JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - US Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume has announced his support for an initiative by AMINEF’s EducationUSA advising service to double the number of Indonesians studying in the US within the next five years. A US Embassy press release made available to Antara on Friday said the "Take Control" initiative would provide greater public access to EducationUSA’s advisers through a combination of mobile advising services and an enhanced online presence.
EducationUSA is a State Department-supported network of educational advising centers around the world tasked with assisting international students to achieve their goals of studying in the United States. The initiative will make EducationUSA’s free advisory services available to more students throughout Indonesia, helping them take control of their future by realizing their ambition of studying in the United States.
"I endorse this initiative to encourage Indonesian students to study in the United States. They should take control of their future, and we can help to make it happen," Ambassador Hume said. He said the US offered the best educational facilities in the world.
"We welcome international students. I hope many more Indonesian students will study at American universities. EducationUSA’s expanded services can give them reliable information and helpful guidance," Hume said.
Meanwhile, Country Coordinator for EducationUSA Brook Ross said, "The United States offers Indonesian students the widest selection of world-class universities. A U.S. education is more accessible, more affordable and now more available to more Indonesian students than ever before."
Almost 7,700 Indonesian students are currently studying in the U.S. to achieve the goal of doubling that number, EducationUSA is expanding its team of professional advisers and deploying them at mobile advisory centers around the country. Visitors to the booths will be able to talk to an adviser and get immediate, objective guidance on how best to select a university, apply for a course of study, assess financial needs, apply for a visa and any other aspect of pursuing a U.S. education.
"EducationUSA has a physical presence in three of Indonesia’s 13 provinces, so for many people it is just not possible to visit an EducationUSA office," said Ross. "The new mobile advising services will make trained advisers available to more people, providing on-the-spot assistance and information on how to get the education they really want."
Supplementing the mobile advising service is a new website at www.educationUSA.or.id that not only provides information on universities and courses but also allows students to interact online with an adviser or connect with other Indonesian students in the U.S. through popular online networking sites including Facebook and Twitter.
"Indonesia is an increasingly networked society. The new website allows anyone with a computer, notebook or web-capable phone not only to search for information but to interact directly with an adviser online in real time. This makes it much easier for students to get the advice and counsel they need without them necessarily having to travel to an office," he said.