The Jakarta Post | Mon, 11/22/2010 2:07 PM | National
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) officiated five new universities in Papua on Monday.
The universities were Musamus Merauke University , Borneo Tarakan University , Bangka Belitung University , Babel Polytechnic and Batam Polytechnic, Antara news portal reported.
The President officiated the institutions after delivering a speech at the National Student Executive Board conference at Cendrawasih University .
The President signed five tablets, as his entourage, guests and the chiefs of the Student Executive Board looked on.
All of the new colleges are located near the state border.
In his speech, Yudhoyono said the new institutions were intended to improve the education sector, which was one of the keys to national development.
“It will also improve the quality of human resources in colleges,” he said.
SBY was accompanied by First Lady Ani Kristianti, Coordinating Minister for Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono, Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, Minister of Agriculture Suswono, State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, National Education Minister Muhammad Nuh, Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam, Indonesian Military chief Adm. Agus Suhartono, and National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo.