Profile: Prof. Suwarsih Madya, Ph.D.

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Suwarsih Madya was born in Sleman, the Special Territory of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She completed her bachelor degree in TEFL in 1974 and master degree in 1976 both in the Faculty of Literature and Arts Teacher Education, the Yogyakarta Institute of Teacher Education and Educational Science. In the following year (1977), she was appointed as a faculty member in this Institute, which was converted into Yogyakarta State University (YSU) in 1999, in which her Faculty was also renamed into Faculty of Languages and Arts. It is in this Faculty that she has enjoyed teaching student teachers of English.

Pursuing a higher degree, she commenced her second Master’s degree program at Macquarie University Australia in 1981 and completed in 1983, focusing on foreign language teacher development. One year later, she returned to Macquarie University to do her Ph.D. program and completed in 1988, still focusing on the same area since she believes strongly in the crucial role of teachers in the whole business of education. It was the curriculum at Macquarie University that gave her ample opportunity to acquire further knowledge of language, learning, language learning, teaching and education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. She deepened her insights into language teacher education through courses such as curriculum development, teacher education, and educational technology with substantial emphasis being determined by individual students according to their academic background, combining lectures, seminars, and semi-structures field (school) observations followed by analytical and reflective reports. All of this later facilitated her involvement in the national project of secondary school English curriculum development in Indonesia (199-1994).

Her insights into educational crucial issues were enhanced through a number of positions she assumed. She was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assume a position as an Attaché of Education and Culture at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 1995-1999. Returning back from Thailand, she was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Postgraduate College at YSU from 2000 to 2003, but before her term finished, she was assigned by the Ministry of National Education as the Head of the Bureau for Foreign Cooperation and Public Relations (2003-2005). This position made it easier for her to carry out her role as a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute of Education, Humburg, Germany (2001-2004) in which she was involved in extensive discussions on adult education. Upon competing her term in the Ministry of National Education, she returned in 2006 to YSU to carry her original job as a faculty member, but two years later she was again seconded to the Ministry of Home Affairs, assuming a position as the Head of the Office of Education and Sports of the Special Territory of Yogyakarta. Upon completing her external assignment, she returned to YSU as a full professor. All her experiences have led her to conclude that education is indeed a huge, complex noble business which should be a cross-sector concern and needs a strong yet empowering leadership and management. Having assumed a position as the Vice Rector for Cooperation and Partnership Affairs at YSU since April 2012, she is now utilizing her understanding to help facilitate the cooperation between her YSU and other educational institutions of all levels both inside the country and abroad.

Professionally, Suwarsih Madya has participated actively in a professional association called TEFLIN (the Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia) as: a member (since 1977 – now), an initiator and also reviewer of the TEFLIN Journal (1988-now), a second treasurer (1988-1993), Vice-President (2000-2003), President (2004-2009), an Advisory Board member (2010-now), and Coordinator of the Measurement and Evaluation Division (2010-now). In 2014 she collaborated with the Indonesian Association of Psychology to establish the Indonesian Testing Service Center, which serves anyone who needs to sit the Test of Basic Academic Ability and the Test of English Proficiency. She also served as the Indonesian representative in Asia TEFL (2005-2009) and chaired the Organizing Committee (consisting of members recruited from about ten universities across Indonesia) of the 6th Asia TEFL International Conference in Bali, August 2008 attended by 1,068 participants from 34 Countries. At the beginning of 2014, she chaired the Organizing Committee of the 27th ICSEI International Conference held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 2-7 January 2014, attended by around 350 participants from 33 countries.

