Indonesian Leaders visit IOG for Governance Training
Author: Lisa Levesque
In June, the IOG provided advanced training in democratic governance to fourteen Indonesian University leaders. The purpose of the initiative was to educate and to provide support for institutes of higher learning working towards better governance and higher levels of civic engagement. The attendees included senior members from UNI Alauddin, Makassar (UIN-M) Sunan Ampel State Islamic Institute (IAIN-S), Surabaya, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The Indonesian students spent six days in Ottawa in the classroom, followed by seven days visiting Quebec and Southern Ontarian universities. Lectures included education on governance modeling and the study of Canadian governance structures pertinent to institutes of higher learning. Participants were also exposed to innovative and effective approaches to policy development, planning, and management approaches, all of which have the capacity for institutional change leading to democratic advances.
A major focus for students was studying and developing strategies to effectively integrate community engagement through the three-part university mission of teaching, research, and community service. This mission builds on the capacity of intuitions of higher learning to develop strong partnerships with government agencies, municipal groups, community service organizations and community members. The goal for the participants was to understand how universities can become “community-engaged institutions,” or centres of excellence for community outreach that are gender and social issue inclusive. Environmental management, having campuses “going green,” was also a concern.
The project was funded by CIDA, through Cowater International. It was developed to compliment the participants’ ongoing work in SILE/LLO (Supporting Islamic Leadership in Indonesia Project: Local Leadership in Development), the mandate of which is to support democratic governance and enhance participation of civil society actors in the decision-making processes at the local level by strengthening and expanding the outreach functions of Islamic institutions of higher learning. Training was headed by Laura Edgar and Steve Tierney.
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