Continuing Collaboration with the Government of Papua, Indonesia


In June of 2013, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Papua, Indonesia to support its initiative to further develop human capital. In early 2014, the Papua government sponsored 10 students to come and study at CSUSB. The government selected and sponsored students who are pursuing their bachelor degrees in various disciplines. Upon earning their degrees, they intend to return to Papua to strengthen and further develop the economy and education in the province.

The College of Extended Learning at CSUSB welcomed the students from Papua, Indonesia to its English Language Program (ELP) to prepare them for their academic studies. The program helped these students to adjust to the American learning environment, improve their English proficiency and qualify for admission to CSUSB.

On October 29, 2014, Mr. Besem Gombo, Head of Papua Human Resource Development Biro, visited CSUSB to meet with the students and to discuss additional collaboration with the College of Extended Learning. He ate dinner with the students and checked their academic progress. He was pleased to know that the students have enjoyed their experience at CSUSB and have been advancing in their academic goals.

During his visit, Mr. Gombo shared how he was very impressed with the campus and academic programs at CSUSB. He felt that the campus provided an excellent learning environment for students. Mr. Gombo said that he had received positive feedback from the students and that he appreciated the support provided to students. He shared his plans to sponsor four more students to study environmental sciences, computer sciences and education.

In his meeting with Dr. Tatiana Karmanova, Dean of the College of Extended Learning, Mr. Gombo expressed the needs in Papua for more teacher training and education. This would contribute to the development of teaching and instruction in the province. In response, Dean Karmanova and her team developed a proposal to support the Papua government’s new initiative. The College of Extended Learning is looking forward to collaborating with the government and providing more access to quality education for students from Papua, Indonesia.