Building World Class Universities

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12 – 2 PM
The World Bank (J Building), Room J1-050, 701 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC

A panel discussion: A delegation of administrators from UI will share their story on their effort to become a world class university. In addition, education experts from the Bank will present global best practices from other developing nations in improving the quality of higher education.

Panel Discussion


Dr. Franscisco Marmolejo
Higher Education Expert, World Bank Bio
Presentation: Building World Class Universities: Issues & Perspectives (Download PDF)

Dr. Luis Benveniste
Education Sector Manager, East Asia Pacific, World Bank Bio

Dr. Arie Susilo
Director of Alumni Affair, University Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Syafiq
University Indonesia
Presentation: Global Development in Higher Education And Challenges: University of Indonesia Experience (Download PDF)



As in many developing countries, Indonesia aims to continually improve the quality of its higher education. Universitas Indonesia (UI) is a case in point. Established in 1849 as STOVIA, a medical school for the indigenous population, the institution grew to be the country’s largest institution of higher learning with almost 50,000 students and 15 major schools. UI is considered to be one of Indonesia’s most prestigious universities and ranks considerably well in Asia’s top 100 universities.

This panel discussion is co-hosted by the Universitas Indonesia Alumni Association (ILUNI) and the World Bank-IMF Indonesia Staff Association (ISA).

Speaker Bios

Dr. Francisco Marmolejo

Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist, World Bank

Francisco Marmolejo recently joined the World Bank, where he serves as Lead Tertiary Education Specialist and as Coordinator of the Network of Higher Education Specialists. Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 higher education institutions and organisations primarily from Canada, the US and Mexico, headquartered at the University of Arizona, USA, where he also worked as Assistant Vice-President for Western Hemispheric Programmes. Previously, he was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

His past positions include Vice-President for Administration and Academic Vice-President at the University of the Americas in Mexico. Also, he has served as International Consultant at the OECD Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education in Paris. Marmolejo has been part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Bank peer review teams conducting evaluations of higher education in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory or governing boards at a variety of universities, and professional organisations, including the Mexican Association for International Education, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, the International Association of Universities, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICAT-Milan.

Marmolejo holds an MA in Organisational Administration from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, and has conducted doctoral work at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Dr. Luis Benveniste

Education Sector Manager, East Asia Pacific, World Bank

Lus Benvenisteis a Lead Education Specialist. His research work has focused on teacher policies and student assessment practices. Some of his recent publications include Teaching in Cambodia (2008), with J. Marshall and M. Araujo, Teaching in Lao PDR (2008), with J. Marshall and L. Santibañez, “The political structuration of assessment: Negotiating State power and legitimacy,” in A.H. Halsey, P. Brown, H. Lauder & J. Dillabough (eds.), Education: Globalisation and Social Change (2006) and All Else Equal (2003), with M. Carnoy and R. Rothstein, a book on accountability and the organization of public and private schools in the United States. He holds a Doctorate in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Harvard University.