Dual Masters degree graduation 2014


What a wonderful graduation…the dual masters degree of 2013/2014 cohort: Daud Jiwandono, Risa Halidza, Riana Permatasari and Triubaida Maya have completed their studies. They were in the same graduation ceremony with Tati Durriyah, PhD who had been in USINTEC for several years  Check out their happy day here 


Maya, Riana,Dr.Rodgers, Dr.Durriyah, Risa and Daud

Dr. Li’s presentation on youtube

In the end of Spring semester, we closed our international teaching and learning forum series with a presentation from Dr. Minru Li. It was a very fascinating presentation based on theoretical framework from Dr. Galal Walker, who emphasizes the ability to perform in the target language’s culture. Dr. Li also shows the success of this approach in its implementation in teaching Chinese as a foreign language at Ohio State and in teaching English as a foreign language in China. Check out the seminar by clicking here

#4 International Teaching and Learning Forum

The fourth session of the international teaching and learning forum presents Dr. Minru Li, Assistant Director of the National East Asian Languages Resource Cente of The Ohio State University. Dr. Li is going to present his paper entitled The Performed Culture Approach and Cross-cultural Communication”. “The performed culture approach” has been developed by Dr. Galal Walker, the director of the Center, and it has been successfully implemented in teaching foreign languages at the Ohio State University and also teaching English as a foreign language at Wuhan University in China for the last decade.  The session is going to be held at 060 Arps  Hall (1945 N High Street)  on April 25th, 2014 at 2-3 p.m.
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2014 PKPI Scholarship (for Indonesian doctoral students, deadline: April 15, 2014)

The Directorate of Higher Education of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture has opened 2014 PKPI (Peningkatan Kualitas Peblikasi Internasional) scholarship for Indonesian doctoral students. Applicants should proceed to do online application through here by April 15, 2014. Complete information can be downloaded by clicking PANDUAN PKPI 2014. Those who are interested to do their professional development at The Ohio State University should contact as soon as possible.


Discussion on Diplomacy: Dinna Wisnu, Ph. D.

We are hosting a discussion on Indonesian diplomacy with Dr. Dinna Wisnu on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4 p.m. at 387 Arps Hall 1945 N High St.

Dr. Wisnu is an alumna from Political Science, The Ohio State University. She is the co-founder and now director of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy, the first and only graduate school of diplomacy in Indonesia.
She is an avid writer and has written several books and articles, and also given presentations in Indonesia and abroad.
She will discuss her experiences while studying in the United States and also her success story.
Join us in the discussion! flier dinna wisnu

International Teaching and Learning Forum Series: March 28, 2014

The third session of the International Teaching and Learning Forum sponsored by USINTEC and Combined  ESL program of the Department of Teaching and Learning of the Ohio State University is going to be held on March 28, 2014 at 060 Arps Hall from 2 to  4 p.m.

We are going to present Büşra Delen (Fulbright Visiting Scholar at OSU) and Robert Eckhart & Jaclyn Gishbaugher (Executive director and staff of Combined ESL program). Büşra will present a paper entitled “Second Language Teacher Education in Turkey: The Turkish Perspective on the Context and Process of Training English Teachers”. Bob and Jackie are going to co-present on “Opportunities for cooperation and collaboration with USINTEC universities in Indonesia” based on their visit to Indonesia couple weeks ago.
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USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program from June to August held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students and recent graduates selected in a competitive application process. Due to the Eid holidays, this year Summer Studies program will begin on June 2 and end on July 25, 2014.

The deadline for USINDO’s Summer Language Study (Summer Studies) Program application submission is approaching: March 31, 2014.

For further information regarding this program, click here

The 6th Annual Indonesia Focus Conference

ASIRPA (Asian Society International Relations and Public Affair) and the Department of Teaching and Learning of the College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University are going to host the 6st Annual Indonesia Focus Conference on November 7-8, 2014.

This year’s topic is “Toward a Better Future: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges in Social, Economic and Political Change in Indonesia”.  The conference welcomes papers, especially in the area of:

  •           Politics and International Relations
  •           Social and Economy
  •           Communications, Media and Technology
  •           Education and Culture
  •           Science and Engineering

The deadline for abstract submission: May 31, 2014. For further information, click here.