Developing Leadership Capacity in Indonesian Higher Education

  • K. Peter Kuchinke
Part of the Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets book series (PSIEM)


Expanding the capacity of higher education has been a public policy mandate in Indonesia for the past decade. The development imperative to move to a knowledge economy requires far-reaching reform of tertiary education in terms of governance and administrative leadership; quality of research, teaching, and service; and expansion to accommodate increased demand. This chapter describes a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development and carried out by a consortium of three research universities in the Midwest with the goal of strengthening leadership and management capacity for senior higher education leaders, such as heads of department, deans, rectors, and presidents. Initiatives at the national, consortium, and institutional level over a five-year period as well as results and remaining challenges are described.


High Education Academic Program Academic Field Leadership Development United States Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Peter Kuchinke
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  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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