ANU alumni and members of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association meeting with President Joko Widodo in Parliament House, Canberra, February 2020 (image courtesy the convenor).

Watch: Deepening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through study abroad & research collaboration

ANU is world renowned as a centre for excellence in Indonesia-focused research and engagement. Through short study tours, the extensive ‘Year in Asia’ program, and extended postgraduate degrees, ANU students gain first-hand understanding of Indonesian language, culture, politics and economics and go on to apply this expertise in careers in government, academia, the media and many other diverse fields. As numbers of Indonesian language graduates decline across the country, Indonesian expertise and specialised skills are becoming increasingly sought after. This webinar examines four stories of success from ANU alumni who have been engaged in strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship. It highlights the course options available to current ANU students for exchange programs, intensive study tours in-country/ virtually, and research opportunities for postgraduate students from both Australia and Indonesia.


Cameron Allan, Regional Policy and EAS Section, Southeast Asia Regional Division, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and International Security Studies (ANU 2020)

Claudina Milawati, Deputy Director, Department of Education and Training, Australian Embassy, Jakarta. Master of Science (Science Communication) (ANU 2005)

Kirrilly McKenzie, Head of Languages, Haileybury Rendall School, NT BA Asia-Pacific Security (ANU 2014) and Grad Dip of Asia-Pacific Studies (ANU 2014)

Dr Gatra Priyandita, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and non-resident WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum PhD Political Science, ANU Coral Bell School (ANU 2021) and BA Asia-Pacific Security (Honours) (ANU 2014)


Elena Williams, Board Member, ANU Indonesia Institute. Current PhD candidate in the School of Culture, History and Languages at ANU, examining Australia-Indonesia relationship building. MA Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development (ANU 2012)

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