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Ground-breaking of Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center in Indonesia

Time:2018-10-12

On October 9, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center (Tsinghua SEA) was held at Kura Kura Island in Bali, Indonesia. Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University, and Yang Bin, Provost and Vice President of Tsinghua University, attended the ceremony.


Tsinghua SEA, focusing on non-degree education and cultural exchanges, is a key component of Tsinghua University’s Global Strategy. The center is operated with the support from United in Diversity (UID), a public charity fund based in Indonesia.

Qiu Yong,Yang Bin,Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Indonesian president’s special envoy and coordinating minister of Maritime Affair; Rudiantara, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia; Agus Widjojo, the Governor of the National Resilient Agency of the Republic of Indonesia; Ainun Na’im, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia; Xiao Qian, the Chinese ambassador to Indonesia; Jeffrey D. Sachs, the Director of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN); Mari Elka Pangestu, the President of UID; Tuti Hadiputrato, the Chairman of UID; Cherie Nursalim, the Vice Chairman of UID and GITI Group;I Gede Ardika and Richard Goh, respectively the President and the CEO of Kura Kura Bali and the Tsinghua faculty representative shovel the soil together for the foundation ceremony of the Tsinghua SEA. Zhang Tao, the Vice President of the IMF and a Tsinghua alumnus, is also present for the event.


In his address, President Qiu started by conveying his deepest condolence to the survivors, families, and people recovering from the recent earthquake, tsunami and volcano eruption. He reviewed the history of exchange between Tsinghua and Indonesia and the preparations for the construction of the Tsinghua SEA. He noted that Tsinghua SEA would be the third overseas physical presence of Tsinghua University, based on its past successful experience in establishing the Global Innovation Exchange Institute in Seattle and the China-Italy Design Innovation Hub in Milan. It is an exciting new step by Tsinghua within the framework of its Global Strategy launched in 2016. The Tsinghua SEA will focus on talent training, academic exchange and cooperation in Southeast Asia and around the world. It will serve the needs of Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries in terms of human capital training in the face of Industry 4.0, and contribute to the Belt and Road Strategy and UN SDGs. “With the launch of this brand new platform, Tsinghua will join hands with our global partners and all stakeholders to bring about real change for the common future of mankind”, said President Qiu.

President Qiu expressed his sincere gratitude to the UID Fund, the GITI Group and all those who cooperated and who participated in the conception and construction of Tsinghua SEA. “I hope that a hundred years from now, our successors, especially the alumni of Tsinghua SEA, will celebrate what we initiated today”, said President Qiu.


At the signing ceremony, Qiu Yong and Mari Elka Pangestu signed a cooperation agreement on behalf of Tsinghua University and UID Fund respectively. The UID Fund will provide venues and operational support for Tsinghua SEA. Ainun Na’im and Rudiantara individually signed a three-party cooperation MoU with Qiu Yong and Mari Elka Pangestu, committed to cooperation in high-level talent education.

Xiao Qian, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, stated in his address that the ground-breaking of Tsinghua SEA is a “historic moment”. China and Indonesia are good neighbors, friends and partners. Tsinghua SEA will play an active role in China’s relationship with the countries in Southeast Asia.


Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Rudiantara, Agus Widjojo, Ainun Na’im, Jeffrey Sachs, Mari Elka Pangestu and Gede Ardika all gave speeches during the ceremony and extended their best wishes for the future of Tsinghua SEA.

In his evening address, Yang Bin expressed his thanks to the UID Fund again for the help and support to the construction of Tsinghua SEA. He stated that the center will not only be an institution for international education but also an open innovative platform connecting different domains of society.


Tsinghua PBC School of Finance has been actively responding to the call of Tsinghua University on educational innovation to support the Belt and Road Initiative.

Since 2015, Tsinghua PBCSF has successively launched a series of Belt and Road programs, including B&R EMBA program for Southeast Asia, Belt & Road Fintech Advanced Program, OBOR Media Training and South-South Education Program for Economics and Finance, aiming at building a platform for communication and exchange between countries.

From October 8 to 13, 2018, Tsinghua PBCSF Indonesia Navigating Program organized its first B&R study trip, promoting communication between entrepreneurs from China and Indonesia. As the only alumni group attending the ground-breaking ceremony, students from the Tsinghua PBCSF Indonesia Navigating Program witnessed this historical moment. During the six-day visit,  program participants attended lectures delivered by eight Indonesian government ministers, visited Indonesian embassy and local leading enterprises, including Sampoerna Group, MAP, Tokopedia, Gojek, and etc., learned about Indonesia’s first high-speed rail project-Jakarta-Bandung railway, and exchanged ideas with Indonesian business leaders as well as other Tsinghua alumni.

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