President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s November 2008 speech at USINDO, proposing the first bilateral partnership between the United States and Indonesia in history, had as one of its core components his wish for U.S. cooperation in building Indonesia’s “knowledge economy.” President Obama and President Yudhoyono, as well as Secretary of State Clinton, have agreed that education will be one of the key components of the “Comprehensive Partnership.”
Recognizing the significance of the proposal for a “Comprehensive Partnership” and renewal of collaboration in higher education and other fields, USINDO organized a conference in Washington, DC in April 2009 to begin formulating a set of recommendations from the non-government sector. One recommendation of the education panel was to organize a delegation of U.S. educators to Indonesia to explore ways to develop enhanced educational cooperation with Indonesian universities and other stakeholders.
Secretary Clinton endorsed the idea of the U.S. educators’ trip in the summer of 2009, publicly announcing it June 8, and the State Department’s most senior academic exchange official joined the team.
The delegation, July 26-31, 2009, was led by four organizations: the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Institute of International Education, USINDO, and the East-West Center.
Delegation members met with senior officials at the Ministry of Education, rectors and other senior administrators at Indonesian institutions, the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Commission, as well as current students and alumni, among others. The delegation explored opportunities and barriers to exchanges in higher education, opportunities for student exchange and institutional partnerships, and related subjects.
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.