LSU College of Engineering Develops International Partnership to Extend Academic Opportunities Abroad

04/30/2014 01:47 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU; Lone Star College System, or LSC; and Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional, the Sampoerna University, under the auspices of the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, will enter into a joint agreement to deliver a United States accredited engineering degree program in Jakarta, Indonesia, beginning as early as fall 2015.

Through an articulation agreement with SACSCOC accredited Lone Star College System, students who satisfactorily complete the Lone Star pre-engineering associate degree program will be granted admission to the LSU engineering programs in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering or mechanical engineering offered at the Sampoerna University campus in Jakarta, Indonesia.  

Lone Star College System paved the way for this partnership through a cooperative agreement to establish the first accredited U.S. associate degree program offered in Indonesia at Sampoerna University. Students participating in the program will receive a U.S. associate degree after completing the requirements of the LSC international academic program curriculum at the Sampoerna University campus.

“We are excited to partner with the Putera Sampoerna Foundation to expand and internationalize our engineering program,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We live in a global economy and having an international engineering program will provide unique learning opportunities for students in both Indonesia and in Louisiana.”

HE Robert Blake, the U.S. Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia participated in a ceremonial signing late last month.

“Education is a top priority of the U.S. Mission to Indonesia, and is a key component of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. Greater cooperation between Indonesian and U.S. universities advances educational and bilateral relationships that move forward the full scope of our wide cooperation, directly benefit Indonesian students, and is a real win-win for both of our countries,” said Blake.

“Indonesia requires quality human resources capable of competing globally. The Putera Sampoerna Foundation continuously provides support for innovations in education and in providing affordable international education. We believe the LSU-LSC-USBI partnership is part of Putera Sampoerna Foundation’s effort to create high caliber future leaders in order to build a better Indonesia,” said Nenny Soemawinata, managing director, Putera Sampoerna Foundation.

Sampoerna University’s academic collaborations will be registered at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Directorate General of Higher Education, or DIKTI, in accordance with the laws and statutes of the Republic of Indonesia. DIKTI encourages strategic alliances for curriculum and faculty development through collaborations between Indonesian universities and foreign higher education institutions.

Rector Aman Wirakartakusumah said, “This partnership will contribute to the economic, social and academic success of both nations and we welcome the exchange of faculty, staff and students between the Sampoerna University and LSU.”

About LSU
As the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana, the vision of LSU is to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. Designated as a land-, sea- and space-grant institution, the mission of LSU is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to offer a broad array of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate research opportunities designed to attract and educate highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students; employ faculty who are excellent teacher-scholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge base that is transferable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic enterprises; and use its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges. For more information, visit

About LSC
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of Lone Star College System, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.

About Sampoerna University
Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional, the Sampoerna University under the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, or PSF, established to address PSF’s concern on promoting Indonesia’s economic development through education. Sampoerna University has become an effective institution to improve access to international education for Indonesia’s young generation as well as a commitment to create high qualified future leaders. The existence of Sampoerna University cannot be separated from the establishment of Putera Sampoerna Foundation in 2001 and its track record in improving education quality in Indonesia for more than 10 years. The forerunner of the university emerged in 2009, when the Putera Sampoerna Foundation established the Sampoerna School of Education, and the Sampoerna School of Business in 2010. In 2013, Sampoerna School of Education and Sampoerna School of Business transformed into Faculty of Education and Faculty of Business under Sampoerna University, with two  new Faculties, the Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Art, Design & Media, as well as the language center of the Institute of Language and Communications.


For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering, visit

For a video from the signing that took place in Indonesia, visit


Photo: (left to right) Glenn Plowman, Marshall Schott, Richard Carpenter, F. King Alexander, Putera Sampoerna, Rick Koubek and Stuart Bell

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014