Cambridge International To Train Indonesian Teachers

United Kingdom-based Cambridge Assessment International Education, an international qualifications provider, is partnering with Putera Sampoerna Foundation, a social organization based in Indonesia, on a series of professional development training programs.

The educational programs developed by the partnership will be delivered through Sampoerna University in Indonesia. This milestone was celebrated today in Sampoerna University L'Avenue Campus in Jakarta with a contract signing ceremony between the two partners.

Regional Director, Southeast Asia & Pacific Ben Schmidt and Secretary Elan Merdy signed the contract on behalf of Cambridge Assessment International Education and Sampoerna, respectively.  

The professional development initiative will begin in April and has seen positive results in its pilot implementation last year. It will again give teachers in Indonesia the opportunity to develop their competence in the field of English-medium international education. 

Through the partnership with Sampoerna University, Cambridge International is committed to developing the competence of Indonesian teachers to teach an international curriculum in English, often in a bilingual setting in combination with the Indonesian national curriculum.

Indonesian teachers will also have the opportunity to become accredited as Cambridge teacher-trainers themselves, which will in turn train other teachers at schools offering the Cambridge International curriculum.

Building local capacity for the delivery of high-quality professional development in education has been one of the foci of Cambridge Assessment International Education's activities in Indonesia. Each year, it sends accredited Cambridge trainers from the United Kingdom to Indonesia to spearhead over 30 teacher training events in Cambridge IGCSE and A/AS Level subjects.

"Our formal partnership with Putera Sampoerna Foundation proves that we are committed to developing local teacher-training capability in Indonesia, and we are honoured to be able to expand our offering of professional development courses for Cambridge teachers and schools across Indonesia. We worked with the Putera Sampoerna Foundation because it has a successful track record in teacher professional development and the organisational capacity to handle complex logistical arrangements," said Ben Schmidt at the event, which also saw the presence of Michael Little, Director English for the British Council in Indonesia

Gusman Yahya, Director of Putera Sampoerna Foundation -- School Development Outreach (SDO) stated: "As part of our commitment to empowering the educators, under the Sampoerna University, SDO actively engages highly reputable international education institutions like Cambridge to continuously produce quality graduates who are able to compete in global markets and prepare them to be work-ready and world-ready by providing comprehensive educational experiences. The partnership with Cambridge would create a bigger opportunity in terms of access and affordability for schools and educators to have high quality professional development."