CMU Australia and UI Announce New Double Degree Program

Posted 22nd April 2022

Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMU-A) and Universitas Indonesia (UI) are excited to announce the launch of their new double degree program, combining UI’s Master of Economic Planning and Development Policy and CMU-A’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management.

Professors Teguh Dartanto and Muhammad Halley Yudhistira from Universitas Indonesia and Professors Emil Bolongaita, Murli Viswanathan and Tim O’Loughlin from Carnegie Mellon University Australia gave an overview of the new program on Wednesday April 13th to dignitaries from 18 Indonesian government agencies.

The first of its kind from CMU-A, the program provides a unique opportunity for Indonesian government officials to gain practical policy experience in both countries, as well as awarding them with an internationally recognised degree. The degree can be completed in two years, with the first year conducted at UI and the second year at CMU-A. Scholarships are available from CMU-A and the Australian government to eligible applicants.

The program offers courses in four main areas: Public Policy, Analytics, Management, and Finance. Students can also choose to take elective courses depending on their interests, including Digital Transformation and Analysis, Cybersecurity, and Public & Private Partnerships. Courses have very strong practical components, including projects linked with real government and private sector clients.

The head of the CMU-A Emil Bolongaita with Prof Murli (left) and Prof Tim (right) were on-stage at the C3 Labs to launch the double degree program

Carnegie Mellon University Australia is the first and only international university campus in Australia. The Public Policy and Management program offered at CMU-A is part of CMU Pittsburgh’s globally accredited program. Students graduate with a degree awarded by Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. CMU ranks highly in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Business Analytics, and the Public Policy and Management program is ranked #2 in the United States.

Universitas Indonesia is one of the leading universities in Southeast Asia. UI’s Master of Economic Planning and Development Policy (MPKP), under the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), was established in 1996 and now has more than two thousand graduates.

“Our graduates in our program here in Adelaide have found gainful and happy employment in many companies, both in the private sector as well as in the public sector,” Professor Bolongaita told attendees. “We would be delighted to see Indonesian students enrolled in our double degree programs with UI’s MPKP and our MSPPM program.”