A North East university has become the first institution in the UK to offer degrees to students in Indonesia.
A new partnership between Northumbria University in Newcastle and BINUS International in Indonesia will create the BINUS-Northumbria School of Design (BNSD).
The partnership is firmly rooted in Indonesia’s growing demand for professionals in the creative industries, which contribute more than 6% of Indonesia’s GDP.
Universities Minister David Willetts visited BINUS International with Professor Andrew Wathey, the vice-chancellor of Northumbria University, as part of a mission to Indonesia, Singapore and Australia to promote UK higher education.
He said: “This is a superb example of international collaboration in higher education delivering both educational and economic benefits. Partnerships like Northumbria and BINUS contribute to UK trade and enhance international commercial, cultural and political relationships, as well as helping emerging economies to benefit from the UK’s educational expertise.”
Universitas Bina Nusantara University, in Jakarta, is recognised as one of Indonesia’s leading private universities, with 24,000 students, and ambitious plans to grow this to 41,000 students by 2018.
Within it, BINUS International specialises in international higher education programmes delivered entirely in English. Northumbria is already the UK university that teaches the largest number of Indonesian undergraduates in the UK.
Professor Wathey said: “Our shared vision is to promote outstanding work in design connected to global corporates and global challenges, building on the strengths of both institutions. Both universities have committed to exploring further developments in their teaching and research programme.” Northumbria is also launching four scholarships to promote student placements with BINUS, which will see students move in both directions between the UK and Indonesia. They will be available to students at any level.
Bernard Gunawan, chief executive of Universitas Bina Nusantara University, said: “BINUS University has an important role to play in the education space in Indonesia.
“Together with our strategic partners, we want to build outstanding programmes that prepare our students and graduates to contribute for the country, region, and the world.
“I truly believe that it is this shared value that continually propels BINUS University and Northumbria University to innovate in creating outstanding learning experiences for its students.”
Northumbria University has also launched a new London campus which will provide increased links and new opportunities in the national and international business sector.