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In Indonesia, the U.S. is committed to advancing national and global development in partnership with the Government of Indonesia (GOI). Our projects focus on improving the quality of the higher education system, promoting university partnerships, and expanding access to high quality basic and vocational education. 

  • USAID developed a cadre of skilled leaders and innovators, providing more than 4,000 scholarships for Indonesians to study in the U.S. and Indonesia. 

  • USAID, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, undertook a national survey of early grade reading that linked improved reading performance with student-centered teaching practices.

  • USAID is working to improve the quality of primary and junior secondary education for more than 780,000 students by working with 13,000 teachers in more than 6,000 schools across the country.   

  • In an effort to support a higher performing justice system, USAID provided education and training opportunities for legal professionals, including judges and prosecutors. Programs also sent candidates, chosen from Indonesian law faculties and civil society organizations, to obtain master’s degrees in law at the University of Washington. A partnership between Georgia State University and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta enhanced the capacity of GOI institutions to perform accurate economic and fiscal analyses. 


Current Program

Higher Education and University Partnerships

USAID promotes collaboration between U.S. and Indonesian universities to improve teaching and research. USAID is building technical capacity in Indonesian universities in public health, education, environmental protection and climate change. These university partnerships promote academic collaborations to address some of Indonesia’s key development challenges. Since 2009, USAID has awarded a total of 16 grants under the University Partnership Program. Educational institutions in Indonesia and the U.S. are undertaking a broad spectrum of research, ranging from public health to climate change and new uses for indigenous plant species. In partnership with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, USAID is also helping to improve the higher education experience by working with university administrators and faculty members to adopt, implement, and sustain quality management systems. USAID supports 50 higher education institutions across Indonesia to improve general administration and leadership, quality assurance of institutional management and academic programs, financial management, and external collaboration.

Scholarship Programs 

USAID's education programs provide a range of training opportunities and scholarships for Indonesians. Students develop the skills and expertise needed to address global challenges and help advance Indonesia as a prosperous, democratic nation. Since the late1950s, more than 4,000 Indonesians have received scholarships for U.S. and Indonesian universities and tens of thousands of Indonesians have attended short-term training programs. USAID's current scholarship programs include opportunities for post-graduate degrees and short-term technical training in the fields of law, economics, public policy, political science, public administration, environment, health, and education. USAID’s scholarship programs provide opportunities for advanced academic degrees in the U.S. and Indonesia. The scholars supported by USAID are tomorrow’s leaders; they are an excellent investment in Indonesia’s future.

Basic Education

USAID’s flagship basic education project helps the GOI to expand access to high-quality basic education, to enhance the capacity of local and provincial governments to coordinate, plan, manage, and finance education services, and to improve school management. The program focusses on strengthening reading comprehension. USAID provides technical assistance and training for 16 Indonesian Teacher Training Institutes to improve the quality of teaching and learning in 6,000 primary schools, junior secondary schools, and madrasahs in 91 districts, focusing on low-income areas.

Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships

A significant portion of USAID’s education portfolio focuses on collaborative university-to-university research and higher education interventions that will increase the supply of merit-based research and Indonesia’s ability to contribute to global scientific discourse. USAID will continue its support for scholarships and strengthened individual and institutional capacity in Indonesian institutes of higher learning. A new program will involve working with the Indonesian Academy of Science to build the institution’s capacity to oversee an Indonesian Science Fund, an independent, national-level financing mechanism to support merit-based scientific research - along the lines of the U.S. National Science Foundation. Additional programs include support for young researchers in Indonesia that will magnify their contributions to national development.

Inclusive Workforce Development

The new Inclusive Workforce Development (IWD) project aims to improve workforce development opportunities for 200,000 poor and vulnerable Indonesians in six provinces: Central Java, East Java, West Java, North Sumatra, South Sulawesi and Papua. The project will improve access for the poor and vulnerable to quality, relevant workforce development programs; connect Indonesians to private sector training opportunities; and improve the capacity of regional and local governments to develop training and employment opportunities for all Indonesians. The project emphasizes collaboration with new local partners and with the private sector.

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Last updated: February 03, 2017

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