Published on 28 September 2012
28 September 2012
An Indonesian education adviser renowned for forging alliances that provide a brighter future for young people in developing nations will soon become an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Dr Willi Toisuta will receive the honorary award at USC’s third Graduation Ceremony for 2012, to be held at the USC Sports Stadium on Friday 5 October from 5pm.
The former teacher, who became well-respected across nations as he led major changes in higher education, is the head of Indonesian educational consultancy Willi Toisuta & Associates, which works closely with institutions including USC.
Dr Toisuta has supported USC’s regional engagement objectives for many years, fostering partnerships and funding, and was appointed a USC Adjunct Professor in 2009.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Dr Toisuta had made major contributions to the development of Indonesian communities and had established knowledge networks that linked educators, governments and businesses in Australia and Indonesia.
“Dr Toisuta has worked tirelessly in the education sector, focusing on building research and human resources throughout the developing world,” Professor Hill said.
“He has inspired many and helped tens of thousands in his quiet, honest and modest way.”
As Rektor (Vice-Chancellor) of the Christian University of Satya Wacana in Salatiga, Central Java, Dr Toisuta helped it become one of Indonesia’s leading universities, which also has many partnerships with USC.
Dr Toisuta said the USC award was very meaningful and a source of inspiration to sustain his work.
“It is important recognition of what I tried to achieve through my work in education, nationally and internationally, especially throughout Asia and Australia,” he said.
He said the award also reflected the international importance of USC’s creative and innovative work, especially in the development of human capital.
Dr Toisuta’s business has for eight years been helping Indonesian education stakeholders overcome the problems of geography, culture and individual needs by designing and implementing new development programs.
Much of his work has been in the poorest provinces and regions of Western Indonesia.
His humanitarianism includes membership of the World Council of Churches and support for refugees across the world.
He has worked closely with USC’s International Projects Group, which recently received a prestigious national teaching award.
The group gained a $10,000 Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning for 2012.
It was awarded: “For stimulating systemic educational reform in Indonesian Papua through a unique, outcome-driven teacher education program for students within an Australian university.”
The USC group has gained more than $5million in funding for its projects since its inception in 2008.
— Julie Schomberg