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INDONESIA When Meaningful Partnerships Work: Developing World-Class Indonesian Geoscientists By Michael G. Loudin EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION IS the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world. We are also a leader in the development of people whose talents have innumerable positive impacts in the local communities in which we work. Four years ago, ExxonMobil partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to administer specialized education programs for potential and emerging science, business and civic leaders in a number of key regions, including Asia. ExxonMobil’s dedication to the development of a global workforce parallel IIE’s commitment to “opening minds to the world.” As Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO, stated at IIE’s most recent gala, “A focus on the long term, a record of transparency, and a commitment to excellence are what drive our business as well. We are privileged to have found a partner that shares these values in its work to improve education and opportunity around the globe. IIE helps us identify and develop students who are not only technically outstanding but are also culturally adept, multilingual, and globally minded. They are the next generation of global leaders who will help shape their nations and their futures.” This comprehensive IIENetworker issue on Asia provides a great opportunity to share information about our highly successful partnership with the Institute for the ExxonMobil Indonesia Geoscience Program, which we have sponsored for four years. This unique scholarship opportunity has enabled over 20 students from Indonesia to come to the United States to complete a Master’s Degree in Geoscience. They also receive significant support in conducting ground-breaking research with some of the best Geoscience faculty in America. Each of these talented men and women are conducting research and gaining experience that will move our industry and the people in their home countries forward. The program helps opens their minds to new methods of research and it also opens their eyes to a world of mutual understanding and respect, made possible by educational exchange – a shared goal of ExxonMobil and the Institute of International Education. The participants in the scholarship program become culturally competent, multilingual and globally competitive future leaders. They are conducting advanced research in a number of critical areas for our industry including deposition of carbonate rocks, interpretation of reflection seismic data, and sedimentology. For example, Ratna Widiarti, a second year graduate student at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has been invited to present her research at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) this April. Her thesis focuses on carbonate rock cycles and their controlling mechanisms during a greenhouse period earlier in Earth’s history – 500 million years ago! Several of the Indonesian scholars are completing their graduate degrees at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. Rizky Sekti, one of the first participants in the ExxonMobil-IIE program, completed his thesis there using 3-D ground penetration radar to perform structural and stratigraphic analysis in carbonate rocks, a project which included field work and research in France and Italy. All students are excelling in their courses and learning much about U.S. social and business culture, all of which will benefit ExxonMobil, the Indonesian communities in which the students will operate, and the students themselves. Among the other philanthropic initiatives ExxonMobil supports is the improvement of the teaching and learning of science and math, which is vital to overall progress worldwide; advancing the education of minorities and women; and helping to find cures to disease challenges such as malaria, which impacts millions of people around the globe. In recognition of these and other global educational initiatives, ExxonMobil was honored to be presented with the “Opening Pictured left to right are: Michael Loudin (ExxonMobil), Ali Araji (ExxonMobil Scholar from Lebanon), Rizky Sekti (ExxonMobil Scholar from Indonesia), Triyani Hidayah (ExxonMobil Scholar from Indonesia), Rex Tillerson (ExxonMobil), Mikhail Tsypin (ExxonMobil Scholar from Russia), Hakima Taoufiq (ExxonMobil Scholar from Morocco). Minds Corporate Leadership Award” at IIE’s 90th anniversary gala in September 2009. Our company’s CEO, Rex Tillerson accepted the award on behalf of ExxonMobil, and reiterated our commitment to global development. In the words of Mr. Tillerson that evening, “At ExxonMobil we’ve seen how efforts to reduce poverty, improve healthcare, and invest in education expand the capacity of the local workforce and the local economy.” Through the shared commitment to international exchange and the development of global citizens, ExxonMobil’s partnership with IIE will continue to thrive. The benefits of the programs ExxonMobil supports are far-reaching and will continue to impact the world for generations to come. Through such programs we confirm our commitment to promoting academic excellence and developing future leaders who will tackle pressing international issues and strengthen communities around the world, which ultimately will allow for success not just for our industry but for local communi■ ties as well. Michael G. Loudin is the Manager, Global Geoscience Recruiting and New Hire Development at ExxonMobil and is based in Houston, Texas.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2010
IIE Networker - Spring 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker University Presidents Interview Series: Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore (NUS)
2010 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards: Best Practices in International Education
U.S.-India Exchange: Ready for a “New Era”?
Using Social Media to Recruit Indian Students Rahul Choudaha, World
Advancing Sustainability: Alcoa Foundation ProgramServes as Catalyst for Greater International Collaboration for Universities
A New Frontier in China for the University of Montana
The View from Vietnam: Perceptions of Prospective
When Meaningful Partnerships Work: Developing World-Class Indonesian Geoscientists
Rising Demand from Southeast Asian Professionals for Tertiary Executive Education Programs: When Quality Matters
IIE Program Profile
IIE Networker - Spring 2010