In 2009, Columbia University (CU) through Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) engaged FISIP UI to establish PUSKAPA, a center dedicated for research and policy advocacy on child and family wellbeing, together with BAPPENAS. The partnership brought in USAID's resources for PUSKAPA's first three years of operations and technical assistance from CU to build PUSKAPA's research and publication capacity.
Within a relatively short time, PUSKAPA has grown to become a regular collaborator with the ministries of BAPPENAS, social affairs, education, and health, as well as the Supreme Court, for research, policy inputs, and program design and implementation. PUSKAPA is also a strategic partner for a number of prestigious development programs, and has managed to sustain and mobilize resources outside of US-based funding. PUSKAPA is also committed to publish their work in world-class journals.
The success has strengthened the mutual benefits of this PUSKAPA-FISIP UI-MSPH CU partnership. Building on the Dean's strong leadership, CU agreed to further the collaboration to achieve bigger impact, including in education and learning. FISIP's Dean and PUSKAPA are in the process of establishing an endowment fund with LPDP (Indonesia Endowment for Higher Education) to support opportunities for Indonesians to get graduate-degree trainings (Master and Doctoral) in Columbia University across MSPH and other Schools such as the School of Social Work (SSW), the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Teacher's College (TC), that would contribute to child health and child social development research agenda.