In a meeting with Indonesians living in Turkey, who are mostly students, Vice President Jusuf Kalla encouraged them to take best practices from Turkish people, particularly their good work ethic.

“You should bring this good practice with you when you return to Indonesia,” said Mr. Kalla in the forum held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday (April, 15).

The Vice President also underscored the importance of learning different civilizations from various countries to gather models of civilizations for Indonesia.

Yet, he warned Indonesians not to be trapped in conflicts breaking in Turkey’s neighboring countries.

He then underlined moderate thinking of Islam to resolve conflicts and preserve tolerance and harmony.

“Many countries are now referring to Indonesia when they are seeking ways to resolve conflicts peacefully,” he said.

Talking about education, Mr. Kalla stated that currently the Indonesian government provides scholarships for Indonesian students to continue their study in the best universities around the world under the scheme of the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP).

“With this scheme, government has allocated more than 20 trillion rupiahs for 3,000 best young people to study in 200 best universities in the world,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, Indonesian Ambassador in Turkey H.E. Mr. Wardana told currently there are 2,895 Indonesians living in Turkey. 728 of them are students, most of whom are scholarship awardees.

Also attending the meeting were Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi, Head of Vice President Secretariat Mohammad Oemar, Vice President Expert Staff Sofjan Wanandi, and Vice President Deputy on Government Policy Support Dewi Fortuna Anwar.