UQ and Indonesia

Asia-Pacific allies

After more than 50 years of close collaboration, UQ is one of the most engaged international universities with Indonesia, and shares close ties with the University of Indonesia and Udayana University. Through our research synergies – particularly food and water security, energy and resource management, and governance – UQ and Indonesia are creating a healthier, happier, and more sustainable future.

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473

Indonesian students enrolled at UQ


59

Indonesia-UQ co-publications


17

academic staff born in Indonesia


13

research projects about Indonesia


1473

alumni in Indonesia


34

agreements with 21 official partners

UQ Indonesia Office

The UQ Indonesia Office is strategically located in central Jakarta, adjacent to the Queensland Trade and Investment’s ASEAN Office. As a result, we can collaborate more directly with universities, government agencies, corporate networks, and non-governmental organisations, and support our alumni in the wider South-East Asian region.

Research

Co-publications

We have partnered with Indonesia-based researchers on more than 220 co-publications in the past 5 years. The top research areas include ecology, environmental sciences, biodiversity conservation, public health, and agriculture. Our top co-publishers were the University of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University.

Research collaborations

There have been 4 research project collaborations with Indonesian institutions since 2012, worth a total of more than AUD 970,000. Collaborators include the Indonesian Legumes and Tuber Crops Research Institute, Udayana University, and the World Wildlife Fund (Indonesia).

Research funding

In the past 5 years, 2 UQ research projects have been funded by Indonesian organisations: People and Nature Consulting International (Borneo futures project) and the World Wildlife Fund Indonesia (Reconciling competing objectives for the design of marine reserve networks: biodiversity, food security, and local equity in benefits).

Research about Indonesia

Since 2012, UQ has led more than 30 research projects in relation to Indonesia, worth more than AUD 11.2 million. The largest funding body is the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), which has provided more than AUD 8.6 million for 10 research projects in the past 5 years, followed by the World Bank Group, which has provided more than AUD 4.9 million for 2 projects.

Collaboration in action

Future-proofing island communities

UQ and Indonesia's national research organisation, the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI), have partnered to improve the sustainability of Indonesia's urban and small island communities. Supported by close to half a million dollars of joint investment, the institutions are exploring ways to improve the resilience of Indonesia’s largest cities from human and built environment perspectives. The research is also addressing pressing sustainable development issues faced by small and remote islands – including Lombok and Ambon – such as coastal management and risk reduction. Annual research symposia and joint PhD training activities for UQ and LIPI scholars are being supported by the initiative.

Improving the livelihoods of rural cattle farmers

When it comes to increasing beef cattle production, forage tree legumes (FTLs) offer Indonesian farmers huge potential. While existing fattening systems are characterised by slow turn-off and poor carcass quality, UQ researchers have found FTLs are a viable feed alternative, particularly in the dry season. After working with smallholder farmers, UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Associate Professor Max Shelton (pictured second from right) found it is even possible to double smallholder cattle productivity by improving the nutritional value of FTLs. Professor Shelton and his team – which includes experts from the University of Mataram – have already helped farmers plant around 400,000 FTL trees and more than one million seedlings.

Conserving healthy marine ecosystems

The Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project is unlocking the natural wealth of coastlines in the East Asia-Pacific region, with the aim of enhancing livelihoods, improving food security, and sustaining marine environments. Funded by the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and UQ, many elements of the project are being piloted in South Sulawesi, an area rich in biodiversity but under pressure from over-harvesting. The project seeks to showcase the value of ecosystem services to coastal communities, and to promote sustainable model approaches in local planning frameworks. Several UQ bodies are involved in the project, including the School of Biological Sciences and UQ Business School.

Good parenting, backed by science

In 2016, a group from Indonesia's Ministry’s Early Childhood and Community Education (ECCE) attended training at the Triple P International head office in Brisbane, and returned home accredited Triple P – Positive Parenting Program practitioners. The professionals represented ECCE centres in North Sumatra; Central, East, and West Java; South Sulawesi; South Kalimantan; West Nusa Tenggara; and Papua; as well as the Bureau of Law and Human Resources in Jakarta. The centres will offer the Triple P Seminar Series, delivered in Indonesian, to parents of children up to 12 years old. Triple P was developed by UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre Director Professor Matthew Sanders and is now used in more than 25 countries.

Building workforce capacity

UQ’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) has been actively involved in Indonesia since the early 2000s through the provision of non-award education and training. Since 2014, more than 300 Indonesian students have enrolled in ICTE-UQ programs, which range from English language training to teacher training, vocational education, and professional internship programs. The Institute has a number of collaborative programs with universities, corporations, and government bodies throughout Indonesia including a research and journal writing program for postgraduate students at the State University of Makassar, and a customised program for public service personnel employed by Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration.

