Humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Indonesia (RI) is concentrated mainly in the fields of education, culture and tourism.
Educational cooperation largely takes place within the framework of cooperation between higher education institutions of Ukraine and Indonesia, based on the relevant cooperation agreements.
Thus, during 2015-2018, six memoranda of understanding were concluded between Ukrainian and Indonesian universities: between V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and Haja Mada University (Yogyakarta); between Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University (Lutsk) and Parakhyangan Catholic University (Bandung); between National Aviation University and Telcom University (Bandung); between Ukrainian Islamic University (Kyiv) and the Islamic School "Darunaja" (Jakarta); between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Telkom University (Bandung); between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the University of Indonesia (Jakarta). In addition, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Ukrainian Science and Technology Center (STCU) and the Bandung Institute of Technology, which is one of the oldest research universities in Indonesia.
In 2020, Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, which is considered one of the best agricultural universities in Ukraine, began cooperation with Bogor Agricultural University (Objective - exchange of academics and students, seminars/summer schools and joint research).
One of the brightest examples of successful cooperation is the introduction of teaching Indonesian at the Department of Oriental Languages of the Institute of Philology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2012).
There are regular student exchanges within the international educational program of the Government of RI "Darmasisva" (one-year study on the basis of higher education of students from Ukraine in RI) and the International Non-Governmental Organization of Student Exchange and Volunteering "AIESEC" (sending students from RI to Ukraine).
In the 2019-2020 academic year, 12 Ukrainians studied at RI universities, 31 Indonesians studied in Ukraine (4 at Ukrainian universities and 27 Indonesians underwent professional internship programs at AIESEC in Ukraine) as part of the RI Darmasiswa Government program.
Some projects in the field of cultural diplomacy are being implemented.
On June 21-23, 2019, a delegation of Kyiv headed by the Deputy Mayor of Kyiv Marina Honda paid a visit to Jakarta at the invitation of the Governor of the Special Capital District of Jakarta Anies Baswedan. The purpose of the visit was the implementation of the Agreement on the establishment of twinning relations between the cities of Kyiv and Jakarta, signed in 2007, participation in ceremonial events to celebrate the 492nd anniversary of Jakarta, as well as the opening ceremony of the monument to Anna Yaroslavna and theatrical performances "Edigna. Daughter of Anna Kyivska and Henry I "in one of the parks of Jakarta. The monument to the Princess of Kyiv is a replica of a statue erected on Lvivska Square in Kyiv as part of the Way of the Queen project, and is a sister gift from Kyiv to Jakarta.
Participation in the Jakarta International Folklore Festival of the Kyiv Academic Ensemble of Ukrainian Music "Dnipro" (September 13-15, 2019) caused a significant resonance in RI.
On October 28, 2020, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies, the NGO ALEM held an online webinar on "Cross-Culture" - a creative collaboration aimed at combining Crimean Tatar and Indonesian intangible cultural heritage. As part of this project, an exclusive collection of bright scarves and shawls was created. Crimean Tatar ornamental motifs "Ornek", with the help of Indonesian technique "Batik", are depicted on Margilan handmade silk. The combination of traditional motifs with modern fashion trends has shown that national culture is a bright, lively and dynamic phenomenon that is constantly evolving, while maintaining its relevance.
In 2020, Ornek was included in the preliminary UNESCO list for possible inclusion in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Every year, Ukraine traditionally participates in RI's leading European film festival, Europe on Screen. From November 16 to 30, 2020, Ukraine took part in the next annual European Film Festival to show the film about Crimean Tatars "Homeward" by Crimean Tatar director Nariman Aliyev and actor Akhtem Seitablaev.
Due to the lack of a Ukrainian community in RI, cultural, educational and informational events on Ukrainian issues are more public and are held mainly as part of international events in RI with the participation of other members of the international community.
The sphere of tourism has significant prospects for bilateral cooperation, because, having a strong tourism potential, the relevant RI industry is designed for different categories of tourists.
RI citizens, on the other hand, are increasingly traveling to European countries, and Ukraine, with its competitive prices, is a potentially attractive tourist destination.
The introduction by the Indonesian side in 2016 of a visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine, as well as the introduction by our country in 2018 of "electronic visas" for citizens of RI contributes to the growth of bilateral tourist exchange.
In 2019, about 35,000 Ukrainians visited Indonesia and 2,000 Indonesian citizens visited Ukraine.
An important component of cooperation and a factor of mutual support is the provision of humanitarian assistance.
Thus, in 2006, in accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 799 of June 7, 2006 "On the provision of humanitarian aid to the Republic of Indonesia", Ukraine provided RI with humanitarian aid to overcome the consequences of the earthquake.
In 2015, for the needs of the Main Military Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, a consignment of humanitarian aid was delivered from Indonesian pharmaceutical companies to Ukrainians affected by Russian military aggression (the humanitarian consignment consisted of a consignment of medicines worth over UAH 500,000).
On October 23, 2018, the President of Ukraine signed the Decree "On the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Indonesia" 38338/2018 in order to assist in overcoming the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami in the province of Central Sulawesi. As part of assistance to Ukraine in December 2018, $ 362,296 was transferred to the Indonesian side. USA (10 million hryvnia ).
Education in Ukraine
International students have an opportunity to study in more than 240 universities in Ukraine and gain the specialization in different scientific fields. The main languages of instruction in Ukrainian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are Ukrainian, Russian or English. Every year higher educational establishments welcome students from more than 150 countries.
Ukrainian HEIs provide such levels of higher education:
• Junior Bachelor;
• Doctor of Philosophy;
• Doctor of Science.
Foreigners enroll to Higher Educational Institutions on accredited educational programs:
1) twice a year, before and at the beginning of the academic semester (until November 1 and until March 1 accordingly) for the degree programs – Junior Bachelor, Bachelor and Master;
2) during the year for postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, clinical studies, medical residency, programs of the preparatory faculty (department), and the academic mobility programs.
The main informational source about higher education in Ukraine for foreign students is Ukrainian State Center for International Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
Center is only one official state platform, which is engaged into preparation of foreign students for study in Ukraine. On official web-site http://studyinukraine.gov.ua entrants can get general information about studying programs, apply procedure and other practical advices.
Besides this, entrants can apply for studying online in any higher educational establishment in Ukraine via site http://studyinukraine.gov.ua.
Ukrainian State Center for International Education provides such services: processing the student’s documents, helping with choosing the university and studying program, presenting documents to the higher educational establishment, receiving the invitation, visa support, meeting at the airport.