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“How often does it happen that we have a president of the united States who studied in indonesia and a president of indonesia who studied in the united States?”

interview quoted by the Al Jazeera television network, “I love the United States with all its faults. I consider it my second country.” “[The year] 2011 is the best chance we will ever have for a major U.S.-Indonesian initiative in higher education,” says Merrill, whose career has been devoted to Asia, including service as director of USAID in Indonesia from 1987–1990. “How often does it happen,” he asks, “that we have a president of the United States who studied in Indonesia and a president of Indonesia who studied in the United States?”

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IGHER EDUCATION and government leaders in both countries speak enthusiastically about the opportunities the new partnership presents. As the world’s fourth largest nation, with a population of 750 million and third largest democracy; the only Southeast Asian member of the G-20; and the country with the world’s largest Muslim population (237 million), Indonesia is seen as an important strategic partner for the United States in the region and a valuable source of students and faculty for U.S. colleges and universities, as well as an important country for American scholars to visit and study. “I don’t think anyone can ignore” Indonesia’s “undeniably very important” role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the United States can improve its ties to the ASEAN through collaboration with Indonesia, says Jalal. Indonesia “continues to grow in political and economic influence” and “many scholars view the country as an improbable democracy and its process of democratization rich in lessons for other fledgling democracies, such as Egypt,” declares Betsy Osborn, director of the Indonesia Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard’s Indonesia Program was launched last year with a $10.5 million gift from the Rajawali Foundation. Among other activities, it offers grants to Harvard students to support independent research or other forms of study in Indonesia; invites high-caliber Indonesian researchers, academics, and practitioners to apply for

fellowships to pursue independent research at the Kennedy School; and develops custom executive education programs for senior Indonesian policymakers and leaders that are delivered at the school and in Indonesia. “Indonesia has a large number of young people to educate, and the partnership will really help build its capacity to develop world-class universities. It also will help our own higher education community expand its expertise and ability to do research and build collaborative work with Indonesia. There are a lot of exciting things to do over there,” declares Alina Romanowski, deputy assistant secretary for academic affairs in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Indonesia wants to internationalize its own universities to prepare its people to be “competitive global citizens,” and “there are many things we can learn from each other,” says Jalal. Indonesia wants to learn how U.S. universities have become “top world-class institutions” and other aspects of higher education in the United States, including its relationship to national economic development and innovation, the role of public-private partnerships, and community colleges, he says. Meanwhile, students and researchers from the United States “can learn from our rich cultures of more than 300 ethnic groups and 700 languages,” as well as the “mega biodiversity” of the world’s second largest rain forest, 17,000 islands, and 125 active volcanoes, Jalal adds. He acknowledges that while the United States “used to be the main destination of our students who study abroad,” especially those who become lecturers in U.S. universities, that is no longer the case. “We want to see more Indonesian students study in the U.S. and reciprocally,” he says, “most importantly to strengthen friendship between the two countries, from people to people, campus to campus, through vibrant academic exchange programs.” “The importance of Indonesia in America is for people to understand the diversity of Islam throughout the world. Indonesian culture is so rich and accepting and pluralistic, and so many people here have no concept of that,” says Katherine Bruhn, a graduate student in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, who taught English in Indonesia on a Fulbright scholarship in 2008–2009.

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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
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International Enrollment
Partnering
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