The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced a $20.5 million gift from the Rajawali Foundation to establish a permanently endowed institute for Asia studies and a program focused on Indonesia.
The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia will bring together academics and practitioners from around the world to enhance research, teaching, and training on public policy and governance issues of critical importance in Asia. Building on the school's past efforts to promote policy research and educational programming in Asia, the institute will bring together existing Kennedy School programs focusing on the continent, including the China Public Policy Program, the Vietnam Program, and Asia Visions 21.
In addition, the gift will be used to establish the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program within the institute to promote research, education, and capacity building in support of democratic governance and institutional transformation in Southeast Asia. Both the institute and the program will be housed within the recently renamed Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
"The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School will create opportunities for Harvard scholars and students to work with people and institutions throughout the Asian continent," said Harvard University president Drew Faust. "It will serve as a hub for policy research, education, and dialogue on a region which continues to grow in political and economic influence."