Australian and Indonesian universities launch innovative two-degree program in Jakarta

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The University of Newcastle, Binus University and Nurture Higher Education (UK) have partnered to offer a unique joint teaching program for Indonesian and international students.

The initiative enables students to complete business and commerce subjects and receive bachelor degrees from both universities, delivered entirely in English at the Binus University campus in Jakarta.

Students benefit from the opportunity to complete an Australian degree entirely in Indonesia with the options to transfer, if they wish, to the University of Newcastle’s Australia or Singapore locations at any time with full recognition of prior studies.

Students on the program must satisfy the entry requirements of both university partners in order to graduate. The first cohort of students will graduate in 2022 with degrees from both Binus University and the University of Newcastle, and have access to a global network of peers through the partnership with Nurture Higher Education.

Many outstanding graduates of the University of Newcastle are now working in Indonesia. Notable alumni include the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO and Noni Purnomo, President Director of Blue Bird Group, known as the largest taxi service in Indonesia.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky said “This partnership enables us to support some of our nearest neighbours, connecting Indonesian students with new education offerings that give them a competitive advantage in the workplace. We have many proud examples of Indonesian students, who after studying with us in Australia returned home to establish thriving careers that have greatly benefitted their communities. Through this partnership, we hope more Indonesian students will have access to higher education study options that help set them up for their best chance of success.”

Gatot Soepriyanto, S.E. Ak M Buss (Acc) Ph.D. Dean of Faculty of Economics said “This new program will prepare students to be ahead of the curve in an ever competitive and dynamic world. By partnering with the University of Newcastle in Australia, Binus University International is able to create a world-class learning environment for students. This two-degree program also offers an option for students to attend classes at the University of Newcastle campus in Australia or Singapore.”

Stephen Healy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Nurture Higher Education Group and the Goal Business Education initiative, said “We are delighted to welcome Binus University International into our Global Network with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The world class Business School accreditations Binus has achieved match those of Newcastle, and we think the Top 200 World University Award from Newcastle alongside that of the Binus award will give students something unique that will enhance their employability and give them the status and agility required for the future workplace. We look forward to watching our current and future students succeed as a result of this partnership."

The program will be officially launched during International Week at Binus University, via a virtual event on the 22nd October 2020.

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For more information at to arrange an interview please contact:

University of Newcastle:
Media Team | | +612 4921 5577

Binus University: 
Andreas Putro – Brand Manager| | +62 811 8182 818

Nurture Higher Education: 
Sian Healy – Executive Manager, Communications | | +44 7766118652

About the Two Degree Program
The Newcastle-Binus Two Degree program is a course of study held over four years that leads to:

  • a Bachelor of International Business awarded by Binus and a Bachelor of Business awarded by the University of Newcastle, or
  • a Bachelor of International Accountancy and Finance awarded by Binus and a Bachelor of Commerce awarded by the University of

The program is taught in English and delivered entirely at the Binus University campus in Jakarta. Admission is open to eligible to Indonesian and foreign citizens.

This program is the second of its kind for the University of Newcastle and Nurture Higher Education.

About the University of Newcastle
Since 1965, the University of Newcastle has delivered superior education and world-class research. Currently ranked 197th in the world by QS World University Rankings, the University strives to deliver an exceptional student experience and to serve its regions by taking research that matters to the world and by bringing global expertise to its regions.

The University of Newcastle has a long history in providing offshore teaching in ASEAN. The university began teaching in Singapore in 2006 and over 5000 students from 39 countries have graduated from programs in business management, finance, engineering, construction management, IT and communications.

The two-degree program with Binus University is the second venture with Nurture Higher Education for the teaching of Newcastle programs outside Australia. In September 2019, the University and Nurture launched a two-degree program in Bangkok with University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

About Binus University
Binus started life in 1974 and in 1996 was established as a university. Over the course of the next twenty-four years, the university has developed into a leading multi-faculty institution.

Binus continuously strives for excellence, developing creative and sustainable ideas and believe in the importance of collaborative, effective and trustful working relationships to achieve success.

Binus is committed to developing the nation and contributing to the global community through the provision of world-class education and technology. They work to create outstanding leaders for global community and improving the quality of life of Indonesians and the international community.

About Nurture Higher Education
Formed in January 2017, the Nurture Higher Education Group focuses on the crucial intersection of learners, educators and employers.

Nurture is the creator of Goal Business Education. Goal Business Education aims to nurture the aspirations of learners and university partners worldwide by creating a global network of universities operating a common business education curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate awards for students around the world. The launch partners for Goal Business Education are the University of Newcastle Australia and the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). In addition to the launch partnership in Thailand with UTCC which began enrolling students from August 2019, over the next five years Goal will operate in a further 20 countries.