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Higher Education in Bali: A Walk in the Park

BNI and Bali's Udayana University to Create 35-hectare Forested Park on Ungasan Campus.

(4/2/2011) Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Udayana University has entered into a partnership with Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) to create a 35-hectare forested park on the University's campus in the Jimbaran area of Bali.

Meant to act as "the lungs" of Denpasar, Udayana University's rector I Made Bhakta said: "The development of the forest park is urgently needed to improve the environmental conditions of Jimbaran, an area that is dominated by dry and porous rocky hills lacking green vegetation."

Rp. 2.5 billion (US$278,000) to fund the redevelopment was provided by BNI.

The forested park area will be divided into three separate areas for hardwood trees, flowering trees and shrubs.

In the honor of its donor, the forested areas of the campus will be called Forest UNUD-BNI.

Many of the plants to be propagated at the new park are intrinsic to a number of Balinese religious ceremonies.

The entire campus of the Udayana University occupies 158 hectares with only 20% of that area actually used for campus buildings. The remaining space is intended for green and open spaces.