A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Centre for Vocational and Art Courses of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (ISMEK) and Ministry of National Education (MONE) of the Republic of Indonesia on 5 April 2011 during the official visit of H.E. Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey and Chairman of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC).
Witnessed by H.E. Mohammad Nuh, Minister of Education of the Republic of Indonesia, the MoU aims to develop cooperation and collaboration between the Institutions in the areas of common interest so as to facilitate the attainment of the goals of the institutions with a view to enhancing cooperation in vocational, technical and art education and training among the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Turkey.
According to the MoU, the parties shall exchange technical and administrative assistance in matters of common interest, share information to benefit from each other’s experiences, resources and expertise with respect to best practices, potential projects and initiatives related to vocational education and training.
Moreover, the parties shall explore, and undertake other joint programmes, initiatives and/or technical activities within the framework of Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET) being executed by SESRIC, and to augment the support required to achieve common objectives as well as promote joint action on issues of mutual interest.
The MoU reflects the common objectives of SESRIC, ISMEK and MONE of Indonesia towards improving ability in creating job, increase responsiveness to the need of local as well as international labour market, and realise Vocational Education and Training (VET) Institutions with high capability to provide graduates, with entrepreneurial and competitive skills.