Indonesian as foreign language is taught at least in 29 countries worldwide. However, it was not until WW II that the U.S. took interest in Malay language, from which Indonesian was later developed. Julia Read, Deakin University in her article written for Wacana reported that Professor Isidore Dyen of Yale University pioneered the teaching of Malay language in 1948. Presently, more than 13 universities within consortium on teaching Indonesian and Malay, COTIM and other institutions offer instruction in Indonesian.

At Yale, instruction in Indonesian Language from Beginning to Advanced levels is currently offered under the auspices of the Council on Southeast Asia Studies. The Council also sponsors the Yale Indonesian Forum (YIF), an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty with a common interest in Indonesia and Indonesian affairs. The YIF organizes talks, workshops and conferences throughout the year, and is open to all members of the Yale community.





Ibu Tobing (Mrs.Tobing), the first Indonesian instructor at Yale, taught for several years during the mid 1950s.

The photograph was taken during her visit to the Southeast Asia Studies students alumni conference on March 1-3, 2002.

Ibu Tobing and her husband, a Yale alumnus, have been working with Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for many years.

Ibu Tinuk Yampolsky.


Pak Indriyo Sukmono
Ibu Dinny Risri Aletheiani