UW School of Law Professor Veronica Taylor, director of the UW Asian Law Center, travelled recently to Indonesia to prepare for expanding education programs under the planned U.S.-Indonesia Bilateral Partnership.
Taylor joined a delegation of university presidents, vice provosts and center directors representing more than 20 US universities and colleges for the meeting in Jakarta at the end of July, less than two weeks after the bombing of two hotels in that city.
She spoke at a public forum in Jakarta, emphasizing the importance of higher education links between the US and Indonesia.
The delegation laid groundwork for a new partnership to be formally launched when President Obama visits Indonesia later this year. Delegates also met with senior officials at the Indonesia Ministry of Education, Indonesian universities, the U.S. Embassy and American Indonesia Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Commission).
Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia and with a significant Muslim population, has historically sent a large number of students to study in the United States.
In recent years, however, the numbers have declined and fewer Indonesians attend U.S. colleges and universities today than a decade ago.
Delegates to the meeting support the future of academic exchange, which depends heavily on the relationships forged between higher education institutions in Indonesia and the United States.