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An Innovation In Foreign Language Learning With Online Systems

July 16, 2018 By Anissa Latumahina

Do you remember that time when you’re still in school with blackboards, tables, and chairs, and teachers in the classroom? Now, students can easily learn from anywhere and anytime, including in this case, learn foreign languages online. Starting from personal experience, in 2009, Tomy Yunus and Yohan Limerta went to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At […]

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Darwin-Indonesia: A Diplomacy of Proximity

Darwin-Indonesia: A Diplomacy of Proximity

July 11, 2018 By Andre Siregar

Indonesia-Australia relations from Darwin are quite unique. After serving as Indonesia’s Consul to the Northern Territory from December 2014 to January 2018, I have learned that the Darwin, Northern Territory (NT) relationship are both rich and still ample room for new opportunities. Unlike other capital cities in Australia, Darwin is closer (three-hour flight) to all […]

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How Australian Businesses are Tapping into the Indonesian Digital Economy

How Australian Businesses are Tapping into the Indonesian Digital Economy

July 9, 2018 By Rizka Tsalasi

Although reports say that trade relations between Australia and Indonesia are relatively stagnant, some Australian online business are starting to look at Indonesia as a potential market and to invest more in order to grow in Indonesia. Take the example of Jora, an employment website with the mission to help people find jobs for free, […]

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Australia-Indonesia higher education opportunities: Seizing the momentum?

Australia-Indonesia higher education opportunities: Seizing the momentum?

July 4, 2018 By Elena Williams

Opportunities abound in the Australia-Indonesia higher education space for deeper collaboration, investment and skills-sharing, but are businesses making the most of this opportunity? The Australia-Indonesia higher education sector is ripe with opportunities. From the Indonesian Government’s proposed plans to open up its university sector to fully owned foreign institutions, the Australian Government’s highly successful ‘New […]

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Indonesia Regional Elections 2018: Performers up, scions and coat-tailers down

Indonesia Regional Elections 2018: Performers up, scions and coat-tailers down

July 3, 2018 By Kevin Evans

Voters in half of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, including the 4 largest provinces, as well as nearly 25% of cities and counties, went to the polls last week to elect their leaders. Indonesia’s multiplicity of Indonesian parties and its rich tapestry of political splits and schisms make it difficult to extrapolate results to the national level. […]

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Developing Employability Skills in Indonesia

Developing Employability Skills in Indonesia

June 27, 2018 By Gordon Scott

It goes without saying that Australia and Indonesia enjoy a unique relationship. Quite aside from our geographic proximity, we share other characteristics that have helped us to forge strong relationships in a variety of business sectors. Among these has been the rise in cooperation between our education sectors. Education is certainly a growth industry in […]

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Indonesian Leadership: Think Tanks, ASEAN and Foreign Policy

Indonesian Leadership: Think Tanks, ASEAN and Foreign Policy

June 25, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

In a world where countries have competing strategic interests and goals, think tanks can play an important role in fostering dialogue and establishing platforms for governments to receive feedback. Indonesia is no exception. Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Dr Philips Vermonte, is a strong advocate for the role […]

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Celebrating Everyday Life in Australia-Indonesia Neighbourhood

Celebrating Everyday Life in Australia-Indonesia Neighbourhood

June 20, 2018

  How can we improve relations between Australia and Indonesia? Researchers on the “Celebrating Everyday Life in Indonesia-Australia Neighbourhood” project seem to think the answer might lie in a cup of coffee. In late 2017 a team of researchers from Monash University, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Queensland University of Technology jointly set out […]

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Bridging the Gap Between Indonesia and Australia

Bridging the Gap Between Indonesia and Australia

June 18, 2018 By Gusrizal Dt Salubuak Basa

The Indonesia-Australia relationship has warmed up since the rocky years of the Soeharto era. To continue progress towards a true “soulmate” relationship between close neighbours, cross-cultural understanding must be cultivated through people-to-people contact. Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating once said in a 1994 address: “No country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. No […]

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