Fellowship Activities

The Fellowship was undertaken during 2010-11 over a period of 18 months.

Phase 1 National consultations: First semester 2010 involved face-to-face consultations with staff and students at Indonesian-teaching universities around Australia, as well as state departments of education and relevant professional bodies. This national tour - along with the promotion of the Fellowship through media and educational networks – was intended also to highlight the value of Indonesian language learning and teaching within institutions and increase public interest. All universities in Australia that teach Indonesian were visited.
Phase 2 Material for discussion. On the basis of consultations with universities and other interested parties, a discussion paper was developed and circulated to focus debate on possible strategies for the strengthening of Indonesian.
Phase 3 International consultations and comparisons. The Fellow visited international centres of Indonesian studies abroad to discuss policy strategies and examine international practices. Particular universities were visited in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Japan.
Phase 4 Advancing the debate. Indonesian language educators and representatives of stakeholders from government, business and the community were invited to attend a National Colloquium to identify and refine relevant strategies. The National Colloquium was held at Murdoch University on 9-11 February 2011.
Final Report The final report, in the form of a policy paper, outlined a national strategic plan for the advancement of Indonesia language learning and teaching in Australian universities. The report, launched at Parliament House, Canberra on 27 February 2012, presented recommendations for consideration by government and the universities.