The world's fourth most populous country and its third-largest democracy, Indonesia is an archipelago of 17,500 islands in Southeast Asia stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. Islands, mountains, and rainforests — home to over 300 ethnic groups — form a patchwork of linguistically, geographically and culturally-diverse regions. No single ethnic group claims a majority of the population. Islam dominates Indonesia's religious landscape at four-fifths of the population while Evangelical Christianity comprises roughly 5.6 percent.
Historically, the region embraced religious movements from the Asian mainland — Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Today, although the country has a secular constitution, its Muslim population is higher than any other country. Indonesia's geography, array of 722 languages, and 750 people groups present unique obstacles for the church. Active and confident Christian leaders with a vision for the Gospel face a challenge — and an opportunity — spanning the entire archipelago.
Corban is in its 5th year of a partnership agreement with Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), in Karawaci, Indonesia, that advances Christian education.
Corban’s partnership with UPH and its Teachers College (TC) is unique. 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.
Corban University also provides accreditation for International Teachers College (ITC) at UPH under the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). ITC attracts an international faculty and students who pursue a B.Ed. in primary (elementary) education or English education. Graduates receive a dual degree from Corban University and the Universitas Pelita Harapan. ITC currently seeks qualified lecturers.
Graduates of Corban’s school of education in Salem, Oregon have the opportunity to work at schools established by the Pelita Harapan Foundation, the parent organization for the network of schools.
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