Advancing and deepening the bilateral relationship in education,  particularly higher education, is one of USINDO’s primary objectives. USINDO has a long history of promoting education and cultural exchanges between the United States and Indonesia.The USINDO Summer Studies program in Indonesian language and culture has been ongoing since 1995, and the Society also awards fellowships for PhDs and Master’s degrees. See USINDO Grants for more information.

USINDO has undertaken a number of other projects to deepen the bilateral relationship in education.

In 2010, USINDO worked with higher education partners in Indonesia and the United States to establish the “Joint U.S.-Indonesia Council for Higher Education Partnership.” The Council will work to enhance U.S.-Indonesia educational cooperation through initiatives which complement official programs and address key long-term areas of the educational relationship. For more information, please see the press release of July 29, 2010: Joint US-Indonesia Council Release July 29 2010

In July 2009, USINDO and partner organizations organized a visit by 33 U.S. higher education institutions to Indonesia to explore ways to expand education ties. The report from the mission includes recommendations to both governments and private sectors on how to invigorate the higher education relationship, and USINDO is communicating the recommendations of the delegation to the two governments and publics. See the U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission to Indonesia for more information.

Beginning in 2005, the Society helped design an ambitious project to create Centers of Excellence in selected Indonesian Universities to be staffed by Indonesians, known as Presidential Scholars, who are awarded grants for PhD study abroad. The program is supported by the World Bank Institute, the U.S. government Fulbright program, by the Government of Japan, and by the Indonesian Ministry of Education. See Centers of Excellence for more information.

Following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, USINDO initiated a multi-year collaborative effort to build a model high school in Banda Aceh as part of the reconstruction effort in Aceh. Click here for more information about the Aceh Lab School.

In October, 2003, USINDO together with the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Asia-Pacific Center of Stanford University released a report by the non-governmental National Commission on U.S.-Indonesian Relations, entitledToward a Partnership for Human Resource Development.” The report highlights education as the key to Indonesia’s success. Click here to access the full report. More information about USINDO’s work on higher education is available here.


View a list of Centers of Research and Study About Indonesia. This list includes schools who offer degrees in Southeast Asian studies and/or a concentration in Indonesia.