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“it was astonishing to me as i began to study [indonesian history] that it has been so neglected. it’s an indication of how provincial we are.”

The constant question you get, is ‘how can I get a scholarship to study in America?’ There definitely is an interest,” Bruhn concludes. “Like everyone else,” says Laura Iandola, she was preparing to begin a dissertation on Vietnam as a doctoral student in the Southeast Asian Studies Center at NIU. She changed her mind when she took a class on the history of Indonesia. “It was astonishing to me as I began to study it that it has been so neglected. It’s an indication of how provincial we are. It took Obama going there to make people take a look at it,” Iandola says. With two other NIU graduate students, she traveled to Indonesia last summer to study the language intensively and also learn more about the country’s history and culture, from Islam to weddings, traditional clothing, and women’s health. “It was eclectic and fascinating,” she exclaims, adding that she hopes to return and then teach and write about Indonesia, which is “wide open in terms of scholarship; there is so much work to be done on so many incredible topics.” She adds that she has a cousin in the U.S. Foreign Service who will be posted to the U.S. embassy in Jakarta next year. “He is so excited to be going there. It is a coveted post right now,” Iandola says.

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Benefits for Faculty

ACULTY MEMBERS also underscore the significance and satisfaction of expanded higher education relationships between the two countries. David Damrel, assistant professor of religion in the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, who fulfilled a seven-month Fulbright teaching assignment in 2008 at the Muhammadiyah University in Indonesia, says it was “a rewarding experience in every way, dealing with students who were interested in what I had to say and were very responsive.” With his specialized focus on Islam in the broader field of comparative religion, “it was gratifying to be part of bringing a new disciplinary subfield and teaching it in an institution where it had not been taught before,” he says. In addition to teaching, “it was a terrific experience as well to simply compare notes with my colleagues in international and Islamic studies programs there,” Damrel says. Indonesian native Nelson Tansu, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University, came to the United States in 1995 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate. “I always had an aspiration and passion to pursue a career in academics in science and engineering, and the U.S. is probably the premier education

system in the world in those skills,” he explains. He stayed at Wisconsin to earn a doctorate, then joined the Lehigh faculty in 2003. Invited by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, he returns to the country a couple of times a year, with other Indonesian scientists from abroad, to lecture to undergraduates “to stimulate their interest to pursue advanced education” in the United States or Europe, Tansu says. “Most people idolize the U.S. as a partner. Many Indonesian students would love to further their education in the U.S.,” he states. He also is involved with an organization of other Indonesian scholars and scientists founded by the Ministry of Education to attract international talent “to contribute to our higher education system and support research and professional training” in Indonesia, Tansu says. In 2006 the University of Kentucky shared in a two-year, $1.2 million grant from USAID that supported strategic partnerships with three Indonesian universities designed to upgrade their academic programs in agriculture, business, education, engineering, and public administration. In addition to helping strengthen U.S. ties with important institutions in Indonesia, an objective was to increase the number of talented graduates entering the Indonesian work force and revitalizing the educations of the next generation of the country’s leaders. Through the partnership, provided under President George W. Bush’s six-year, $157 million education initiative that ended last year to improve the quality of education in Indonesia, UK hosted faculty from the three Indonesian universities for short courses, curriculum development, and scientific collaboration, and UK faculty traveled to Indonesia to provide technical assistance and conduct short courses. Goldstein highlights agriculture as an area “where there are a lot of mutual concerns around the environment, best pedagogic methods, second-language learning, and other things that can be problem-solved together. The problems on both sides are related,” and “it’s not just that we’re the experts bringing information to them, they have expertise to share with us as well.” Among current activities, UK sends agriculture educators and extension agents to partner institutions in Indonesia—“a part of the world that they think is very different from their own”—to help the Kentuckians “learn about the sources of some of the products like coffee, cocoa, and palm oil that come here, and about community-based agriculture in Indonesia.” They return to Kentucky “not just with knowledge about production but how it is integrated in local economies, marketing, world trade,” Goldstein says.

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International Educator - May/june 2011
Contents
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
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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