Nine Jesuits from Indonesia, all involved in secondary education, visited Loyola Marymount University recently, reciprocating a visit university officials made to Indonesia earlier this summer. The eight priests and one brother came to LMU with an eye to making connections for their students.
"Our students who have come here like it very much," said Heru Handarto, S.J., principal of Canisius High School in Jakarta. "We hope they will inspire others to go to LMU."
LMU has had a long association with students from Indonesia. In fall 2011, 59 Indonesian students were studying at LMU, the largest contingent of any foreign nationality at the university. The majority of the Indonesians are undergraduates in the College of Business Administration, plus 10 M.B.A. students.
The Jesuit group took a morning tour of Loyola High School in Los Angeles before meeting with LMU President David W. Burcham. They also heard a presentation at LMU's School of Education. "We are particularly interested in teacher training," said Handarto. "We want to build collaborations with Jesuit institutions."
Before coming to the West Coast, the group attended a conference on Jesuit secondary education at Boston College titled "The World Is Our House." The five-day colloquium included workshops addressing concerns and topics relevant to Jesuit education and keynote talks from authorities in Jesuit education.