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Indonesian Entrepreneur Donates 3 Billion NTD to Taiwan Tech
Indonesian entrepreneur S. D. Darmono (second from the right), with Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong and Indonesian students. 
 
Among all universities in Taiwan, Taiwan Tech boasts the longest and deepest relationship with Indonesia. This long-term commitment, that has been fruitful in many ways, is now paying off - in the truest sense of the word: In March 2019, renowned Indonesian entrepreneur Setyono Djuandi Darmono donated 3 billion NTD, i.e. approximately 100 million US$, to Taiwan Tech. Over the next ten years, this sum is to be used for educational projects and exchanges between Taiwan and Indonesia. In particular, Darmono wishes to fund scholarships for Taiwanese students to encourage them to come Indonesia, learn about the country and its culture, and eventually build up their careers there. 
       
With a current enrolment of 400 students, and more than 1000 graduates since 2004, Taiwan Tech has definitely become an educational hub for Indonesian students. After returning to Indonesia, many of the Taiwan Tech alumni built up careers in academia, business, or public administration, maintaining strong ties with Taiwan and Taiwan Tech. At a recent alumni meeting in Jakarta, Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong met Mr. Darmono who was deeply impressed with our school's educational achievements, and thus vowed to contribute to fostering educational exchanges between Taiwan and Indonesia in the future. 
 
S. D. Darmono is the chairman of the Jababeka Group, one of Indonesia's most important industrial estate developers, and one of the founders of President University, a private University in Kota Jababeka, in the the east of Jakarta.  
 
Signing the MOU, from left to right: CEO of Jababeka Tbk, Mr. T. Budianto Liman, S. D. Darmono,Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong, President of President University, Dr. Jony Oktavian Haryanto, Taiwan's former envoy to Indonesia Chang Liang-Jen.
 
 
Author: Dr. Stefanie Eschenlohr, Office of International Affairs, Taiwan Tech
 
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