About Us // History & Organisational Structure

Center for entrepreneurship, Change, and Third Sector (CECT) Trisakti University was established in 2001 as a research center under the umbrella organization of Post Graduate School Trisakti University (Pascasarjana Universitas Trisakti) and ratified under Rector’s Decree on October 2002. It was established as a result of the first collaborative research between Trisakti University and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) for the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Network (APPIN) project funded by the Ford Foundation in January 2001. The APPIN research focused on Indonesia’s Third Sector Organizations (TSOs) as well as philanthropic organizations. It also identified organizations under the umbrella of the Third Sector. This collaborative research at Pasca Sarjana-USAKTI was coordinated by Dr. Maria R. Nindita Radyati and supervised by Prof. Dr. Thoby Mutis. 

We are the think-tank for the establishment of Master Degree program with specialisation in Sustainable Development (MM-Sustainability) and Community Entrepreneurship (MM-CE) Trisakti University. MM-Sustainability Trisakti University is the first and only Master Degree Program in Sustainability in Asia Pacific. 

Our main activities are in research and in training provision. Most of our research projects are conducted in partnership with other institutions as we believe in the importance and merits of collaborative and cooperative work. In doing so, we broaden our perspective and widen our network. Our research concerns are in the areas of Third Sector Organizations (TSOs) and Micro-Small-Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs). CECT'S team comprises of Lecturers from Trisakti University, each of whom has an average teaching and research experience of at least 10 years.

We operate like Social Enterprise by “walking the talk” through applying social responsibility such as: providing scholarship through CECT fellowship program and opportunities for clients to practice socially responsible business activities. 

CECT’s subsequent research was on “Asia’s Third Sector Governance for Accountability and Performance”. This research was also funded by the Ford Foundation and coordinated by Dr. Samiul Hasan from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). This is a collaborative research between six countries, namely: India, Vietnam, Thailand, China, the Philippines, and Indonesia. CECT-USAKTI represented Indonesia. We studied one hundred (100) TSOs, such as NGOs and cooperatives, and interviewed forty one (41) key people from TSOs. The main purpose of the research was to investigate the distinct Indonesia style of governance and governance practice in our TSOs. The Reports of all six countries will be published in 2007 by Springer Publications. Indonesia’s Report will be published by Gramedia Publishing.

CECT provided training sessions to officers and members of Tanggung-Renteng Cooperatives. Tanggung-Renteng Cooperative is a traditional saving-lending cooperative managed by women which originated in east Java. The training sessions were on Human Resources Management, Service Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Motivation and Entrepreneurship. Currently, CECT is working on a report on the profile and history of this traditional cooperative.

CECT also hosted international and national seminars and discussion on Governance for Third Sector Organizations; Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Third Sector Organizations; and Governance for Credit Union. It also hosted the country meeting for “Asia’s TSO Governance Research Project” in 2004.

Our team members are trained regularly to enhance research and teaching capabilities. The training sessions conducted in the previous year include Corporate Social Responsibility with Prof. Benjamin Bagadion, PhD from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in the Philippines as trainor. Methods in Social Research was conducted by Dr. Samiul Hasan from UTS as instructor; and Governance for Third Sector Organizations was conducted by Dr. Maria R. Nindita Radyati from CECT.

By engaging with CECT, the clients directly contribute to the Development of MM-Sustainability and MM-CE Trisakti University and Giving scholarship for MM-Sustainability and MM-CE students. 



Achieve Excellence and make a Difference


1. To help future generations to become Leaders in Sustainability (through MM-Sustainability and MM-CE)

2. To become your Trustworthy Partner in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (through CECT)

3. To contribute to SDGs in the areas of quality education, innovation, strong institution, partnership for the goals; and prosperity of the nation. (CECT, MM-Sustainability, MMCE)


1. Excellence: Individual: achieving the best in individual and inspiring others to become better.

2. Make a difference: improve individual and organisation's performance.

3. Hard work 

4. Having integrity

5. Honest

6. Humble

7. Respect diversity

º 2001 – CECT engaged with APPIN (Asia Pacific Philanthropy Network) for a Collaborative Research with 11 countries about Philanthropy in Asia, under the coordination of UTS (University of Technology Sydney) Australia, and funded by the Ford Foundation until 2002. 
 º 2003 – CECT engaged in a Collaborative Research with 5 countries about “Asia’s Third Sector Governance and Performance), under the coordination of UTS (University of Technology Sydney) Australia, and funded by the Ford Foundation until 2005. The country report was published in a book, entitled: “Comparative Third Sector Governance in Asia: Structure, Process, and Political Economy” http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-0-387-75567-0
º 2006 – CECT provided “Organisational Governance” training for “Women Cooperative” Tanggung-Renteng in Surabaya. 
º 2007 – CECT received a grant from the Ford Foundation New York amounted USD 350,000 for a project of “Business for Social Responsibility” for three years. One of the outputs of the project was Establishment of Master Degree Program with specialization in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) – MMCSR Trisakti University in 2008 (now MM-Sustainability)
º 2009 – CECT started to provide Inhouse trainings and Consultancy Works for Private Sector.
º 2010 – CECT engaged with British Council Indonesia for a project entitled: "Community Entrepreneurship Challenge", until 2014. One of the output of the projects was Establishment of Master Degree Program with specialization in Community Enterprise – MM-CE Trisakti University at 2013: www.mmcsrtrisakti.com
º 2011 – CECT hosted ISTR Asia Pacific Conference in Denpasar Bali. ISTR (International Society of Third Sector Researchers) is based on John Hopkins University, Maryland USA.
º 2012 – CECT engaged with the University of Texas to provide online workshop for Entrepreneurship in a program named "ipreneurship".
º 2013 –
• CECT received scholarship from Austrade to join a one month Workshop about "Community Development for Mining" at University of Queensland.
• CECT provided “Academic Review on the Drafting of CSR Law” for the House of Representative, under USAID Project through Prorep.
• CECT Launched MM-CE: Master Degree Program with specialization in Community/Social Enterprise at Trisakti University.
º 2014 –
• CECT received scholarship from Canadian Embassy in Indonesia to visit Oil Companies in Calgary Canada to share CSR Practices in Indonesia together with SKK Migas and Pertamina and attended a seminar about “Corporate Shared Value” delivered by Michael Porter.
• CECT hosted John Elkington for a Public Lecture about Sustainability at Trisakti University

2015 –
• CECT in collaboration with Interlink Technology Services Pty Ltd. Australia, started to conduct an Australia Certificate Diploma Program on “Diploma of Project Management” and “Cert. IV Integrated Risk Management”.
• CECT launched its first “CECT CSR AWARDS”, an award bequested to companies with great performance of CSR based on ISO 26000. This CECT CSR AWARDS is free of charge and based on pure research.
2016 –
• CECT launched its second “CECT CSR AWARDS”
• CECT engaged with The Hudson Institute Washington DC, USA in a research making “Global Philanthropy Index”
• CECT is engaged in a Collaborative Research with 17 Europe Countries under FAB MOVE (For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move) about Social Enterprise, funded by the European Union (http://www.uni-muenster.de/IfPol/FAB-MOVE/), this project is ended in 2018.
• CECT provided “Academic Review on the Drafting of CSR Law” for the Regional House of Representative (DPD) and Dr. Maria R. Nindita Radyati was the Chair of the Expert team to draft the CSR Law.