Victoria To Play Key Role In Indonesian Rail Project

Victorian expertise will play a key role in the delivery of Jakarta’s historic $1.6 billion rail investment with Monash University striking an agreement with the project’s developers.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today oversaw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) and Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) Jakarta, as part of his ten day visit to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Under the agreement, IRT and MRT will work collaboratively on Indonesian infrastructure projects including providing advice on the 14.5km mass rapid transit system under construction in Jakarta.

The agreement will see Monash IRT offer technical assistance and professional advice in railway engineering; they will also provide access to professional capacity building, including training and skills development and will work on the joint development of technical standards and quality assurance for future MRT operations.

This agreement demonstrates the strength and global reach of Victoria’s world class universities and the opportunities available to Victorian institutions in our region.

Mr Herbert is visiting South East Asia to further Victoria’s reputation as a leading international education destination and to open up new markets.

Yesterday, he met with Indonesia’s Vice Minister of Finance to discuss the strengths of Victoria’s higher education and VET sectors and opportunities for future collaboration between Victorian and Indonesian institutions.

He also met with the ASEAN Secretariat where William Angliss Institute’s work across ASEAN member nations to develop competency standards, curriculum and training materials was discussed. The meeting underscored the quality of Victoria’s TAFE providers and flexibility in being able to respond to the region’s needs.

The Andrews Labor Government has identified international education as one of the six key priority growth sectors that it is supporting through its $200 million Future Industries Fund.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $32 million to drive continued growth in international education and to help implement the International Education Sector Strategy.

International education is Victoria’s number one service export, generating $5.6 billion dollars for the local economy while supporting more than 30,000 jobs across the state.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“This is a great example of Victorian expertise and innovation playing a key role in what is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in our region.”

“Victoria has some of the world’s best universities and I congratulate Monash for striking such an important MoU with Mass Rapid Transport Jakarta.”

“We’re putting Victorian Universities and TAFEs on the world stage to cement our status as a leading education destination.”