Australians should remember that the millions of Muslims in Indonesia live peacefully as part of a vibrant and diverse society, says a Flinders academic who will host an OzAsia forum tomorrow.
The launch of Flinders’ Jembatan initiative marks the culmination of 50 years of building links in education, language, culture and research with Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia has visited Flinders to join a celebration of the University’s strong engagement with Indonesia.
A delegation from Flinders visiting Indonesia has further strengthened linkages with the prestigious Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and identified synergies between Adelaide and Yogyakarta.
Flinders University Nursing student Ahmad Hasyim, an Indonesian who says the fear of needles is particularly strong back home, is fighting back against that fear.
A program to build capacity to support people with disability in Indonesia has brought 25 Australia Award Fellows to Flinders University.
Imagine a country with a population ten times the size of Australia’s and the largest economy in South East Asia. It’s a democracy, its economic growth is second only to China, and several of its key political players are Australian university graduates, with others rising to prominence.
Strained national relations between Australia and Indonesia over border protection issues make the importance of people-to-people relationships, including those based around education, even more crucial, according to Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber.
Women with disabilities are among Indonesia’s most vulnerable and discriminated citizens, and Flinders University Honours student James Baker is determined to help them.