Universitas Terbuka (UT) as state university (PTN) which becomes part of Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek), especially higher education, has the responsibility to support various programs that the Ministry is performing. One of the programs is US-Indonesia Higher Education Forum 2022. The event was attended by UT’s Vice Rector for Institutional Development and Partnership Affairs (WR IV), Rahmat Budiman, M.Hum., Ph.D. (18/10/2022). The program talked about the theme on “Connect and Collaborate (C2)” which was organized by the United States Agency International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology at Century Park Hotel, Jakarta. The session was attended by the relevant elements, including the guests from other ministries, state and private universities across Indonesia, the representatives of the universities from the United States (US), as well as industry and private sectors.
In that opportunity, Secretary General of Kemendikbudristek, Ir. Suharti M.A., Ph.D., gave her remarks. In her address, Suharti highly appreciates the program held and supported the continuation of the cooperation programs that have long been established between Indonesia and the US institution. The plenary session presented the Vice President of Association of Public and Land-grat Universities (APLU), Bernard Burrola, who illustrated the history and development of education in the US. Furthermore, as for the latest information and socialization regarding the cooperation programs that have been established between Indonesia and the US, several presenters gave their updates, including Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) or Education Fund Management Agency, the Embassy of the United States in Indonesia, and universities that have entered into the collaboration, which was moderated by the moderator, R. Martin, USAID TEAMN LPDP. One speaker from the University of Rhode Island, Brook Ross, who is so eloquently speaking Bahasa Indonesia, shared her experience and key of sucess in entering into or establishing the cooperation among universities that has been held so far, namely support from the government, affordability of tuition, accessability, and program sustainability.
Prior to the closing of the program, the participants were given the opportunity to hold discussion intensively with the resourceful personswhich was divided into two Learning Cycles, which are 1) How US-Indonesia Partnerships maximizes scholarship program and 2) Beyond “study abroad”: effective and sustainable models for US-Indonesia partnerships. In this activity, UT’s Vice Rector for Institutional Development and Partnership Affairs has good opportunity to exchange ideas with a number of presenters as he gained the potential opportunity to expand UT’s potential networks with US universities, with the purpose of, in addition to conducting collaborative researches and advanced studies, possible exchange of staff members and students.