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Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP)

Established in 2002, the Australia-Indonesia Institute’s Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) nurtures the ongoing contact between emerging leaders of Muslim communities in both Australia and Indonesia.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Download the Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships brochure here .