Australian Embassy

2013 Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP)

Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP)

The Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) for young leaders began in 2002 to build links between Muslim communities in Australia and Indonesia and promote greater understanding and recognition of religion and its role in each country.

Funded by the Australian Government and run through the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII), this program is one of the AII’s flagship programs. So far, 42 Australians and 112 Indonesians have participated in the program.

Muslim Exchange Program involves a two-week visit to Australia by two groups of young Indonesian Muslim community leaders, such as writers, academics and workers in non-governmental and religious organisations, and a visit to Indonesia by their Australian counterparts. The focus is on building a greater understanding of the nature of mainstream Islam in Indonesia for the Australian participants and a greater awareness of Australia’s multicultural society for the Indonesians.

Candidates are interviewed and selected by an independent selection panel based on their professional and social networks and their capacity to act as ambassadors and participate in interfaith dialogue.

Applicants must:

  1. be under 40 years of age;
  2. have demonstrated fluency in English through TOEFL (international or institutional standard) with minimum score of 450; and
  3. complete the application form (available on Paramadina University

Applications must be lodged by Thursday 17 January 2013 at 16:00 WIB. Applications can be posted to Paramadina University, Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav.97, Mampang, Jakarta Selatan 12790 or emailed to