Indonesia Research Programme

Murdoch University has a solid reputation for expertise on Indonesia in a range of areas from the social to the life sciences. Its Asia Research Centre has an established reputation as one of the major international sites of expertise on social, political and economic change in Indonesia. For two decades, the Centre has been the training ground for successive cohorts of Indonesian postgraduates, who remain active today in academia, the public and private sectors, and within NGOs. Murdoch University also has robust connections with various Indonesian institutions in such areas as water management, biotechnology, freshwater biodiversity and more recently, marine resources management. Additionally, its veterinary school is highly respected in Indonesia and has trained many of Airlangga University’s (Surabaya) veterinarians.

The Indonesia Research Programme was established in 2014 to further develop this expertise and to broaden Murdoch University’s existing capabilities in areas relevant to Indonesia, including those beyond the established fields of study. Its purview is to intensify university-wide engagement by exploring new areas of collaboration with Indonesia’s higher education institutions, research centres, government ministries, NGOs and media. The university is especially interested in making an impact in the increasingly critical areas of food security, agricultural production, biosecurity and environmentally sustainable development, including the management of marine ecosystems.

A number of new collaborative agreements have been signed with several Indonesian institutions. These include the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), with which Murdoch University has the status of ‘First Priority’ destination for postgraduate students funded under its national scholarship scheme. Others have been signed with the University of Indonesia (Jakarta), Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta), Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Bandung), Bogor Agricultural University (Bogor) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

Murdoch University has recently conducted a number of high profile activities that highlight its close relationship with Indonesia. Joint seminars were held, for example, in June 2013 and March 2014 with Kompas, the country’s largest newspaper. The first seminar was on Australia-Indonesia Relations and the second was on ASEAN and Political Change in Southeast Asia. In addition, in July 2013, Murdoch hosted a training programme on ‘Governing the Asian Century: Politics, Economic and Public Policy in the Asian Region’ for civil servants from Indonesian government ministries and agencies. This programme was undertaken in coordination with Bappenas (Indonesian National Development Planning Agency).

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