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Dutch visit to Indonesia creates new international study options

New degree, research and study abroad options for students in the Netherlands and Indonesia

Indonesian Vice Present Dr Boediono

New educational agreements between the Netherlands and Indonesia will see new international degree options, research partnerships and opportunities for student exchange programmes.


During a four-day official visit in February, Leiden University signed arrangements with the University of Indonesia (UI) and the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) for a new double degree PhD programme in History between Leiden and UGM, and agreed to create increased options for Humanities students to complete exchange programmes between Leiden and UI.


Medical schools from both nations also agreed to participate in research partnerships, as well as work collaboratively both within the field of Parasitology and towards establishing a centre of excellence in cervical cancer. Rector Magnificus and Leiden University president Carel Stolker has called the visit a success.


‘Leiden University and Indonesian universities already had a close relationship, but now it is even closer,’ he said. ‘[The visit] was, in fact, one big celebration of the past and future.’


As well as sharing a colonial past, Leiden University has long held strong ties with Indonesia. Leiden sports the world’s largest research hub on Indonesia, with the university library recently entrusted with collections of both the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asia and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).


Asia is a leading area of research at Leiden, offering a range of study programmes via its International Institute for Asian Studies and Modern East Asia Research Centre. Leiden also runs ‘ENCOMPASS,’ a unique study programme where the university offers Asian scholars the chance to engage with its research and archive resources. The two or three year programme is financed by Leiden and the Dutch Ministry of Education, and works in partnership with a number of Asian universities. Leiden is also a member of the International Student Network (ISN), a European association that promotes and develops international student exchange.


These ago-old relations, it seems, are only set to strengthen. As a follow-up on agreements to strengthen educational ties between the nations, Indonesian Vice President Dr. Boediono paid a visit to Leiden on March 26 to give a lecture on Indonesian democratisation and receive the illustrious William of Orange medal. Awarded for services to society, the medal has previously been awarded to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


The Indonesian government is also examining to work with Leiden University’s law department in investigations of stolen asset recovery and corruption crimes. This initiative featured as a topic of discussion during Dr. Boediono’s March visit.


Currently, there are approximately 600 Leiden alumni living in Indonesia.


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