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The Joint Council Connection

August 2013

Upcoming Deadlines

August 30, 2013
Scholarships from The Textile Museum 2013 Fall Symposium's "From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles" for U.S. and Indonesian Citizens - Call for Applicants
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October 1, 2013
Spring 2014 Udayana University Study Abroad Program's "Bali International Program on Asian Studies" for U.S. Citizens - Call for Applicants
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Upcoming Events

August 26-30, 2013
The 6th Annual International ESP (Ecosystem Services Partnership) Conference 2013
Location: Bali, Indonesia

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September 12-14, 2013
The 4th International Nursing Conference 2013 - "Safety for all: Protect patients, personnel and environment"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
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American Students Study Tropical Agroecology & Sustainable Development in Indonesia 

Summer courses offered by the University of Kentucky allowed students a first-hand experience with agriculture, ecology, and sustainable development in Indonesia. From June 6 to July 12, seven students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and one student from the University of Missouri Columbia traveled to Sumatra, Central Java, and South and East Bali as part of two courses, Tropical Agroecology and Sustainable Development in Indonesia. Through course literature, guest lectures from in-country experts, and field observations, students developed a holistic understanding of the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of agriculture in Indonesia, historic forces driving agricultural development and policy, and challenges to sustainable agriculture and development. Specifically, they learned about key issues such as community forest policy in Sumatra and cultural tourism as an engine for economic growth and cultural preservation in Java.
During the five-week field course, led by Professor Krista Jacobson from the University of Kentucky, students met and worked with faculty and students at the University of Lampung (in Sumatra), Sebelas Maret University (in Central Java), and Udayana University (in Bali). For most of the students, this was their first time traveling outside the U.S. and their experience was enriched by the personal connections they made. After experiencing the tremendous hospitality, rich culture, and agriculture of Indonesia, they all expressed the desire to travel more in areas that are “off the beaten path.” 
The collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri Columbia was the direct result of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Council's efforts to increase U.S. study abroad in Indonesia.  The Joint Council worked with both universities in order to increase the number of participants in this pilot study abroad program.

Indonesia Higher Education News

Indonesian Government Launches Twelve Years Universal Education Program
The Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia today officially initiated the Twelve Year Universal Education Program, popularly known as Pendidikan Menengah Universal ...

Indonesian Universities Look Abroad to Gain Edge
In the most recent QS World University Rankings, the highest-ranked university in Indonesia sits at 273, far below top institutions in Singapore and China, which sit well within the top 100. Even among Asian universities ...

Geology Grad Student Helps Indonesians Understand Their Volcanoes
Nine thousand miles is a long way to go for research. But, if you are studying volcanoes, Indonesia is the place to be. For Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) student Jay Wellik, it became even more ...  

YES Alumnus an Advocate for Preserving Cultural Heritage
My American friends used to call me Louie when I was hosted in Athens, Ohio during my YES program to USA in 2007-2008. I dare to say that without becoming a YES exchange student my life wouldn't have turned me into who I am today ...

New Generation of Indonesian Scholars Present Their Work
Some of Indonesia’s brightest academic minds have unveiled their latest research, but a senior intellectual has said the nation’s thinkers are constricted by a lack of a supportive “habitat” and a shortage of resources ...

Lauren Zentz: In Support of Local Languages
Amid the fervent promotion of the English language in the Indonesian context, Lauren Zentz revives memories of preserving the wealth of Indonesia’s local languages spoken throughout the country. She seems ...

On a Flawed Indonesian Education System
Every kid was born a scientist. In our early years, we began to wonder everything: why the sky is blue, how a thunder happens, or just a simple question like why apples fall. We intuitively explore what is going on in the universe ...

United States Higher Education News

President of AHEAD to Travel to Indonesia
L. Scott Lissner, President of The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) and The Ohio State University’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, has been invited to provide technical assistance in Indonesia on disability policy ... 

'Disaster University' to Address Pacific Quakes and Tsunamis
The Asia-Pacific may be the biggest driver of the global economy, but it is also the runaway leader in a category that no region would covet: natural disasters. Between 2001 and 2010, the Asia-Pacific had the most natural ...

Expanding Academic Cooperation with Indonesia by Launching a U.S. - Indonesia Higher Education Consortium
Greg Galford, an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture from Chatham University, had never really thought about Indonesia two years ago, but was set to travel there in April ...

Rema N. Hanna to Serve as Scientific Director at New J-PAL Office in Indonesia
Defining new and improved ways to help the poor has long been a theme of Associate Professor Rema Hanna's research and field work. A member of HKS’s Evidence for Policy Design program (EPoD) ...

Google Gives Lesson in Geographic Programs to Teachers at UM Workshop
Google’s geographic programs have the potential to expand students’ knowledge of the planet and the stories of its many peoples, a presenter told educators at workshop on the University of ...

Dracut Teen Will Spend Senior Year 10,000 Miles from Home
On Aug. 20, Bradley, 17, will depart from her lifelong home on Varnum Avenue in Dracut for New York, where she will embark on 30 hours of connecting flights through Hong Kong to the island of Java, Indonesia. There, on an island ...

Graduate Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Chelsea Hochstetler, a recent graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. Hochstetler will be one of 1,700 people traveling abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year ...

General News/Reports on Higher Education

Building Research and Teaching Capacity in Indonesia through International Collaboration
This briefing paper, “Building Research and Teaching Capacity in Indonesia through International Collaboration,” published by the Institute of International Education’s Center ...

8 Stages for Developing Institutional International Partnerships
IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education has been working diligently in the partnerships arena for some time now. Through our flagship program, the International Academic Partnership ...

Engaging in Open Discussion: Reflections on the EducationUSA Forum
The fourth annual EducationUSA Forum is now behind us, and by all accounts, this year was the most successful ever. (Disclaimer: IIE helps State Department  to organize the event.) Approximately ...

Diverse Conversations: Issues and Trends in International Higher Education Financing
Have you ever wondered how higher education is financed in other parts of the world? No matter what country you choose, you will find that the topic of financing higher education is a contentious ...

Education's Value Rises in Crisis but Funding Falls
The employment gap between young people who have a high level of education and those who abandon their studies earlier has widened during the economic recession, according to the latest Education ...

Five Ts Why You Should Go on Exchange Programs
Most universities offer exchange programs for students to study one semester in another university. This is definitely a great opportunity that enriches any student’s undergraduate life. Being an exchange student at ...

Technical Education Competes with University: Study
Technology education programmes are increasingly becoming a viable alternative to the standard four-year undergraduate university programme, according to the OECD, a major international grouping of rich countries ...

Share News & Start the Conversation

In order to engage fellow colleagues with interest in the U.S.-Indonesia higher education partnership, we are looking to hear from you about your current projects, activities, and initiatives related to student exchange, faculty & staff exchange, institutional partnerships, and joint research with Indonesia. 

We are happy to promote your initiatives to a wider audience and also coordinate and collaborate with you on similar initiatives and opportunities happening elsewhere. To submit updates, please email Fina Alatas at with information on what you would like to share.

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