September 16 – 30, 2011—For the last two weeks in September, the Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education is leading a delegation of administrators from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on a study tour of higher education institutions across the United States. Supported by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta through the Facilitative Assistance Visitor Program, the delegation is traveling to campuses from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. to meet with higher education leaders and foster ties between the U.S. and Indonesia.
Supporting the theme “Strengthening Existing Partnerships and Exploring News Areas of Collaboration,” the purpose of the study tour is to strengthen existing partnership activities between Universitas Gadjah Mada and institutions in the U.S., explore new potential areas of collaboration, discuss the implementation of joint activities and increase U.S. institutions’ understanding of UGM and Indonesian higher education.
Founded in 1949, UGM is the oldest and largest national university in Indonesia. Participating in the delegation are Dr. Sujarwadi, Rector; Mr. Djoko Luknanto, Head of the Center of Education Development; and Dr. Djoko Moerdiyanto, Executive Secretary.
During the study tour, the higher education leaders from Indonesia are visiting a range of institutions that represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. They are meeting with officials from Portland State University; The Ohio State University; Oberlin College; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Lehigh University; Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies; American University, School of International Service; Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in the United States and the Institute of International Education.
As part of the study tour Dr. Suarwadi, Mr. Luknanto and Dr. Moerdiyanto are also participating in interviews with the Voice of America and visiting different institutions’ Intensive English Language Institutes.
Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education
The Institute of International Education’s Center for International partnerships in Higher Education draws on our wide-ranging membership network of more than 1,100 colleges and universities and extensive expertise in international education to provide administrators, policymakers, and practitioners with the resources and connections to develop and sustain partnerships around the world. The Center also produces timely policy research on critical issues in the field and convenes international education leaders in conferences and workshops.
Institute of International Education
Founded in 1919, IIE is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas with 18 offices worldwide. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE implements programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors that benefit more than 25,000 people each year. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State.