Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has released further details of its first foreign university campus in Indonesia, after it secured official legal status and a licence to operate from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
A lease has been signed for the Yayasan Monash University Indonesia, known as Monash Indonesia, on its Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City location, southwest of Jakarta.
Monash University senior pro vice-chancellor (Southeast Asia Partnerships) Professor Andrew MacIntyre said that plans will now go ahead to design a purpose-built campus in a modern and sustainable city centre following the lease signing.
MacIntyre said: “The BSD City location was selected as it best represents Monash’s own goals: to be connected to industry, in close proximity to innovative companies and other Indonesian universities, highly environmentally sustainable, and create a real precinct of work, recreation and lifestyle around the campus.”
The new environmentally friendly Indonesia campus at Green Office Park 9 (GoP9) will be digitally advanced and house an innovative digital library.
Monash University president and vice-chancellor professor Margaret Gardner said: “This campus will be working closely with industry in Indonesia. It was essential that Monash Indonesia was located in the hub of industry to ensure our students had access to employers, employment opportunities and industry leaders.”
The next phase of the development will involve work on the design of the campus, as well as staff recruitment.
At present, Monash University is designing the layout of the Indonesian campus.
The original announcement was made last year and the initial programme offering is set to start next October.