NUTC Leads Seven-Day Intensive Executive Education Program in Transportation Policy for Indonesian Government Leaders

Joseph Schofer

In partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (MOHA) and the Rajawali Foundation, NUTC developed and implemented a customized executive education course, Transportation Policy Development, Planning and Management (TPDPM) in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The attendees were forty elected-government officials and public sector policy professionals, who have responsibility for District-level governance, including the provision of transportation infrastructure and services in Indonesia.  Professors Joseph Schofer and Hani Mahmassani led the seven-day program from during the last week of August, 2013.   Other faculty and instructional staff included Pablo Durango-Cohen, Professor of Civil Engineering, Northwestern; Ralph Gakenheimer, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, MIT; Martin Wachs, Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of City & Regional Planning University of California, Berkeley; Debra Miller, Senior Consultant, Cambridge Systematics, Inc. and Secretary (former), Kansas Department of Transportation; and Bret Johnson, Associate Director, NUTC.   

Joseph Schofer

Jeffrey Winters, Professor of Political Science, Program Director for the Equality, Development, and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern and an expert in Indonesian political affairs, introduced NUTC to MOHA through the Rajawali Foundation.  Rajawali Foundation is a non-profit institution, founded by Peter Sondakh, Chairman & CEO of Rajawali Corporation, an investment holding company that operates in diverse industries and services. The foundation’s objective is to engage in social and humanitarian activities, particularly in the areas of education, social research, human development, community advancement, and other activities that create economic value, promote diversity, as well as activities that contribute to improve the society’s quality of life.  Rajawali Foundation has provided support to the EDGS program through a renewable five-year gift of $2 million.  The Foundation’s subsequent support for NUTC’s TPDPM program extends the philanthropic legacy that the Foundation initiated at Northwestern with EDGS.

Joseph Schofer

In Jakarta the TPDPM course addressed several topics, including: an introduction to transportation systems, policies and outcomes; transportation policy and decision making; the transport planning process; cases studies in transport system design and agency development; predicting system performance using forecasting and data modeling; data and analytics in the policy evaluation process; transportation finance; alternatives analysis using; sustainable transportation systems; freight transportation and economic competitiveness; and strategic policy making and examples from the perspective of U.S. state government.  The weeklong session concluded with a group exercise assignment.  Each pair of officials from a common District or city was asked to develop an action plan to address a real and important transportation problem or opportunity facing the officials’ own cities and districts to be discussed during the second stage of their program in the United States.

As a part of a broader public policy program initiative supported by MOHA, the Indonesian delegation traveled to the United States late September through mid-October.   At Northwestern on October 17, their last stop in country, the delegation engaged in work sessions with NUTC faculty and reported on their “action plan” assignment, which demonstrated the application of the principles and techniques taught in the Jakarta session.  The program included a field visit to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in Chicago and a presentation by Professor Jeffrey Winters.  NUTC looks forward to working with a new MOHA-selected class of officials in 2014.