This fall, Corban University administrators signed an extended partnership with Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), in Karawaci, Indonesia, that will continue to advance Christian education throughout the world’s fourth most populous nation.
Corban has a unique partnership with UPH and its Teachers College. Education majors from the Teachers College receive an accredited Corban University degree once they complete the program. Upon graduation, these new teachers fill classroom positions at Christian schools in many of Indonesia’s most impoverished regions. Graduates of Corban’s School of Education are also given the opportunity to work at schools established by the Pelita Harapan Foundation, the parent organization for the network of schools. A number of Corban alumni now teach in Indonesia.
A liaison officer will travel between Corban and the Teachers College, and work closely with Corban Provost Matt Lucas to track student progress and ensure each student meets the rigorous accreditation requirements. Additionally, the liaison officer will continue to build relationships between, and pursue opportunities for, faculty and students at both universities.
“The new memorandum of understanding is evidence that the good work by Dr. Lucas and Dr. Janine Allen is appreciated and valued by our UPH colleagues,” said Corban President-elect Sheldon Nord. Corban President Reno Hoff, called it another example of how a mission can be fulfilled when God is in control.
“Corban University will continue to realize our mission through teacher education in Indonesia and expand those efforts across all of Asia,” Hoff said. “All of the credit goes to Jesus Christ for these collaborative opportunities.”
The new agreement will take effect July 1, 2013 and run through 2017.