An Office of International Affairs (OIA) delegation led by Vice Provost Dennis Galvan and Associate Vice President for International Advancement John Manotti met in October with an enthusiastic crowd of UO alumni in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.
“Indonesia has one of the largest and most active UO alumni groups in Asia, and we were delighted to reconnect with their tremendous energy and Duck loyalty,” said Galvan.
The visit also received a great deal of support from the U.S. Embassy, which allowed the delegation to hold their UO Alumni reception inside their sophisticated multimedia cultural center, @America, located in a major shopping mall in the commercial heart of bustling Jakarta.
US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake attended the reception, addressed the group, stayed for the entire program, and joined UO alumni in numerous cries of Go Ducks!
The delegation spoke with the alumni about the need for more study abroad scholarships, support for international students, forging connections for international faculty research, and development of innovative programs that tackle social issues in specific countries.
“In the coming months we'll be working hard to coordinate recruitment of Indonesia undergrads and grad students to top UO programs in urban sustainability, product design, sports business and economics, and many other areas of excellence. We are thrilled at the outpouring of alumni support and big push to recruit Indonesian undergrads,” said Galvan.
OIA will also be working with local partners in Jakarta to set up opportunities for UO students to study in Indonesia and have access to international internships.
“We envision new exchange and faculty collaboration programs with Universitas Indonesia, and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta,” says Galvan.
The OIA visit concluded with the official participation of the UO in the Asian Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) meeting of senior international officers from 45 top research universities held at Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta.
Here is the flickr site from @america-- these photos may be used in any other medium, e.g. University Facebook, websites, etc.