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Monash U to open Indonesian campus

Australia’s Monash University has announced it will establish the first overseas university campus in Indonesia – Monash Indonesia – following a 2019 agreement between Indonesia and Australia signalling offshore branch campuses to be given the go-ahead.

Monash Indonesia hopes to enrol its first cohort of masters students in late 2021. Photo: wikimedia

Short executive programs will begin on the campus later in 2020

Monash Indonesia will be a postgraduate campus in the country’s capital Jakarta, offering masters, PhD degrees, executive programs and micro-credentials.

“The physical establishment serves as a symbol of Monash’s commitment to Indonesia”

“Monash has a long history of engagement in Indonesia and a desire to build deeper links with a thriving and innovative community with great ambitions for education and research,” said Margaret Gardner AC, president and vice-chancellor of Monash University.

The “research-intensive and industry engaged” campus will join Monash’s global network, with its branch campus in Malaysia, as well as partnered campuses in Suzhou with SouthEast University and Mumbai with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

“The opening of Monash Indonesia, the first Australian university based in Indonesia, will enable us to work in and with Indonesian people and their organisations to realise their future opportunities,” Gardner added.

“The physical establishment also serves as a symbol of Monash’s commitment to Indonesia and the wider Asian region, as well as stronger research and education links between Indonesia and Australia.”

Monash Indonesia represents a deepening of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, according to the institution – a sentiment echoed by Indonesia’s minister for Education and Culture.

The institution would “help accelerate the strengthening of our education system and deepen the social, economic and technological links between Australia and Indonesia”, Indonesian education minister Nadiem Makarim said in a statement.

“This partnership will be the first out of many other partnerships to come,” he added.

In addition to the long-term education, research and industry collaboration benefits, it will facilitate the two-way flow of students and scholars, and innovative ideas and technology, according to the institution.

Short executive programs will begin on the campus later in 2020, while Monash plans to welcome the first intake of master’s students for quarter four 2021.

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