Overview of USINTEC
USINTEC is a consortium of 15 top-ranking state universities in the U.S. and Indonesia and a Southeast Asian regional center for open and distance learning. Broadly stated, the USINTEC goal is to improve Indonesian education, teacher preparation, and teacher quality. USINTEC was formally established as a bi-national higher education consortium in 2006 after nearly a year of collaborative planning among member institutions. Its agenda is based on national priorities in Indonesia and the United States and on institutional needs identified by faculty, staff, and top-level administrators. The consortium is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by chief academic/executive officers, education deans, and USINTEC Institutional Directors at member institutions. USINTEC is an outgrowth of relationships developed over two decades between The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and teacher education institutions across Indonesia.
- To promote collaboration and mutual understanding of the United States and Indonesia through higher education partnerships
- To strengthen institutional capacity in teacher education throughcollaborative development of innovative educational programs and research to be conducted in the U.S. and Indonesia
USINTEC’s intended outcomes are increased institutional capacity in Indonesia to address key development issues, design new programs to certify teachers, and bring about systemic change in teacher education. The consortium has established an international community of teacher preparation universities whose goal is to sustain relationships among partners through international dual master’s degree and short-term graduate programs, collaborative research, and development and utilization of ICT. U.S. scholars are benefiting by testing pedagogical practices and research conclusions developed in the U.S. against the different socio-cultural, educational, and political contexts of Indonesia. Indonesian scholars are benefiting from greater access to resources and scholars outside Indonesia. USINTEC is working to promote the global engagement of U.S. and Indonesian faculty and graduate students and enlarge their perspectives of the unique and collective challenges they face in preparing quality teachers. Ultimately, USINTEC will support Indonesia’s efforts to strengthen democracy and compete globally by producing a more highly qualified teacher workforce.
The three U.S. USINTEC universities, Ohio State University (Ohio State), Indiana University (IU), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), are ranked in the top tier of research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Several Ohio State, IU, and UICU graduate programs in education are ranked in the Top 10 in the United States in the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Grad Schools, 2013. The publication surveys 280 public and private universities nationwide which grant doctoral degrees in education. Those programs ranked in the Top 10 include: elementary teacher education, secondary teacher education, curriculum and instruction, technical/vocational education, education administration and supervision, higher education administration, student counseling and personnel services, special education, and educational psychology. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools
Executive Director, USINTEC
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University
Phone: (614) 292-9611
Fax: (614) 292-7208