Indiana University President McRobbie to discuss higher education leadership in Bogor, Indonesia

  • May 21, 2015


BOGOR, Indonesia -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will deliver the keynote address at the Symposium on Establishment of the Field of Higher Education Leadership and Management on May 28 in Bogor, Indonesia.

This symposium is being held concurrently with a meeting of the Indonesian Council of State Rectors. The topic of McRobbie’s speech will be “Higher Education Leadership and Management: Leading for Change -- Innovation and Research.”

Indiana University leads the Indiana Alliance, a collaboration among three U.S. Midwest universities, including Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, with strong graduate programs in higher education leadership and management. The alliance works with the Higher Education Leadership and Management, known as HELM. A U.S. Agency for International Development project, HELM works with the Indonesian government to support the implementation of higher education reforms and strengthen leadership and management across 50 higher education institutions in Indonesia.

Under HELM’s Post-Graduate Special Initiative, Indiana Alliance provides technical assistance for the development of four graduate programs in Indonesia in the field of higher education leadership and management. The four programs are at the Indonesia University of Education, Bogor Agricultural University, Gadjah Mada University and Padang State University. IU has partnership agreements with all four top-ranked universities and will work with each of them to develop programs over the next five years.

McRobbie is leading an IU delegation to Indonesia for the IU Asia-Pacific Alumni Conference, May 22 to 24 in Bali. IU has 975 alumni associated with Indonesia and an official alumni chapter in Jakarta.

The IU-Indonesia connection

IU has a decades-long history of working with universities in Indonesia. The university’s ties to Indonesia go back to the late 1950s, when IU's 11th president, Herman B Wells, made a formal visit.

In the 1980s, IU joined the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities, which managed the Overseas Training Office of the Indonesian National Development Agency. MUCIA also managed the World Bank XVII Project, which trained Indonesian university faculty in U.S graduate programs in the 1990s.

In 2014, IU had 8,684 international students and 110 Indonesian students. In fall 2015, IU will welcome the first Indonesian student in the field of higher education leadership and management for Ph.D. studies from the Indonesia University of Education. Two more students have been admitted for next year in the same field from Bogor Agricultural University and Padang State University.

IU is one of the nation’s premier centers for foreign language instruction, with more than 70 languages taught on a regular basis. This year IU has begun offering Bahasa Indonesian.

IU features a highly regarded School of Education. Its program in higher education is ranked among the top 10 U.S. programs. In April 2015, eight leaders in higher education leadership and management programs from Indonesia visited IU for training focusing on distance and e-learning.

The IU School of Education is also home to the National Survey of Student Engagement, which has been used by over 2,000 U.S. universities to evaluate their students. In cooperation with IU, an adaptation of the survey has been successfully piloted in Indonesia as the Indonesian Survey of Student Learning Activities and is in the process of being developed by DIKTI at a national level for Indonesian universities.

McRobbie visited Indonesia as part of a trip to Southeast Asia in 2012. While in Jakarta, the IU president delivered an address at the Indonesian Education Ministry, signed a partnership agreement with Gadjah Mada University and met with more than 200 IU alumni.

At the alumni gathering, he presented the Thomas Hart Benton Medal to IU School of Education alumnus H.A.R. Tilaar. The medal is given to individuals who have achieved a level of distinction in public office or service and have exemplified the values of IU.

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