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Indonesian Delegation Visits Bunker Hill Community College

Monday, September 17, 2012

A delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Education visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on September 17, 2012. The Indonesian delegation included: Prof. Dr. Musliar Kasim, Deputy Minister of Education and Culture; Dr. Kacung Marijan, Expert Staff of the Minister for International Cooperation; Prof. Dr. Nizam, Executive Secretary for the Board of Higher Education; Ms. Veronica Endah Wulandari, Head, SubDirectorate for Planning and Foreign Affairs; and Haryo Winarso, Educational and Cultural Affairs Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C.

The Institute of International Education, in New York, sponsored the visit, which also included a tour of Harvard University and Northeastern University in Boston. The Indonesian officials were particularly interested in the community college system in the United States as they believe it is a possible model that could be imported to their country.

The program at BHCC included presentations on the role of community colleges in the United States, by College President Mary L. Fifield and other senior administrators. The visitors were also given a tour of the College and its International Center, which currently enrolls 12 Indonesian students. The Indonesian students at BHCC were given an opportunity to meet with the delegation.

“We were honored to host a visit by high-level education officials from Indonesia,” said Vilma Tafawa, Executive Director of BHCC’s International Center. “The visit not only provided an opportunity for the Indonesian officials to learn about community colleges, but also enabled us to learn more about higher education in Indonesia.”

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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.