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 Indonesia Partnerships Initiative 

Joint U.S.-Indonesia Council
for Higher Education Partnership:

A Call for Participation

To:      Higher Education Community

From: U.S. Co-Chair of Joint U.S.-Indonesia Council for Higher Education Partnership (Council)

Additional Initial and Core Members of Executive Committee of the Council:

  • Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • Dr. Allan Goodman, CEO and President, Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Dr. Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Universities and Colleges (AASCU)
  • Hon. David Merrill, President, US-Indonesia Society (USINDO)
  • Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center
  • Ms. Suzanne M. McCarron, President, ExxonMobil Foundation

Date:   April 4, 2011

Re:      Working with Higher Education in Indonesia

Executive Summary

The next couple of years might be the best opportunity ever for the U.S. academic community and others to expand their educational linkages with Indonesia.  U.S. President Barack Obama and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently launched a historic U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership (Partnership), a broad-based public-private five-year undertaking with education at its core.  The Partnership seeks to enroll an additional 7,000 Indonesian students per year in U.S. colleges and universities across all disciplines. The Partnership also seeks to double the number of Americans studying in Indonesia, increase faculty exchanges, create research partnerships, strengthen Indonesian studies, and create opportunities for U.S. investment in Indonesia’s education sector.  This memo invites interested U.S. colleges and universities to participate in this effort through joining and becoming active participants in the Joint U.S.-Indonesia Council for Higher Education Partnership (Council) and its committees.

The Council was created to work in coordination with the governments because of the strong desire of many in the U.S. academic community and others to provide leadership in reaching the Partnership’s goals. The Council will advise the U.S. academic community about U.S. or Indonesian government funds that are, or which may become, available.  However, government efforts alone will cover only a small portion of potential opportunities and programs.  Through initiatives to be designed by Council participants, we will work to develop solutions that will lower the cost of a U.S. education for Indonesians, make studying abroad in Indonesia more attractive to Americans, and many other measures which will benefit universities, students, and faculty in both countries during the next five years.

The two Presidents are giving our Council an exceptionally strong endorsement.  In their Joint Declaration on the Comprehensive Partnership, they placed non-governmental initiatives “at the core,” and said they were “pleased to welcome the formation of the U.S-Indonesia Council for Higher Education Partnership, which seeks to harness the energies of the non-governmental, public, and private sectors in both countries in support of expanding bilateral programs in higher education, including…to double within five years the number of American and Indonesian students who study in each other’s country.”

Thus, the framework is set for all interested parties to make the most of this opportunity.  We invite you to indicate your interest in participating.

  • Background
  • The Role of Academic and Other Non-Government Sectors
  • Structure of the Joint Council
  • Presidential Support for the Joint Council
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