Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP)
Run in conjunction with the Australian Embassy, Jakarta and Paramadina University, the program also builds links between Muslim community representatives and other religious, ethnic and community groups in both countries.
Each year, the MEP provides participants with the opportunity to experience each nation’s diversity, culture and traditions first hand, allowing participants to return home and share with their own communities what they have seen and learnt.
Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)
Every year the AIYEP program sends 18 young Indonesians aged 21-25 to Australia for two months (October to December) where they take part in work placements, cultural performances, homestays and visits to local schools and communities. 18 young Australians undertake a similar program in Indonesia with their Indonesian counterparts from December to February.
The program aims to provide opportunities for young people from Indonesia and Australia to gain a better understanding of the culture, development and way of life of each other's country. AIYEP alumni form a vibrant group whose members have gone on to work in areas with a continuing involvement in the bilateral relationship.
Partnership in Islamic Education Scholarships (PIES)
The PIES program aims to strengthen research and teaching in Indonesian Islamic universities and institutes and to build strong links between Australia and some of Indonesia’s most respected Islamic scholars.
The program is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs. As part of the program, PIES participants spend a year of their doctoral studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
During their year at ANU, students undertake academic skills and writing courses, regularly attend seminars and conferences and join in scholarly and religious activities run by the Canberra Indonesian student community.
Australia–Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program
Established in 2008, the Australia–Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program is an initiative of the Australia–Indonesia Institute and Asia Education Foundation (AEF). To date, the program has established 164 Australia–Indonesia school partnerships and directly involved over 655 Australian and Indonesian teachers.
By creating and supporting sister school partnerships BRIDGE builds relationships between Australian and Indonesian teachers and students, improves teacher capacity, cross-cultural understanding, global competencies and proficient use of new technologies for sustained collaboration.
This immersive and blended model of professional learning supports school communities across Indonesia and Australia to build international school partnerships.
Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Program objectives are to:
- Create and support school-to-school partnerships
- Improve the intercultural knowledge and skills of all participants
- Improve the ICT knowledge and skills of all participants
- Build professional knowledge and skills, including strategies of effective teaching practice, among participant teaching staff
- Provide particular support to developing New Education Programme schools in Indonesia
You can find information about Australia–Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program at http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/programmes/school-partnerships. Download the Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships brochure here .
The Ambassador’s Principal Lecture Series
The Australian Ambassador’s Principals Lecture Series known as the PLS was initiated by Ambassador Paul Grigson in 2015 as part of the Australian embassy’s commitment to support education in Indonesia. Since then, the PLS has been conducted in Australian’s embassy in Jakarta, and in Australian consulate generals in Bali, Makassar and Surabaya. In 2017 we expect up to 400 school principals, supervisors and senior teachers to participate in the PLS.
The PLS is a forum, dedicated for school/madrasah supervisors/principals, to discuss various education issues. This event is organised through interactive discussion, facilitated by relevant resource persons from various backgrounds (e.g. from the Ministry of Education and Culture, district government and from Civil Society Organisations).
PLS supports the professional development of school principals and supervisors. It is an opportunity for the participants to share good practices in school improvement and to gain lessons learned that can be applied in their schools.
PLS also provides a chance for interested embassy staff and visiting officials to engage informally with Indonesia’s education leaders and managers, and deepen Australia’s involvement in the sector.