Youth Perceptions: Improving Australia-Indonesia Relations through Education

This research project will focus on The Australia-Indonesia Centre’s thematic areas of youth and education. It will gauge the perceptions of young people and how their views are shaped by education (e.g. the study of Australian politics, economy, and/or culture in Indonesian universities, or the study of Indonesian politics, economy, and/or culture in Australia).

As such, it will build upon The Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Australia-Indonesia Perceptions Report 2016 by developing a deeper understanding of its findings in regard to young Australians and Indonesians – the views of whom are, of course, crucial to the future of the bilateral relationship.

This research revolves around three questions:

  • What is the most determining factors that drive favourable perceptions about Australia and Indonesia among youth in both countries?
  • What is the role of educational exchanges and interactions in refining diplomatic relations of both countries?
  • What kind of policy and diplomatic approach could be utilised to improve mutual understanding among Australian and Indonesian youth?

Project Leads

Dr Avery Poole

Dr Avery Poole

Assistant Director, Melbourne School of Government

The University of Melbourne

Dr Dafri Agussalim

Dr Dafri Agussalim

Executive Director, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Universitas Gadjah Mada