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Australian Indonesia Institute - Annual Report 1999-2000

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The Institute aims to build groups of young and potentially influential people in both Australia and Indonesia who have an understanding and knowledge of the two countries. It also aims to develop a network of Indonesians who can interpret Australian society and policies for the Indonesian people and government.

The Institute initiated and sponsored several innovative projects under its youth and education program. In 1999–2000, we incorporated a reciprocal element into the Institute teacher scholarship program and sponsored the creation of an excellent web site for teachers and students of Indonesia. Although the annual youth exchange program (AIYEP) was postponed to late 2000 due to security concerns, young Australian scientists competed in the Asian Physics Olympiad in Jakarta and young Indonesian politicians participated in an Australian study tour.

AII professional development teacher exchange

Since its inception, the Institute has funded around 350 scholarships for Australian primary school teachers to study Indonesian language and culture. This program was revitalised in 2000 in the form of a professional development exchange program for Australian and Indonesian school teachers managed by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF). The program is advertised each year in April.

The purpose of this program is to provide professional development training for teachers from both countries, to improve their language skills, to expose teachers to stimulating ideas and genuine experiences of life in each other's country as well as to encourage long-term personal and institutional contacts.

Around 20 Australian teachers have been selected to participate in a three-week study tour to North Sulawesi in the 2001 January school holidays organised by the Teacher Training Institute of Manado (IKIP) and the Asia Education Foundation. During this period, the Australian teachers will undertake course work, teach in Indonesian schools and will be hosted in the homes of Indonesian educators.

The second phase of the program, in mid 2001, will involve a work placement and cultural and home-stay program in Australia for a group of Indonesian educators. The Indonesian teachers will teach in Australian schools and be hosted by those Australian teachers who travelled to North Sulawesi.

Curriculum development—Indonesia web site

The Institute sponsored the Curriculum Corporation to produce a web site designed to promote the use of Indonesia-related curriculum materials for Australian students and teachers of Indonesia.

The Indonesia web site was the winner of the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing in the Best Primary Web site category.

The judges were '... impressed with the well-chosen links, the excellent navigation and the quality of the material made available and accessible ...'

The web site ( has three major components. The teacher resource component includes curriculum guides and downloadable classroom resource material. The interactive student component (Go Indonesia!) opens with an interactive map of Indonesia and guides students through a sequence of activities providing information about Indonesia and downloadable activity sheets. The third component is for the teaching of Bahasa Indonesia as a foreign language and, on completion in 2000, will supplement existing Indonesian language teaching programs.

Australian social geography textbook

The Institute initiated the development and publication of an Australian social geography book, Geografi Australia, for incorporation into the Indonesian primary school curriculum. In 1999, 50 000 copies were distributed to 1000 schools across Indonesia. Train the teacher workshops, run by Asian Field Study Centres Pty Ltd, were held in South Sumatra, Central Java and East Java. The textbook received excellent feedback as a useful classroom resource and a further print run is being planned in consultation with the Indonesian Department of Education.

A welcome additional benefit of the textbook project is its value as an Indonesian language reader for Australian students. The textbook will be offered to Australian schools that offer Indonesian language.

Geografi Australia
Mr John Reid AO, Chairman, displays Geografi Australia at a meeting with the Australian Studies Centre (ASC) at the University of Indonesia. Dr Reni Winata, Director of the ASC and Dr Usman Chatib Warsa, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Indonesia.

Australian Studies Centre, University of Indonesia

The Australian Studies Centre at the University of Indonesia continued to receive substantial support from the Institute in 1999–2000. The Centre's program of activities was adjusted over the year to take account of developments in the bilateral relationship. Centre Director, Dr Reni Winata, took the opportunity to invite prominent Indonesians to participate in a series of roundtable meetings and seminars to discuss prospects for enhancing co-operation between Indonesia and Australia. The Institute sponsored visits to the university by Australian academics, politicians and journalists as well as return visits to Australia by four post-graduate university staff. The Institute also contributed to the upgrading of the Centre's library resources and facilities.

IKAMA Alumni

The alumni organisation for Indonesians who have studied in Australia, IKAMA, continued to be one of the most active Australian alumni association overseas. In recognition of the good work of the IKAMA executive, and with a view to capitalising on the exponential growth in the number of Australian alumni in Indonesia in recent years, the Institute decided to support the development and activities of IKAMA. The Institute sponsored the IKAMA newsletter, approved funding for the publication of a second edition of the Directory of Members and is currently developing a strategy for future support.

Australia Indonesia Rural Areas Education Scheme

The Australia Indonesia Rural Areas Education Scheme (AIRAES) program was established by the Institute in 1995 with a view to expanding links between rural schools, teacher training institutions and rural students. Since 1995, three Australian tertiary institutions with a rural campus have received funding to manage a teacher exchange program with an Indonesian counterpart.

The AIRAES program was completed in late 1999, with six visiting tutors in their final semester of a teacher training degree from Makassar State University, Sulawesi, travelling to Bendigo, Victoria, to participate in a four-week program. Following a cultural and language orientation program at La Trobe University, the trainee teachers had very successful work placements at 17 schools in Bendigo where they taught Indonesian language and culture.

Contestants for the First Asian Physics Olympiad
Contestants prepare for the First Asian Physics Olympiad in Jakarta. Left to right: Kenneth Tsui, Belinda Leong, Clancy James, Minister for Education Dr David Kemp, Managing Director Rio Tinto Mr Barry Cusack, Garth Pearce, Andrew Hill, Team Leader Duncan Mortimer.

Rio Tinto Australian Science Olympiads

The Institute sponsored five of Australia's young scientists to compete in the First Asian Physics Olympiad held in Jakarta in April 2000. Australia's involvement was coordinated by the Rio Tinto Australian Science Olympiads. The five students were selected from more than 1300 applicants from across Australia and competed against 17 nations winning a silver medal and three honourable mentions. The olympiad was opened by President Abdurrahman Wahid and closed by Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Indonesian English language teacher training

The Institute supported a four-week in-service program for English teachers in government secondary schools in the province of North Sumatra. The course, organised by Insearch Language Centre UTS, the Australia Centre Medan and Australia Asia Networks, was designed to increase the teachers' knowledge of English and their confidence in using English in a variety of situations as well as introducing a variety of Australian teaching methods.

Twenty Indonesian teachers, with minimal prior contact with native English speakers, participated in the course and were awarded with a certificate following practical and theory-based assessment. In addition, 100 local senior high school students were offered free English classes at the Australia Centre Medan for the duration of the course.

Australia Asia young leaders program

The Institute sponsored the March 1999 visit to Australia by four young Indonesian parliamentarians at the invitation of the Australia Asia Young Leaders Program (AAYLP). The visit aimed to foster long-term relationships between the emerging political leadership of Australia and Indonesia. The delegates for the program represented four Indonesian parliamentary parties, PAN, PPP, PKB and Golkar.

The parliamentarians met senior Australian business people with interests in Indonesia as well as Australian politicians and government officials. The delegates engaged in discussions about Indonesia's changing political system and the prospects for greater cooperation between the political institutions of both countries.

Anthropological and archaeological research project

The Institute provided a small level of funding to assist with a research project developed by Dr Bulbeck from the Australian National University in collaboration with Indonesian archaeologists covering the archaeology and anthropology of South Sulawesi. The project was also valuable in terms of training in the areas of fieldwork and laboratory techniques.


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Home . Mission statement . Chairman's statement . Board membership . Media program . Youth and education program Arts and sport program . Commercial and the professions program . Civil society program . Administrative overview . Appendix A: Financial statements . Appendix B: Order-in-Council