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This research focuses on the influence of Santiniketan education, India, in the formation of the Jakarta Arts Education Institute (LPKJ) in 1970, which later changed its name to the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ). IKJ is the first art college in Indonesia that applies the concept of interdisciplinary education and learning outside the campus so that students gain experience interacting with culture and society. The concept of off-campus education with the name “Kampus Merdeka” in the 21st century, has been reappointed by the Government of Indonesia, so it is important to re-interpret the concept of IKJ education 50 years ago. The novelty of this research is in the scope and locus of study, namely IKJ, the first Art College located in the capital city of Jakarta. Qualitative research methodology is used, with the historical writing approach, namely heuristics, criticism, interpretation and historiography. The results showed that IKJ education concept was inspired by spirit of Santiniketan which instilled Eastern cultural values, that being close to nature through learning experiences outside the classroom and interdisciplinary arts. The IKJ founders, consisting of artists, painters, film and theater directors, dancers, and intellectuals, had a big role in adapting the Santiniketan education system, one of influencer role was Rusli, a painter who had studied at Santiniketan in 1932-1939.