Rural-up Program

Direct engagement with local dynamics is the capstone of this program.

This program will give the chance for the university to play a vital role in directly involved to help local government and communities through research and policymaking. At the very least, this will initiate the university and local government tackling social and economic issues such as inequality and environmental damage that have been prevalent in Sumbawa and other eastern regions.

Where participants incorporate their knowledge and skills in analyzing the societal problem, creating products, or developing projects to empower local people.


A semester or 3 months modular program in local development where global talents are engaged in community empowerment in adaptation towards globalization in orientation with climate change.

A semester or 3 month program immersion in local cultures and tradition (music, oral story, and collective memory) where students pick rooted topics relevant to the local community’s issues to observe/research/document and disseminate them to the wider audiences.

A long term research collaboration between UTS scholars and those from partnering institutions on topics or issues.


Program Objective: To bridge global talent (students, researchers, and practitioners) with local practices and their challenges toward a green world.

To introduce and engage the global talents with localities to eventually put them in the global spotlight.

Putting the partnership between UTS and partnering institutions into collaborative action in researching issues important to the communities.


Classroom modular program (socio-economic modules on Indonesian (Sumbawa/NTB) society, community service program, rural-up program, a local community within the global governance

Classroom modular, ethnographic learning (live and involve with the designated community)

How does this program contribute to the internationalization of West Nusa Tenggara Province? Often international collaboration in Indonesia happened through the central government in Jakarta. Therefore, establishing government between countries or government to the private sector between countries in local government is very essential to boost the development of local communities and institutions such as provinces, regents, and local universities in Indonesia.
What we would expect from the program? We can imagine, that UTS for example collaborating with some world-class universities in accommodating its Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) program in empowering local communities in Sumbawa or Lombok to adapt to rapid tourism development so they can tap the benefit of such development.