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Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

August 6, 2018 By Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti & Becky Freeman

PT HM Sampoerna/Philip Morris International uses creativity and empowerment messages through social media to market their cigarettes to a younger audience. www.shutterstock.com Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti, University of Sydney dan Becky Freeman, University of Sydney In the era of selfies, “likes,” and #hashtags, the tobacco industry has adapted its marketing strategies and embraced social media […]

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How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

August 1, 2018 By Nigel Carpenter

President Widodo has elevated infrastructure investment to the top priority and has an enormous investment agenda. In this case it appears likely that a major constraint will be skills. Already, key projects are heavily staffed by foreigners – a practice that Indonesia simply can’t sustain. Indonesia is a fiercely independent country with an economy that […]

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Undoing old perceptions: trade, diplomacy and statecraft

Undoing old perceptions: trade, diplomacy and statecraft

July 27, 2018 By Endy M. Bayuni

Much to the frustration of diplomats in Jakarta and Canberra, positive trends have yet to change the way the Indonesian pub­lic looks at Australia. The old view of Australia as a white man’s colony in Asia still remains dominant, and Indonesian political leaders often play this up, exploiting the public’s ignorance whenever the two coun­tries […]

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Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

July 27, 2018 By Bakti Berlyanto Sedayu

The most dangerous element from discarded plastic waste is microplastics. www.shutterstock.com The impacts of global plastic use have reached an alarming level. Based on the latest data, 9 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced since the 1950s, creating 7 billion tonnes of waste. Plastic waste not only damages the environment and threaten animal life but […]

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History is Important: the Sea-cucumber Industry Between Makassar and Northern Australia

History is Important: the Sea-cucumber Industry Between Makassar and Northern Australia

July 25, 2018 By Richard Mathews

On the front page of the local newspaper, Tribun Timur I read a headline, “Diplomasi Teripang Indonesia-Australia” (Indonesia-Australia Sea-cucumber Diplomacy), heading a long article about our event the previous day: the launch of the Indonesian translation of Professor Campbell Macknight’s book, The Voyage to Marege’. This, classic academic work was originally published in 1976 by Melbourne University Press. It […]

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Now or later: when should children learn English?

Now or later: when should children learn English?

July 20, 2018 By Novi Rahayu Restuningrum

It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue. (Credit: www.shutterstock.com) The use of English in everyday life is on the rise in Indonesia. We can hear people speak English in offices, banks, schools, tourist destinations and various public spaces. Some people even do it with a […]

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An innovation in foreign language learning with online systems

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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