Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation is working with one of Australia’s biggest universities, Monash University, to improve transportation function and level of service in Indonesia.
“Indonesia wants to be a competitive country,” said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi through his official statement in Jakarta. “We have a lot of ideas about infrastructure for ports and railways.”
Budi considers Australia as a neighbour that has a lot of experience and good international reputation in this field. For this reason, the Ministry has invited Monash University to collaborate and conduct joint discussions to gain experience and knowledge in the development of the transportation sector.
The agreement with Monash University includes a policy dialogue discussing Transit Oriented Development (TOD), digital transport solutions, education and training, applied research, and consultation.
“We will examine how TOD can be effective. In education, we can also study (in Australia) through scholarships. We want to encourage young and senior staff to study both at home and abroad. We also want the community to continuously learn about a more comprehensive transportation concept,” he explained.
Also present at the event were Secretary General of the Ministry of Transportation Sugihardjo, Director General of Land Transport Budi Setiyadi, Director General of Air Transportation Agus Santoso, President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Margaret Gardner, and The Australia Indonesia-Centre Digital Economy Fellow Helen Brown.
The Minister said there is a lot to learn within the transportation sector because the scope of transportation in Indonesia is very large and needs to be developed.
He said, “If we use old methods, we may not solve our problems. But we can learn new thing by partnering with universities.”
He emphasised that Indonesia must soon develop a mass transportation system that can reduce congestion, “(Monash) have ways to improve (mass transportation). For example, we currently accommodate one million people on trains. We need to find a way to create a facility that can accommodate three to four million people in innovative ways, without overly expensive investment”.