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31 October 2023

King's to deliver Masters course in Digital Economies in Indonesia

King’s College London and Singharsari Special Economic Zone have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to deliver Masters programmes in Digital Economies and Digital Futures in Indonesia, at a symposium hosted by King’s and the British Council.

Indonesia UK British Council Symposium signing October 2023

The 2-year part-time MSc programmes, led by King’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and delivered through hybrid learning, will welcome its first students in September 2024.

Students will develop their core understanding of the impact of the digital transformation on society, with the courses focusing on global developments, as well as paying particular attention to the economies of South East Asia. Additional optional modules will also be available in subjects such as AI and Society, Digital Entrepreneurship, and Digital Industries and Internet Culture.

The course will be delivered at the Singhasari Special Economic Zone in the city of Malang, East Java. The Special Economic Zone has been set up by the Indonesian Government to support growth in digital content production, technology development, education and tourism.

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We are delighted to be taking key steps towards this new partnership, which sees King’s continue to deliver on our long-standing commitment to being in service to society by supporting international higher education provision and contributing to the UK’s export of world-class higher education around the globe.

Dr Helen Bailey, Deputy Vice President for Global Business Development at King's

The partnership reflects the strategic vision outlined in the UK Government’s International Education Strategy, which identified Indonesia as one of five priority international markets for UK universities; and King’s internationalisation strategy 2029 which has a core focus on global reach, collaboration and university alliances.

The partnership will support workforce development and innovation within Indonesia, and a growing demand for high-quality higher education provision in the country. King's will be the first Russell Group university to provide transnational education in Indonesia.

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In a world that’s steadily advancing towards digitalisation, it’s essential to acknowledge the extensiveness of this shift and the crucial skill it has become in today’s job market. The partnership between King’s College London and Singhasari Special Economic Zone is a testament to our joint effort in equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to thrive in this digital age. It is a significant step forward in our shared journey towards a brighter, more digitally empowered future.

Summer Xia, Country Director Indonesia and Director South East Asia, British Council

It is hoped that the partnership will expand to incorporate more programmes across different faculties such as the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Law and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience over the coming years, enabling further courses in subjects such as Cyber Security and Digital Law.

At King’s we are pioneering and teaching approaches to technology that will enable students to navigate and innovate within a fast-developing field. More than this though, because we take ‘living well with technology’ as our framing mission our approaches are designed to have human flourishing and social wellbeing at their core. This gives a distinctive and particularly valuable focus to the skills and knowledge we share with our students.

Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Summer Xia, the Country Director Indonesia and Director South East Asia for the British Council further said  “We at the British Council are delighted to be able to support the establishment of this important partnership through our Going Global Partnerships programme, which is a great example of our commitment to fostering institutional links between Indonesia and the UK in order to drive the internationalisation of Higher Education. This initiative bolsters the wider education sector in East Java and the rest of Indonesia, providing opportunities to collaborate which will create stronger, more inclusive, and globally interconnected higher education offers for students."

Indonesia British Council October 2023

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Helen Bailey

Deputy Vice President, Global Business Development

Marion Thain

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities