MELBOURNE - Monash University, one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious universities, has obtained approval from the Indonesian government to establish an overseas campus in Jakarta, which will offer Master and PhD degrees as well as executive programmes.

According to a statement on the university’s official website, Monash Indonesia will facilitate “the two-way flow of students and scholars” with a focus on fields of high demands such as data science and digital technology, infrastructure and urban planning, creative industry and entrepreneurship, and health systems and public health.

“I am very pleased Monash University will establish a branch campus in Indonesia. This will help accelerate the strengthening of our education system and deepen the social, economic and technological links between Australia and Indonesia,” said Education Minister Nadiem Makarim in an official statement on Monash University’s website, Monday (10/2).

Monash Indonesia will commence short executive programmes later this year, with the first intake of Masters students scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021. Currently Monash University has one overseas campus in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.

“Monash has a long history of engagement in Indonesia and a desire to build deeper links with a thriving and innovative community with great ambitions for education and research,” said Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr Margaret Gardner.

“The opening of Monash Indonesia, the first Australian university based in Indonesia, will enable us to work in and with Indonesian people and their organisations to realise their future opportunities. The physical establishment also serves as a symbol of Monash’s commitment to Indonesia and the wider Asian region, as well as stronger research and education links between Indonesia and Australia.”

As part of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), Indonesia and Australia are committed to increasing cooperation in fields including education. Among others, the agreement will facilitate Australian universities that seek to open campuses in Indonesia. (MS)