UMUC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia
Collaborative agreement paves the way for cooperative development of academic programs and learning materials, joint research and scholarship, visits by academic personnel and scholars, development of dual degree and certificate programs, and more
ADELPHI, MD (June 24, 2011)—UMUC today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Universitas Terbuka (UT), Indonesia, that will pave the way for the two universities to collaborate on mutually beneficial activities that may include program and learning materials development, joint research and scholarship, visits by academic personnel and scholars, joint research and scholarship initiatives, development of dual degree and certificate programs, and more. In one initiative already underway, UMUC will provide a specialized training program in distance learning for six graduate faculty from UT, leading to a special Certificate of Distance Learning: Course Design and Pedagogy.
The MOU with UT is part of a strategic effort by UMUC to broaden its international base through collaboration with key institutions throughout the developing world. The agreement also responds to calls from the White House encouraging higher education institutions in the United States to establish partnerships in Indonesia that will help meet the educational needs of its citizens.
“We are pleased and proud to join with Universitas Terbuka in this Memorandum of Understanding that promises to benefit both universities, to aid UT in serving students across Indonesia, and to further UMUC’s own mission of making a quality education accessible to adult students worldwide,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “As both our institutions learn from one another, we plan to build long-term, productive relationships that mutually benefit each institution and its nations.”
The MOU grew out of discussions between the universities’ leadership that began at the ICDE (International Council for Distance Education) World Conference in Maastricht, Netherlands, in June 2009. UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge and UT Rector Tian Belawati served as signatories.