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Sunday, November 13, 2016
UID signed MoU with Ministry of Manpower and Tsinghua University

MoU Signing between UID, Ministry of Manpower and Tsinghua University at Tri Dharma Auditorium, Ministry of Manpower, Jakarta

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Yayasan Upaya Indonesia Damai (UID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “Indonesian Human Capital Leadership and Innovation Development in Public Employment Policy” with the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia and a leading university in China, Tsinghua University. The MoU was signed by Minister of Manpower RI M. Hanif Dhakiri, President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong and Aristides Katoppo as one of the founder of Yayasan Upaya Indonesia Damai also known as United in Diversity (UID).

This MoU is realized upon initiation of UID as a non-profit institution that has been active in developing leadership and innovation of Indonesia human capital through collaborations with various leading universities, both in Indonesia such as the University of Indonesia (UI) and abroad such as MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia University, including Tsinghua University, which is one of the oldest and respected universities in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

"The MoU will not only open the opportunity to develop competence of the Civil State Apparatus of the Ministry of Manpower, but also other related stakeholders in public employment policy, such as Labor Union, members of legislative, and private sector, through education and leadership trainings in Tsinghua University”, said Minister of Manpower, M . Hanif Dhakiri.

Minister of Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri

Minister Hanif welcomes and appreciates the partnership between UID and Tsinghua University with the Ministry of Manpower. This partnership is expected to support the Ministry of Manpower in gathering all stakeholders (businesses, universities, NGOs and government) to address various labor problems in Indonesia as well as strengthening the three strategies of Ministry of Manpower in improving competitiveness and employment in Indonesia both in formal and informal sectors. These three strategies include improving the quality of human capital, empowering the unemployed and underemployed, and developing the entrepreneurial programs.

"The issue of employment must be addressed together by involving various sectors and stakeholders and we need positive social dialogues," said Hanif.

Minister Hanif is really impressed by how in a short time, PRC has successfully conducted reformation in many sectors. Started its economic reform in 1990, PRC now has become the locomotive of the world economy.

"The success of PRC government is certainly due to its robust policy in strengthening the human capital leadership and innovation. This is what we should learn from them. As a leading university in PRC, Tsinghua University has an extensive experience to support the government of PRC in developing its public and employment policy. We hope that this knowledge could be shared through this partnership,” said Hanif.

Meanwhile President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong greatly appreciate this MoU as an evidence of good relations between Indonesia and the PRC. "This MoU is one of Indonesia's commitment to the PRC that is not limited to the development of infrastructure, but also to the human capital development," said Qiu Yong.

He also said that this MoU adds to the long list of cooperation that Tsinghua University has been done with various countries around the world. "We are continuously trying to increase cooperation with various circles in various countries to create a wider network that will also be benefiting Indonesia," said Qiu Yong.

Meanwhile founder UID Cherie Nursalim said that through this partnership, UID is committed to contribute actively in facilitating the process of leadership and innovation development in Indonesia and PRC. Reflecting on UID’s experience in implementing leadership and innovation program in collaboration with MIT (IDEAS), multi-stakeholders learning has proven very effective in creating collaborations and innovations that have broad impact. "No less than 150 people in the last 10 years have participated in IDEAS program and they have successfully conducted positive transformations in private, government, and civil society sectors," said Cherie.

She added, UID and Tsinghua University have also agreed to develop Tsinghua Southeast Asia Centre in Indonesia as an innovative learning platform and research in various fields. This centre is expected to give birth to the high quality future leaders who will lead government, private and civil society sectors and able to create real solutions for the communities. "The presence of Tsinghua Southeast Asia Centre certainly will strengthen the implementation of the MoU," said Cherie.

In addition, she believes that once implemented, this MoU can contribute to the President Joko Widodo’s flagship program “Revolusi Mental” or Mental Revolution, as it is aligned with its vision to build new paradigm and spirit in managing Indonesia potentials to face the 21th century challenges. "Enhancing competency and innovation capacity of Indonesian human capital is very important to strengthen bureaucracy and public policy reformations, which is at the core of President Jokowi’s Mental Revolution program," said Cherie.

In addition to the MoU signing, President Tsinghua University and his delegates together with UID and APINDO also did a courtesy visit to the Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and conducted roundtable discussions co-hosted by APINDO which was attended by the high level officials of Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Research, Technology and High Education, and Creative Economy Agency (BEKRAF), as well as renowned digital companies in Indonesia.

The MoU was signed by President of Tsinghua University Qiu Yong, Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri and UID Founder Aristides Katoppo

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