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Forging Collaboration between SEAMOLEC and PUSTEKKOM in 2019

SEAMOLEC, Jakarta. Following up directive from Secretary General of Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) for SEAMOLEC to start synergizing and syncronizing activities and programmes with The Centre for ICT of MoEC (PUSTEKKOM), SEAMOLEC visited PUSTEKKOM on January 25, 2019. The coordination meeting was led by Head of PUSTEKKOM, Dr. Gogot Suharwoto who attended with all PUSTEKKOM’s Heads of Division.

Dr. Alpha Amirrachman, SEAMOLEC Director brought along his Deputy Directors and Managers. He presented SEAMOLEC’s priority programmes in 2019 and several proposed collaborative ICT-based open and distance learning activities in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and beyond. In response to SEAMOLEC’s presentation, Dr. Gogot also presented PUSTEKKOM’s priority programmes such as TV Edukasi, Rumah Belajar, ICT in Remote Areas, and computer-based test (CBT) system for National Examination.

The discussion went very fruitful and productive, it ended up with several important agreements. One of very feasible activities is for SEAMOLEC to promote PUSTEKKOM’s learning contents to Southeast Asian institution partners. Both institutions could select the best and available learning contents made by PUSTEKKOM which are still in Bahasa Indonesia, and convert it into English to be ready to use. PUSTEKKOM also interested in the idea of SEAMOLEC bridging Indonesian schools (that are under PUSTEKKOM) to be matched with Southeast Asian schools in sister school programme.

PUSTEKKOM also offered to provide infrastructure and network facilities for SEAMOLEC programmes and have cooperation in the conduct of seminar, workshop, and best practice sharing session which are related with open and distance learning issues. SEAMOLEC will as well bridge cooperation between PUSTEKKOM and SEAMEO INNOTECH in the Philippines as both institutions have relatively similar functions in each respective country, among others is to conduct ICT expert exchanged programme between two institutions.

In addition, SEAMOLEC ageeed to pay much more attention and research efforts to the development of open and distance learning models, which could be replicated in member countries and beyond, as the Centre is the only institution dedicated to open and distance learning issues in Southeast Asia.

The collaboration will soon to be started as both PUSTEKKOM and SEAMOLEC have appointed persons in charge to coordinate all joint activities. It is scheduled to have regular monthly meetings, and Head of PUSTEKKOM and SEAMOLEC Director agreed to directly monitor the flow of cooperation and the tangible follow up of all agreements. The meeting ended with a group photo session. **

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