"I had to leave school when I was 17.
Now I want to give others an opportunity to have the kind of education I wasn’t able to have"
Sukanto Tanoto

education program in china

Education program in China


Education programs include scholarships, school improvement programs, research programs and university partnership programs with the main purpose of reducing poverty in rural communities. The Foundation provides future generations with the opportunity to develop their talents and reach their full potential. The objective of these programs is to nurture leaders and develop their critical thinking skills, allowing society to thrive.


Schools Improvement Program

Quka Qiao Xin School in Tibet

Sukanto and Tinah Tanoto visit
QuKa Qiao Xin school in Tibet


In Indonesia, the schools improvement program (Pelita Pendidikan) empowers teachers, and improves the physical and intellectual environments of over 200 schools, in rural areas, across 3 provinces (North Sumatera, Riau and Jambi). Similarly in China, assistance is provided to schools in impoverished areas of China. Teachers are encouraged to localize the curriculum to suit community needs. We also provide books to schools, as well as help upgrade school facilities, including funding the construction of buildings, libraries and laboratories in Putian and Suzhou, China.


Scholarship and University Partnership Program

Scholarships are provided for undergraduate and graduate students studying full-time at public and private universities in Indonesia, Singapore, China and the USA.

The university partners, among others are:


  • University of Riau
  • University of North Sumatera
  • University of Jambi
  • University of Indonesia
  • Gadjah Mada University
  • Bogor Institute of Agriculture
  • Bandung Institute of Technology


  • Nan Jing University
  • Tsing Hua University
  • Fu Dan University
  • Nan Jing Forestry University
  • South China University of Technology
  • Bei Jing Forestry University
  • Southeast University
  • Wuhan Electric Power Technical College
  • Su Zhou University
  • PuTian University


  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
  • INSEAD Singapore
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Mellon University


RGE Schools

Sekolah Mutiara Harapan
Sekolah Mutiara Harapan in the Kerinci complex

Tanoto Foundation has built more than 20 schools in Sumatera Utara, Riau and Jambi provinces of Indonesia.





Research Program

Tanoto Education Grant
Winner of Tanoto Education Grant

Tanoto Foundation provides grants to students and professors whose research have the potential to provide significant benefits.