The Rajawali Foundation has given Northwestern University a renewable $2 million gift to create a new Equality Development and Globalization Studies Program, enhancing the University’s role in research on developing countries.

The new program will focus on multidisciplinary-comparative research and graduate training related to Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and other world regions facing developmental challenges.

The program, which will be housed within the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern, will facilitate work on a broad range of themes confronting developing countries such as Indonesia.

“We greatly appreciate the Rajawali Foundation’s extension of its educational philanthropy to Northwestern,” said Hendrik Spruyt, executive director of the Buffett Center. “Development and globalization studies, in particular, will benefit immensely from the new program.”

The Rajawali Foundation, which focuses largely on social and humanitarian activities around the world, actively engages in the areas of education, research and community advancement. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is an important strategic priority for the foundation.

“We are honored to support Northwestern’s efforts to bring together leaders in academia, across many fields and countries, to help solve crucial problems facing Indonesia and the world,” said Peter Chambers, president of the Rajawali Foundation.

The Rajawali Foundation’s gift to Northwestern also will support the Arryman Fellows and Arryman Scholars program, which is focused on training emerging Indonesian scholars in the social sciences.

Arryman Fellows are awarded a one-year grant for pre-doctoral research at Northwestern in the fields of political science, history, law, business, journalism and communications, anthropology, sociology and development studies. Upon being admitted into Northwestern’s doctoral program, Arryman Fellows are eligible to become Arryman Scholars, thus receiving a grant that covers up to six years of doctoral study.

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