Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, Jakarta's top envoy to the United States, met with UCLA officials last week on campus and at the Indonesian Consulate to discuss educational collaboration and exchange between the two countries.
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the Indonesian ambassador to the United States, welcomed Indonesian studies faculty to his country's consulate general on Dec. 29, 2010, and, later that day, was received by top UCLA officials on campus for meetings about academic initiatives and the forging of new bilateral ties in higher education. Chancellor Gene Block, Executive Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh, and Interim Vice Provost for International Studies Randal Johnson met with the ambassador in the afternoon, a few hours after Center for Southeast Asian Studies Director Michael Ross spoke with him about the history of UCLA's work with Indonesian institutions and its progress in Indonesian studies.
Professor Ross's center hosts an Indonesian Studies Program that supports research by graduate students, organizes conferences and brings international scholars to campus. Last year, with a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant, UCLA helped to launch the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in Bali, an effort to understand "the most biodiverse marine environment in the world." The center is headed by Paul Barber, a UCLA associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
At the first of two Dec. 29 meetings, from left, Education Consul Fiki Oktanio, UCLA Indonesian Language Lecturer Dr. Juliana Wijaya, UCLA International Institute Director of Development Maura Resnick, Pomona College Economics Professor Stephen V. Marks, Indonesian Ambassador HE Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies Director Michael Ross, Indonesian Consul General in Los Angeles Hadi Martono, and Charge d'Affaires/Consul Magdalena F.W. Tompodung.