Indonesian Officials Visit Mason

Posted: November 18, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

By Rita Rowand, Office of Global Strategies

Four government officials from the Aceh Institute for Human Resources Development in Aceh, Indonesia, visited Mason last week on a partnership-oriented study tour. The Aceh government has seen a growing number of Acehnese students pursuing degrees in the United States and hopes to expand its relationship with Mason.

Clare Banks of the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C., escorted the group to Mason.

The delegation included Husni Bahri, former secretary of Aceh Province and current member of the institute’s Advisory Board; Syarifuddin Zainal Hasan, chief auditor of Aceh; Idris Ibrahim, education advisor for the governor of Aceh; and Qismullah Yusuf, chairman of the institute’s commission.

The delegation visited Mason’s Office of Global and International Strategies and met with Rita Rowand, global relations specialist, and Amanda Morgan, associate director in the Office of Admissions for international admissions, to discuss future engagement. The group also toured the campus and met with John Pope, director of the English Language Institute, and Deborah Goodings, chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering.

Goodings described the delegation as “a very earnest group working to rebuild their province destroyed by their civil war and the tsunami. Foreign aid is helping to rebuild their civil and physical infrastructure. And they are sending students abroad to rebuild their equally important human capacity — engineers, teachers, professors, doctors and nurses.”

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