Monash University opens new campus in Indonesia
Monash University, the first foreign university to receive the Indonesian government’s approval to open a branch campus on its soil is set to open a new postgraduate-only campus in Jakarta later this year.
Monash University the world’s fourth-biggest student market is set to make its presence known in the country’s higher education market.
This collaboration is in line with the Indonesian government’s plan to attract top universities from around the world to open branches in the country and revamp higher education across the nation.
The new campus will offer Master and PhD degrees, as well as executive and micro-credential programmes. This new campus will be research-intensive and industry-engaged and operate with the full support of both the Indonesian and Australian governments.
Intakes are set to commence late next year and successful students who complete the programmes will be awarded prestigious Monash-branded credentials.
The announcement is a symbol of deepening bilateral ties between Australia and Indonesia. The university has said that Indonesia would benefit from Monash’s expertise in high demand areas including data science, digital technology, infrastructure, urban planning, the creative industries, public health, and entrepreneurship.
This collaboration will not only see the exchange of students and scholars between the nations, but also the transfer of innovative ideas and technology.
Commenting on this partnership, Indonesian Education and Culture Minister, Nadiem Makarim stated that the nation is pleased that Monash University will open an Indonesian campus.
He added that this development will strengthen Indonesia’s education system and deepen the social, economic and technological links between Australia and Indonesia.
“This partnership will be the first out of many other partnerships to come,” Makarim said.
Monash University’s president and vice-chancellor, Margaret Gardner said, “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 that the university has a long history of engagement with the country and the new campus would cultivate the joint efforts between both parties to realise the nation’s future opportunities.
“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,” Gardner said.