The programme was launched on 29 March at the Centre of Communications, TNI Headquarters, Cilangkap, Jakarta. The project is a result of several years of cooperation between the Swedish Defence University and Saab.
During the course, the students will study scenario and technology forecasting, both in Indonesia and at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm. They will also visit Saab sites in Göteborg, Karlskoga and Linköping to explore the development of systems, capabilities and cutting-edge technologies. After their return to Indonesia the students will work on home assignments for presentation in August in Jakarta. Stefan Silfverskiöld, commander and PhD, and Anders Foyer lieutenant-commander and MSc from the Swedish Defence University will also be present during this time.
Commander Kenneth Raun, Sweden’s Defence Attaché in Indonesia, gave an opening speech at the opening ceremony where he noted that “Sweden and Indonesia have enjoyed long and excellent relations, not least through the long-standing presence of Swedish industry such as IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Scania and Saab. Over the past few years we have signed several bilateral agreements in areas such as sustainable cities, forestry and research.” Commander Raun congratulated the students on their new opportunity and looks forward to seeing them again in August as they further their studies.