Partnership in education is a means to advance mutual diplomatic relations among countries and takes many forms, ranging from student exchange, co-research, to knowledge transfer through cultural exchange programs. These partnerships are expected to amplify the countries’ mutual understanding and profiling, which may lead to better economic and trade collaboration.
Therefore, to foster a similar partnership, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Charles Morrison, and Dr. TeranceBigalke, from East-West Center - University of Hawaii, visited Indonesia to promote educational and cultural exchange opportunities between the United States and Indonesia. In their visit to PuteraSampoerna Foundation they shared information on US universities and updates on education development in both countries.
"I’m visiting Indonesia with other education delegations. We’re working with the government partners and PuteraSampoerna Foundation to promote universities in the US and share views on the development of education," said Maya who is not only popular as the sibling of the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, but is also well-known as a teacher, professor, and education specialist.
PuteraSampoerna Foundation through Sampoerna Academy has been successful in sending its graduates to American universities, including one graduate who was accepted at the University of Hawaii where East-West Center is located.
“Congratulations to PuteraSampoerna Foundation and to the graduates of Sampoerna Academy who continue their education at the best universities in America and Indonesia,” added Maya.
“We are delighted that one of our graduates was accepted in a reputable university in the US. We hope similar visits can encourage future partnerships and open doors to numerous opportunities,” said NennySoemawinata, Managing Director of PuteraSampoerna Foundation.