Australian Embassy

Indonesia’s Best and Brightest to Study in Australia

Media Release

30 September 2016

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson has announced that 592 Indonesians will study in Australia with Australia Awards.

300 of Indonesia’s brightest minds have been selected to undertake masters and doctoral studies across a range of disciplines at one of Australia’s world class universities. A further 292 Indonesians have been chosen as Australia Awards Fellows for short-term training and professional development in Australia. Indonesians have won the lion’s share of Fellowships on offer globally.

"Australia Awards Scholarships enable Indonesia’s future leaders to strengthen their knowledge, expertise and leaderships skills, and the skills to drive change in their home country upon their return," Ambassador Grigson said.

 The recipients will attend pre-departure sessions in Jakarta and Bali this week to prepare for their move to Australia. They will be able to talk to Australian alumni and Australian students studying in Indonesia under the New Colombo Plan.

“This round of Fellowships will build capacity in a variety of sectors across Indonesia including improved maritime enforcement and security; women’s leadership and economic empowerment; and developing small and medium enterprises,” he said.

Siti Salamah Juwindasari, from the Malang Women's Crisis Centre said her Masters of Global Media Communication will help her develop communication strategies to improve the role of NGOs in human rights campaigning and advocacy.

Yusuf Romli from Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights said his scholarship will give him the expertise to support bureaucratic reform.

Scholars and Fellows will also have the opportunity to experience life in Australia, build friendships with Australians and forge connections with various Australian institutions.

“Welcome to the Australian Alumni club.”

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