PH, Indonesia renew education pact

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The Department of Education (DepEd) and its Indonesian counterpart have recently renewed their partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting cooperation in basic and secondary education on a reciprocal basis.

The partnership also aims to promote collaboration in the advancement of knowledge and intellectual development.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones lauded the agreement describing it as the symbol of brotherhood, togetherness and oneness of Indonesia and the Philippines.

“This memorandum of understanding, brief as it is, recognizes and formalizes the great relationship between our DepEd and the Ministry of Education of Indonesia,” Briones said.

The Education secretary issued the statement during a recent welcome dinner for Education Minister Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy in Pasig City.

“I’m glad that we just signed the renewal of the MoU on education cooperation between our countries. I believe the renewal of the MoU will mark the joint efforts of both governments in strengthening cooperation in the field of education,” Effendy said.

The Indonesian official was likewise thankful for DepEd’s initiatives and commitment in promoting quality education not only in the Philippines but also in other parts of Southeast Asia.

To recall, the DepEd and the Ministry of Education of Indonesia signed an MoU on Basic Education last 8 March 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a validity of five years.

With the renewal of MoU in 2018, certain activities are set to be implemented in the next two years and to be reported in the next joint working group meeting in 2020 which Indonesia will host.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education’s Maritime Education Section has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2015 by the independent third-party certification body Anglo-Japanese American Registrars.

Officially registered on 6 December 2018 to 5 December 2021, the three-year quality management system certification covers the administration of the development, revision and implementation of the policies, standards and guidelines in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering programs in line with national and international standards.

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