Freeport and AMINEF Provide Scholarships for Indonesian students from Papua

“Scholarship recipients will return home and contribute much to the development of their community and Indonesia.”

PT Freeport Indonesia signed a five-year, $1 million agreement with the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) to provide higher education scholarship opportunities for Indonesian students from Papua. It supports the higher education component of the emerging Indonesia-U.S. Comprehensive Partnership.

In March 17, 2010, the MoU was signed by AMINEF Executive Director Michael McCoy (second from left) and Sinta Sirait, Freeport’s Director-Executive Vice President (second from right).

U.S. Ambassador Cameron Hume (left) and Deputy Minister of Education Fasli Jalal (right) observed the MoU signing at the Ministry of National Education.

Ambassador Hume welcomed the new agreement between PT Freeport Indonesia and AMINEF. He thanked PT Freeport Indonesia for its interest in bringing higher education opportunities to young Papuans.

“On the eve of President Obama’s visit, this generous support by PT Freeport Indonesia will make it possible for a number of talented Papuans to acquire a U.S. university or community college education and to gain English language and other practical skills,” the Ambassador said.

“Scholarship recipients will return home and contribute much to the development of their community and Indonesia.”

Source: The US Embassy in Jakarta

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