cooperation Relations' at the Unpad Campus in Bandung.
"International cooperation between universities (in Indonesia and Europe) is good for both parties because it strengthens the quality of study and research programs," Piket said in his official statement.