Generating growth through investments in people

Education, skills development and human resources are vital to a country’s prosperity and international competitiveness. In recent decades, Indonesia has made great progress in capacity building and widening access to basic education but consolidating these successes and developing education and training systems that support a growing and increasingly sophisticated economy remain central to improving the country’s prospects. 

Skills development and knowledge exchange are priorities for the EU and EU Member States in their partnership with Indonesia. These activities aim to support the Indonesian government in building human capacity and fostering human development. Improved education, skills development and capacity building are not only critical to increasing employment opportunities, but they also enhance mutual understanding, allow new ideas and learning to flow for the benefit of all, and are central to finding solutions to shared challenges such as climate change.

Aside from capacity building in the public sector and civil society, EU cooperation supports higher education and mobility of students and researchers through the Erasmus+ programme. Indonesia-based entities are also active participants in the EU Research Framework Programmes, including Horizon 2020, which will be followed by Horizon Europe from 2021. In the ASEAN region, the EU also supports initiatives to harmonise higher education frameworks – including the mutual recognition of qualifications and regional credit transfer systems – by providing scholarships and a platform to enable sharing of best practices. Further scholarships are provided to Indonesian students and researchers by EU Member States.

The benefits of knowledge exchanges are not limited to the individuals taking part. Improved connectivity in education and research promotes mutual understanding and helps build inclusive societies which place priority on well-being and social welfare.

A proven success

The 11th European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) Indonesia, an annual exhibition for prospective students who wish to pursue their education in Europe, was held in Surabaya, Jakarta and Bandung in late October and early November 2019.

As a one-stop destination providing information on study in Europe and for European higher education institutions, the event promotes Europe as a destination for higher education, providing attendees with the opportunity to consult with representatives of European higher education institutions on study programmes, scholarship opportunities and application procedures. It is the largest education fair in Indonesia, and one of the largest of its kind in the world.

EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

International Credit Mobility
1,341 Indonesian students and staff have received scholarships to study or receive training in Europe since 2015

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees 
622 Indonesian students have received funding since 2014, giving Indonesia the fifth highest number of awardees globally. In 2020, there was a record of 61 Indonesian Awardees.

Capacity Building In Higher Education (CBHE) 
117 Indonesian youth have participated
in CBHE projects since 2015

Jean Monnet Activities 
3 Indonesian universities have received Jean Monnet funding to support courses on European Studies since 2015

Celebrating education, training, youth and sport

On 12 October 2019, the EU Delegation in Indonesia celebrated Erasmus Day, a global event aimed at sharing knowledge about Erasmus+’. In Indonesia, attendees had the chance to meet Erasmus+ alumni and learn about their experiences, obtain information about Erasmus+ scholarships, meet the then EU Ambassador-designate to Indonesia, Vincent Piket, and play environment-themed games created by Erasmus alumni. In total in 2019, 3,995 Erasmus Day events were held in 53 countries around the world.

Research and Technology – Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion funding available between 2014 and 2020. It couples research and innovation to facilitate collaboration between the public and private sectors in tackling societal challenges. A successor programme will be set up for the years 2021-2027.

EU-Indonesia collaborative projects cover areas that include climate action, the environment, resource efficiency, food security, ICT, and research infrastructures.

As part of Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. They enable research-focused organisations such as universities, research centres and companies to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation, from fundamental research to market take-up and innovation services.