Arizona State University and Oracle Academy collaborate to support higher education projects in Indonesia

August 28, 2023 | 2 minute read
Damian Haas
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, JAPAC
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Arizona State University (ASU) and Oracle Academy are collaborating to support the Higher Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) projects in Indonesia. This partnership, established in 2022, aims to enhance higher education in Indonesia.

Through the HEPI Projects, a consortium of U.S. and Indonesian universities, along with government and industry partners, are working to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs in Indonesia. The initiative includes the development of industry-linked curricula, experiential learning opportunities for students, guidance on international degree programs, and information about Indonesian Ministry of Education scholarships. It also encourages collaboration between faculty from the United States and Indonesia, aiming to boost international recognition of Indonesian higher education programs. Additionally, the program facilitates partnerships between universities and companies to enhance students' employability. This project is funded by USAID.

“The USAID HEPI project aligns well with the “Kampus Merdeka” initiative to increase the quality and global recognition of Indonesian university programs and enhance students’ readiness for the workforce through partnerships with industry and American university partnerships,” said Professor Nizam, acting Director General of Higher Education Research and Technology at the Ministry of Education.

In a recent two-day workshop, Oracle Academy, along with other HEPI industry partners including Cisco Academy, Rockwell Automation, Freeport, and Boeing, presented their contributions to the HEPI Projects. The workshop was attended by mentor universities BINUS University, Universitas Hasanuddin, and Institut Teknologi Bandung, all of which are Oracle Academy Institution members, as well as numerous affiliate universities, many of which are also Oracle Academy members.

Oracle Academy's goals for the HEPI projects involve strengthening targeted STEM degree programs offered by Indonesian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This is achieved through faculty development/professional-development programs, capacity building for faculty on industry-aligned curriculum, and industry-sponsored curriculum adoption. The objective is to align educational offerings with private sector and industry demands, enhancing educators’ knowledge and skills through teaching and learning resources.

As the demand for STEM graduates grows, HEPI collaborates with Oracle Academy and other industry partners to create curricula aligned with market needs. This provides students with hands-on experience in laboratories using cutting-edge technology and opportunities to innovate in the maker innovation space (MIS) and develop innovative products.

The HEPI initiative’s goals align with Indonesia's commitment to equitable access to quality higher education across urban and remote areas. Government policies and strategies aim to provide productive youth with global learning experiences, preparing them for a rapidly evolving global job market.

Damian Haas

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, JAPAC

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