Nadiem Makarim (Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia) with Prof. Margaret Gardner AC (President and Vice Chancellor – Monash University) beats the Gong as a symbol of the inauguration of Monash University as the first overseas university in Indonesia on April 14 2022 at the Green Office Park (GOP) 9 Auditorium Building, BSD City. (Photo Courtesy of Sinar Mas Land)

Monash University in BSD City Becomes the First Foreign University in Indonesia

APRIL 15, 2022

BSD City. Sinar Mas Land through BSD City continues to encourage the government's efforts to improve the quality of education in Indonesia. This is manifested in the participation of BSD City, which hosts Monash University as the country’s first foreign university in Indonesia. The inauguration of the Monash University campus took place in the Green Office Park (GOP) 9 building, BSD Green Office Park area of ​​BSD City on Thursday by Nadiem Makarim (Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia), accompanied by Prof. Margaret Gardner AC (President and Vice-Chancellor – Monash University), Prof. Andrew MacIntrye (President – ​​Monash University Indonesia), and witnessed by Penny Williams (Australian Ambassador to Indonesia), A. Zaki Iskandar (Regent of Tangerang Regency), and Michael Widjaja (Group CEO – Sinar Mas Land).

Nadiem Makarim, Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Indonesia explained, “I would like to thank Ambassador Penny Williams for the support from the Australian government, Prof. Margaret Gardner who supports from Monash, and Mr. Michael Widjaja who opens space for foreign universities to come here. The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo has the vision to collaborate with global institutions in exploring economic potential, research, and partnerships in educational institutions in Indonesia. Towards global citizenship, Monash's existence as the country’s first foreign university is a bridge between education and the international world. That way, together we can advance on the world stage.”

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Prof. Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University explained, “The opportunity to gain new knowledge is the vision of Monash University and the Indonesia Government. We hope that Monash can learn from and contribute significantly to economic development in the region. We chose this location in consideration of its proximity to industry, other universities, and where people live, study, and work.”

Prof. Andrew Maclntrye, President of Monash University Indonesia explained, “Monash University Indonesia has an attractive home in BSD City with a good ecosystem so that we can collaborate with innovative companies such as Traveloka, Unilever, and others.”

Michael Widjaja, Group CEO of Sinar Mas Land added, “It is an honor for us as hosts to participate in supporting the government's efforts to improve the quality of education and the quality of Human Resources (HR) in Indonesia through the inauguration of Monash University. We hope that Monash's presence can open up opportunities for Indonesians to study at one of the world's best institutions in the country. With a location in BSD City, Monash is directly connected to various industries based in this area so that the knowledge received can be immediately applied in real terms to support the progress of Indonesia.”

At the BSD City Campus, Monash will focus on Master’s level education (S2) in the fields of Data Science, Urban Design, Business Innovation, and Public Policy & Management. Monash University through the Monash University Indonesia Foundation will support the development of local universities through several partnership programs. Monash's presence will also spur national universities to excel at the global level.

Monash's presence completes the educational ecosystem in BSD City which has hosted several well-known educational institutions such as Atma Jaya University, Prasetiya Mulya University, IULI, and global institutions such as Apple Developer Academy from Apple Inc. The student and college students can add knowledge and skills through non-formal education centers such as Purwadhika Digital Technology School, Techpolitan, Binar Academy, Creative Nest, and NXL Esports Center. In the future, Monash University graduates are expected to be able to fill human resources needs in companies with offices in the BSD City Central Business District (CBD) area such as Unilever, Traveloka, NTT, MyRepublic, and others.

Monash University is a higher education institution that was founded in 1958 in Melbourne, Australia. This higher education institution has managed to rank 55 in the world based on the QS World University Ranking. Its expansion to Indonesia is Monash's move to spread its wings to a global level, after opening campuses in Malaysia, China, and India. For more information about Monash University Indonesia, please contact monash.edu/indonesia-campus.

 

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