The Jakarta Post
Australia’s Monash University is set to establish a postgraduate campus in Indonesia, following the latter’s approval, paving the way for Monash to become the first foreign university campus to operate in the country.
Based in Jakarta, Monash Indonesia will offer Master and PhD degrees, as well as executive programs and micro-credentials. It will operate with the support of both the Indonesian and Australian governments, according to the university's press statement.
“The opening of Monash Indonesia, the first Australian university based in Indonesia, will enable us to work in and with Indonesian people and their organizations to realize their future opportunities,” Monash University’s president and vice-chancellor, Margaret Gardner, said in a statement on Monday.
Monash Indonesia is scheduled to begin short executive programs later this year and plans the first intake of Masters students in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The university will bring expertise in studies of high demand such as data science and digital technology, creative industry and entrepreneurship, health system and public health as well as infrastructure and urban planning.
Monash University previously opened a campus in Indonesia’s neighboring Malaysia, and has also established partner campuses in Suzhou city in China with SouthEast University, as well as in Mumbai with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Monash Indonesia’s students will be awarded a Monash University degree and there will be opportunities for cross-campus collaboration for research purposes and mobility in education.
Founded in 1958, Monash is a public research university based in Melbourne. It is ranked at 58th globally among other universities, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020.
Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has welcomed the move, saying that Monash Indonesia will help accelerate the strengthening of the country’s education system.
“I am very pleased Monash University will establish a branch campus in Indonesia. This will help accelerate the strengthening of our education system and deepen the social, economic and technological links between Australia and Indonesia,” he said. (mpr)