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Sulawesi, Indonesia

Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS)

Sulawesi — October 2012 - January 2018

Funded by Global Affairs Canada
Partnered with Hasanuddin University, Makassar State University, and Muhammadivah University Makassar in South Sulawesi. DeLa Salle Catholic University, Klabat University, Manado State University, and Sam Ratulangi University in North Sulawesi.

Project Purpose:

Humber works alongside seven universities in Indonesia to improve their curriculum and teaching methods in entrepreneurship. The five year program develops the creative and business skills of students in the classroom, while also provides on-campus hubs for students to explore entrepreneurship on their own.


  • More than 7,000 students have studied the new entrepreneurship curriculum
  • 18% of them have started a new business (that’s 1,260 businesses started!)
  • ½ of the new businesses have created at least 1 job
  • The average monthly revenue of student start-up is about $300 
  • 94% of students that take the course can name a business best practice on the topic of gender, governance and the environment 
  • 83% of students are satisfied with the new entrepreneurship courses

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  • 255 million people
  • 7th largest country in the world if you include sea and land area
  • 14,000 islands; of which only 6,000 inhabited
  • The distance between Indonesia’s most western point to its most eastern spans 5,271 kilometers. To put that in Canadian terms, the distance between Victoria, BC and St. John’s, Newfoundland is 5,062 km. 
  • 16th largest economy in the world 
  • 43% of its population live on less than $2 a day
  • 45% of the country’s working age women are employed formally, while another 45% are employed in non-formal environments such as domestic or transient labour (farming) or self-employment. The primary reason for this is women tend not to be educated enough to meet the qualifications demanded of the labour market
  • 31% of firms have women in top management
  • 9% of women with access to the Internet
  • 14% of households headed by women

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Project Highlights:

More than 100 Indonesian lecturers (approximately 50% female) completed three workshops on "Design and Delivery of Applied Entrepreneurship Curriculum" facilitated by Canadian and Indonesian experts. Lecturers are particularly keen to understand and use a “student-centered learning” approach and applied teaching techniques. Each university developed new or improved entrepreneurship curricula suited to its unique context. In many courses, students will develop a business idea and create a feasible business plan using the Business Model Canvass. Lecturers also teach new concepts such as “Triple Bottom Line”, “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Green Entrepreneurship”, Business Ethics and gender equality issues. 

As of May 2016, more than 7,000 students (56% female) had enrolled in new entrepreneurship courses in a wide range of study programs and faculties such as Chemistry, Pharmacy, Forestry, Engineering, Computer Science, Art and Design, Psychology, Law and Teaching Studies, Economics and Business, Agriculture, Animal Science and Fisheries. Some faculties have expanded entrepreneurship to a 2nd semester and some elective entrepreneurship courses have become compulsory.

Polytechnic Education Development Centers of Technology

Indonesia — February - November 2017

Funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Partnered with Indonesian Polytechnic, Institutions School of Applied Research and Innovation (SAT), and Program Planning and Development Office

Project Purpose:

Humber has initiated a project to support Centres of Technology (COTs) in six polytechnic institutions in Indonesia. Humber’s International Development Institute (IDI), in partnership with the School of Applied Research and Innovation (SAT) and Program Planning and Development Office, were invited to do this work because of Humber’s expertise and leadership in polytechnic education. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Humber will be using the train-the-trainer approach to develop each polytechnic’s capacity to design and deliver applied technical education and programming that links each institution with industries, through the creation of advisory councils and applied research opportunities.  


This is the next phase of a project from May 2016 where Humber managed and coordinated a Study Visit Program in Canada for 12 Senior Officials from Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education and Management of selected polytechnic institutions. The College and Institutes Canada (CICAN) Internship Program on Establishing Centers of Technology (COT) program provided 12 managers and senior faculty from public and private polytechnics from Indonesia with international exposure and practical experiences on how to establish sustainable COTs by implementing demand driven applied research and how to develop sustainable partnerships between learning institutions thus encouraging industries and communities to use the COT learning environment to help solve industrial and technical problems.

The new knowledge gained during the internship will be put to use in the establishment and strengthening COTs in the polytechnics. The activities exposed the participants to Canadian practices related to teaching methods, industry entrepreneurship promotion, especially for youth and women, and facilitated skills applications in real world settings with Canadian mentoring.   Following on this successful program, Humber is eager to continue working on the COT project, and could contribute as described below.

The extension project will be delivering workshops in Jakarta and visiting the selected polytechnics. Humber’s role in the project is being led in Toronto and Indonesia by Jeff May, who also led the May 2016 delegation, and has worked with Humber’s Business School on the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) project in Indonesia during 2014 and 2015.