Western Sydney University marks milestone with first stand-alone international campus in Indonesia

Western Sydney University, a leading Australian tertiary institution renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation in education, celebrated the launch of its first international campus in Indonesia in Surabaya (opens in a new window).

The event was attended by Western Sydney University’s Chancellor Professor Jennifer Westacott AO and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Barney Glover AO, joined by Australia’s Minister of Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP, Indonesia’s Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Nadiem Anwar Makarim, and  Governor of East Java, Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

Ranked number one in the world for its social, economic and environmental impact in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings two years in a row for 2022 and 2023, Western Sydney University Indonesia’s  Surabaya campus will offer internationally recognised degrees in a world-class, student-centred and technology-driven study environment.

The campus will be located at Pakuwon Tower in the heart of Surabaya, and will have a focus on entrepreneurship, digital skills and sustainability. It will feature the University’s highly successful Launch Pad tech start-up incubator which will join Surabaya’s vibrant start-up ecosystem.

During the launch event local entrepreneurs and students from local universities and high schools participated in AI for Impact Innovation Challenge, working together to develop innovative AI-powered solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. The hackathon culminated in a pitch competition, with the winning team receiving a prize and an opportunity to further develop their solution with the support of Launch Pad experts and entrepreneurs in residence.

 Western Sydney University celebrates first international campus in Indonesia

Click on the image to view gallery.

Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia Nadiem Anwar Makarim, said: “We deeply appreciate Western Sydney University’s commitment and active participation in shaping a future generation of Indonesian leaders. We are proud to support the partnership with local and global stakeholders to strengthen and increase access to quality education. We believe that Indonesia’s youth have unlimited potential to pave the way towards a greater Indonesia, and education is key to building a better future.”

Chancellor, Professor Jennifer Westacott AO, said: "Western Sydney University Indonesia opens an exciting new chapter for the University. Embodying the spirit of determination and progress, the new campus will provide life-changing opportunities to study at a highly-ranked international university here in Surabaya. The University’s focus on digital skills and sustainability will support Indonesia’s economic transformation and provide opportunities to extend our network of partners in education and industry."

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said: “We are honoured to bring Western Sydney University’s renowned educational standards and innovative teaching methods to Surabaya. This campus represents our commitment to developing the knowledge and skills of our students, creating opportunities for cross-cultural learning and nurturing global citizens. Through teaching, research, entrepreneurship and community partnerships, Western Sydney University Indonesia will contribute to the sustainable growth of Surabaya and Indonesia."

Western Sydney University Indonesia

Surabaya campus

The Surabaya campus will be located in Pakuwon Tower.

The first phase secured a site of 3,000 square metres, where the campus will be established initially for up to 1,000 students.

The second phase will add approximately 1500 square metres to cater for up to 1700 students with extended facilities and resources for students, and a larger number of staff. Longer term, the campus could grow to over 2000 students.

A prominent campus feature will be the LaunchPad tech start-up incubator, designed to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and start-up ecosystem in Surabaya and its surroundings.

The campus will initially offer five undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) when it opens, which are:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
  • Bachelor of Data Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
  • Bachelor of Business (Applied Finance)

The Western Sydney University Indonesia, Surabaya campus will open in September 2024. Nearing the campus launch, the University will also open opportunities for students who wish to participate in the Launch Pad incubation program.

Launch Pad incubation program

Launch Pad, Western Sydney University Indonesia, will offer entrepreneurial education and training, new venture building, research commercialisation and industry transformation, underpinned with business mentoring and access to the latest digital technology capabilities that creates a world-class innovation and entrepreneurship support ecosystem.

Launch Pad, Western Sydney University Indonesia, will offer the following:

Startup Programs

Programs focused on developing resilient founders, who create sustainable and innovative businesses, that meaningfully impact society and community.

Short Courses

Industry short courses focused on expanding entrepreneurial and commercialisation skills in partnership with world-leading experts and industry partners.

Entrepreneurship Training and Development Activities

An innovative approach to training the next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs by providing a range of entrepreneurship training and development programs and activities, including student hackathons, to provide knowledge and develop practical skills in entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial education, including Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and other accredited Venture Makers subjects.


10 November 2023

Media Unit