Building people power

UQ International Development (UQID) – part of the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) – is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading university development groups. UQID strives to improve the lives of people in vulnerable communities globally and, since 2012, has designed and delivered 19 Australia Awards Indonesia (AAI) short-term awards involving more than 400 participants from Indonesian government, civil society, and public sector. With enhanced knowledge and skill sets, awardees have gone on to develop organisational and individual capacity across a range of sectors, including private sector development and trade facilitation. A recent focus on law and justice has also led to UQ Law School's involvement with anti-corruption agencies and judicial bodies in Indonesia, including the Indonesian National Police.

Indonesian students at UQ

Indonesian students make up the 7th largest international cohort at UQ. In the past 5 years, more than 1,000 Indonesian students have enrolled in UQ degrees, largely PhD studies, Arts, and Commerce programs. Not surprisingly, Indonesia's vibrant culture is alive and well on campus. The UQ Indonesian Student Association (UQISA) offers opportunities for students to socialise, learn about and promote Indonesian cultures, and build community. All students, Indonesian and non-Indonesian, are encouraged to join in the Association's active social calendar.

The Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law (BEL) also offers high achieving Indonesian students a way to stand out in an increasingly competitive, multicultural business environment. The Indonesian Global Leaders Scholarship covers tuition at UQ (excluding the MBA) up to AUD 10,000, as well as a number of programs to help develop employability skills.

Video: Dhina Mutiara Kartikasari, from Indonesia, graduated with a Masters Communication for Social Change from UQ in 2014. She was chosen as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador in 2014.

Celebrating Indonesian culture

 

Our students can study Indonesian through the School of Languages and Cultures, which offers approximately 15 Indonesian language courses. Students study the country’s history, politics, cultures and society while developing spoken and written languages skills from a wide range of authentic, contemporary sources. 

The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) at UQ also offers Indonesian courses for the wider community.

Video: What to expect while studying Indonesian at UQ, and where graduates can go.

Student mobility

Support for in-country learning

UQ is a founding member of the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), a non-profit consortium of universities that develops and coordinates study options in Indonesia for Australian students. More than 35 UQ students have completed ACICIS programs in Indonesia since 1997 in the fields of business, Indonesian language, and development studies.

Scholarship program

Through its New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program, the Australian Government is supporting two UQ undergraduates to study in Indonesia in 2017. Bachelor of Engineering/Arts student Michael Lucas is studying Indonesian language immersion at Gadjah Mada University, and Bachelor of Arts/Laws student Alexander Williams is studying international law, Indonesian civil and criminal law, and Islamic law at the University of Indonesia.

Mobility Program

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program supports undergraduates to undertake study, internships, and mentorships in Indo-Pacific countries, including in Indonesia. In the most recent NCP round, Bachelor of Journalism students spent two weeks in Jakarta reporting on the 2017 government elections. Along with basic language training, the students gained hands-on experience in the use of technical equipment, and editorial, ethical, legal, and intercultural communication issues.

UQ and the University of Indonesia

UQ has a long-standing partnership with the University of Indonesia (UI). In 2015, UQ and UI celebrated 15 years of a joint psychology program. In this time, more than 200 Indonesian students have completed their Bachelors degree at UQ, with many UI students staying on for postgraduate programs. In 2017, UQ's Faculty of Business, Economics and Law also celebrated a major milestone with UI: 10 years of student exchange, in which more than 200 dual degree students have entered into UQ bachelors of Business Management, Commerce, and Economics.

Anti-corruption field trip

In February 2017, the TC Beirne School of Law took 15 Bachelor of Laws students on a two-week trip to study Indonesia’s efforts at fighting corruption. Exploring issues of integrity and corporate governance, the students mixed academic study with field-based learning.

Alumni

Indonesia is home to a large UQ alumni network. Almost 1,500 alumni live in Indonesia and more than 2,200 alumni were born there. Alumni from or working in Indonesia include:

Alumni

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia (Bachelor of Arts 1983)
Research Professor in Microbiology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences; 2014 UQ International Alumnus of the Year (PhD 1989)
Dr Sidrotun Naim
Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture and Pathology Studies at Surya University; former Research Scientist at Harvard Medical School; 2012 winner of the UNESCO-L'Oreal Women in Science Award (Master of Marine Biology 2005)

Staff

UQ is privileged to have at least 17 academic staff members who were born in Indonesia. A few senior staff include:

Publications

Publications

UQ and Indonesia share a strong and productive history of engagement stretching back more than 50 years. Our joint research efforts and people-to-people links enrich our countries.

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.