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Muhamad Iman Usman

Muhamad Iman Usman is known in Indonesia as a youth leader and advocate, project manager, consultant, public speaker, and writer. In 2009, he co-founded a non-profit organization focused on youth leadership development and social change, named Indonesian Future Leaders. Under his leadership as President, the organization has been delivering numerous capacity building programs, community development projects, and advocacy programming related to youth issues. To date, Indonesian Future Leaders has impacted over 20,000 beneficiaries through more than 700 active volunteers, 30,000 supporters, and 150 staff members throughout Indonesia.

Iman’s works and commitment to youth empowerment has been widely recognized. His is the recipient of the 2011 United Nation Youth Assembly Recognition on Humanitarian Development, the 2011 Global Teen Leader Award, the 2011 ASEAN Youth Award, the 2010 British Council's Global Changemaker, and the 2008 Indonesian Young Leader Award awarded by the President of the Republic of Indonesia. He received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Indonesia in 2013, where he was awarded the National Best Student Award by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Perspective on the International and Comparative Education Program:
“I believe that the International Educational Development track at TC provides me with the necessary intellectual environment to enrich my understanding of supportive policy solutions for pressing education issues, such as the need for school reform policies and educational planning in developing countries. At TC, I am also able to learn alongside classmates and faculty members who have taken leadership initiative in their own contexts to create best practices for improving education. More importantly, there are many highly-regarded professors at TC with whom I share scholarship interests; they are not only experienced in academia but are also practitioners in the field.”

Click here to watch a slideshow of Iman's first semester at Teachers College