The University of Nottingham is leading an initiative to boost the UK’s business links with Indonesia.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency T M Hamzah Thayeb, was the guest of honour at a special event at the University – one of the UK’s largest recruiters of students from the country.
The event was designed to support Indonesian students based at universities across the UK who return to their home country to work after graduating.
Panel sessions at the event were designed to offer Indonesian students careers advice on working in business and management, the latest UK visa information and guidance on corporate social responsibility. Students were also provided with opportunities to network with senior executives of the participating companies which sponsored the event.
Among the guests were representatives of global businesses with Indonesian subsidiaries, including Jardines Ltd, BP, Shell, McKinsey, Permata Bank, Prudential and Fluor.
The University of Nottingham has a history of dedication to establishing links with Indonesia. It signed a long-term partnership in November last year which enabled Nottingham to join forces with one of Indonesia’s leading universities to train some of their best and brightest postgraduate engineers.
Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, said: “As the Indonesian economy grows and develops, it will increasingly need the skills and competencies that can be developed through an international higher education. And as the UK seeks to extend its engagement with Indonesia, it is essential that we do as much as we can to ensure that these Indonesian graduates can contribute to the economic and social well-being of their communities.”
The University of Nottingham is the first British higher education institution to host such an event.
Charles Humfrey, Chairman of the Anglo-Indonesian Society, said: “This unique event is reaching out to all Indonesian students in Britain and encouraging them to take future opportunities in business with Britain and the British companies.
“It is forecasted that Indonesia will be the world's seventh largest economy by 2030. Britain needs to grasp this enormous business opportunity that represents and builds a genuine partnership with this very important and friendly country.”
Vania Gunawan, member of the Indonesia Society at The University of Nottingham and currently studying for a master’s degree in Risk Management, added: “This event enables Indonesian students to meet experts in the global business. I believe I will gain plenty of information on skills and experience needed for entering this very competitive area.”
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