U.S. and Indonesia to Expand Educational Ties

June 27, 2010 | The Chronicle of Higher Education

The United States will spend $165-million over the next five years on programs to help strengthen higher education in Indonesia through educational exchanges and university partnerships, President Obama and Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, announced Sunday at a meeting at the G-20 summit in Toronto.

The two leaders also agreed to hold a joint higher-education summit next summer.[more]

Indonesia launches massive initiative to certify teachers

June 18, 2010 | College of Education and Human Ecology (The Ohio State University)

Indonesia has plans to certify 2.7 million teachers in the next 10 years.

The bold legislative move represents the first effort to create a system of teacher certification since formation of the country’s university system in 1945 after independence from the Dutch.

This formidable task demands not only developing new programs to certify current and future teachers, but also upgrading the educational levels and knowledge of university lecturers who prepare them, says Sue Dechow, Teaching and Learning.[more]