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IIE PROGRAM PROFILE
U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity: Expanding Study Abroad Capacity in Indonesia
By Daniel Obst
AS U.S. CAMPUSES seek to make study abroad more widely available, many challenges are being intensely discussed by members of the academic community and policy makers at every level. Wider national and media attention to the study abroad field has created windows of opportunity for highlighting best practices and more importantly, creating a heightened public appreciation of the importance of study abroad, especially for a larger and more diverse population of American students. However, substantial increases in study abroad participation will require dramatically expanded capacity not just within the U.S. institutions that send students overseas but equally at the institutions in other countries – particularly nontraditional destinations – that will host American students studying abroad. While there is a strategic need to promote ties and dialogue between the United States and the Muslim world, academic mobility between the United States and Indonesia, the world’s largest majority-Muslim country and the world’s fourth most populous country, has remained low. Yet in 2008/09, only 176 U.S. students studied there for academic credit. As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on the occasion of her visit to Indonesia: “Building a comprehensive partnership with Indonesia is a critical step on behalf of the United States’ commitment to smart power.” Indonesia, as Secretary Clinton has noted, is a place where Islam, democracy, modernity, and women’s rights coexist, and with so much U.S. energy invested in achieving just such a balance in other parts of the world, we could surely do well to improve our ties with Indonesia. Secretary Clinton has also called for linkages between U.S. and Indonesian educational institutions.
Partnerships in Higher Education launched the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) to help advance Indonesian higher education institutions’ capacity to provide highquality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates. USIPP, a two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will bring together six U.S. institutions with six Indonesian institutions to develop new, innovative study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates in Indonesia and ultimately help Indonesian universities better prepare to host American students. The initiative will also interview the participating students and university administrators for feedback to identify lessons learned and next steps, so that institutions can provide high quality study abroad programs and prepare to host more international students in Indonesia. A final written report will serve as a hands-on tool for international education practitioners. Through IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and in collaboration with IIE’s Jakarta-based affiliate, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), the program will build a foundation for expanding academic partnerships between other U.S. and Indonesian institutions, enabling faculty and students at home and host campuses to deepen mutual understanding and broaden the ongoing exchange of individuals and ideas between the U.S. and Indonesia.
Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP) 2010 fellow Tenzin Jangchup volunteered at a public health NGO in Bandung, Indonesia.
Assessing Interest in Study Abroad in Indonesia Earlier this year, IIE conducted a survey of higher education institutions in the United States to better understand the perception of U.S. institutions toward increasing the number of study abroad students to Indonesia and to inform future recommendations on how to address challenges related to expanding U.S. study abroad to Indonesia. The survey addresses wide-ranging questions: what types of linkages currently exist between U.S. and Indonesian institutions and what types of activities related to Indonesia are offered on U.S. campuses; do U.S. campuses anticipate a shift in priority toward engaging with Indonesia and do they plan to increase study abroad numbers to Indonesia; what are the perceived challenges to increasing the number of study abroad students to Indonesia; and more. Findings from the survey will be published in Spring 2011 and will be avail■ able on www.iie.org.
Participating Institutions in the U.S.-Indonesian Partnership Program
U.S. Cohort • Chatham University • Lehigh University • Miami Dade College • Texas A&M University • University of Michigan • University of Washington Indonesia Cohort • Airlangga University • Bandung Institute of Technology • Bogor Agricultural University • Indonesian Institute of the Arts - Yogyakarta • University of Gadjah Mada • University of Indonesia
The U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Center for International
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