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Monash reveals foreign campus in Indonesia

Monash University has released further details of the first foreign university campus in Indonesia, after it was granted a licence to operate by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. 

Monash University has established the first foreign university campus in Indonesia. Photo: Pexels

"The campus in Indonesia will offer opportunities for student and staff global mobility"

Yayasan Monash University Indonesia, is set to open in 2021, and will be a research-intensive postgraduate campus with a network of industry connections, offering master and PhD degrees, as well as executive programs and micro-credentials. 

“It allows Monash to make even stronger and deeper connections across our dynamic network of teaching locations”

Monash is currently designing the layout of the “state-of-the-art” Indonesia campus, including the recruitment of faculty leaders and the creation of what it calls the “the most innovative digital library in the country”. 

Margaret Gardner, Monash’s president and vice-chancellor said the campus’ legal establishment in Indonesia and its official licence is a further step in cementing Monash’s commitment to Indonesia and its in-country campus becoming a reality.

“Monash University’s Indonesia campus, opening in 2021, will further expand our international presence, creating additional global research collaborations, advanced professional development for graduates, and opportunities for collaboration with industry.

“It allows Monash to make even stronger and deeper connections across our dynamic network of teaching locations in Australia, Italy, Malaysia, China and India,” Gardner said.

The original announcement came in 2019, when Indonesia and Australia signalled offshore branch campuses would be given the go-ahead.

A year earlier in 2018, the Indonesian government said it would allow foreign universities to operate, a government minister said.

The campus in Indonesia will offer opportunities for student and staff global mobility, and cross-nation research collaboration with local university and industry partners. 

The university said that this is particularly important in areas of high priority and demand, including data science and digital technology; infrastructure and urban design; creative industry and entrepreneurship and public policy and public health. 

This work will build on research collaborations between Monash and Indonesia including the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments program and the World Mosquito Program. 

“The mission of Monash Indonesia is to contribute strongly to the further social, economic and technological development of Indonesia,” said Monash University’s senior pro vice-chancellor (Southeast Asia Partnerships) professor Andrew MacIntyre.

“The legal establishment and licence allows us to forge ahead with designing a state-of-the-art, purpose-built campus in a burgeoning, modern and sustainable city centre.” 

Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim also welcomed the establishment of the Monash campus. 

“Strengthening the Indonesian education system is of high priority to all in Indonesia and a Monash campus will support, and accelerate this. It will also continue the work we are doing with Australia in broadening our social, economic and technological link,” Makarim said.

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