Flagship programs

CAAR speakers

This program provides opportunities for influential Australians to visit the Arab world (or vice versa) to share their expertise on a particular issue. The host institution (not the Speaker) would receive from $10,000 (excluding GST) CAAR funding to cover costs associated with international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses. The Speaker would visit for a week, visiting at least two cities, and undertaking at least one public (free) speaking event. The grantee must arrange for the Speaker to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). Both the Speaker and the host institution are responsible for promotion of the CAAR’s support of the project, including through the use of social media.

Deakin University - Sharing Syrian scholarship on the uprising with the Australian public

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Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Damascus, Syria. Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia commons.

The CAAR International Speakers Program supported leading Syrian researcher Zaki Mehchy, the co-founder of the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). Mr Mehchy gave public lectures in Melbourne and Sydney and participated in a round table in Canberra, speaking on the root causes and impacts of the Syrian uprising. The SCPR is an independent think tank that was established in Damascus in 2011, and subsequently moved to Beirut. The think tank is the only body that has been able to do in-depth, quality research into economic changes in Syria since the conflict began. It regularly releases highly cited reports on topics such as Social Degradation in Syria, the impact of Forced Dispersion and health centre and hospital indices in Syria.

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Zaki Mehchy and Dara Conduit, Deakin University met with DFAT officers and CAAR Secretariat while in Canberra, May 2018. Credit: CAAR Secretariat.

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CAAR visitors

This program provides opportunities for Australian or Arab experts (in disciplines as diverse as political science, theatre, sport, science, visual arts or start-up incubators) to collaborate with their counterparts in the alternate region. The host institution (not the Visitor) would receive from $30,000 (excluding GST) CAAR funding to cover costs associated with business class international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses. The Visitor would visit for five to twelve weeks, and would achieve a demonstrable outcome, such as: an academic research paper, a theatre play script, a radio documentary, or an album. The grantee must arrange for the Visitor to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). Both the Visitor and the host institution are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR’s support of the project, including through the use of social media.

University of South Australia - Building bridges of understanding through engagement with Qatar, Oman and Kuwait

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With delegates at the Australian Embassy in Doha, Qatar. Credit: University of SA.

The CAAR International Speakers Program supported the University of South Australia’s Professor Abdalla and colleagues visit to Qatar, Oman and UAE. The academics met with education departments, NGOs, universities and cultural institutions to discuss educational collaborations of mutual interest. The visit helped to progress the signing the Memorandum of Understanding with Sultan Qaboos (SQU, Oman) University and Qatar University. These led to academic collaborations in the form of joint conferences, research collaborations and three fully sponsored PhD students from Oman.

The visit focused on intercultural understanding, promotion of Australia as a destination of study, and establish partnerships with academics and intellectuals. For more information on this project please see Grantee stories.

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Discussion at the Mufti's Office, Oman. Credit: University of SA.

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CAAR exchanges

This program provides funding to universities and professional organisations to arrange for Australian groups to travel to the Arab world (or vice versa) to undertake activities related to their studies or professions. For example, journalism students could attend a professional tour of local media agencies, or a sporting team could engage in a ‘train-the-trainer’ program, or primary/secondary teachers learning teaching techniques. The students, teachers and the grantee are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR’s support of the project, including through the use of social media.

Journalism study tour to Qatar and Jordan - AMEJE18

Seventeen days, six delegates, two countries, three universities, unlimited learning.

Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange (AMEJE), a not-for-profit organisation, has proudly partnered with the CAAR since 2015 on study tours between Australia and the Arab World.

#AMEJE18 was the organisation’s fourth tour from Australia to the Middle East and the first to include students from the University of Adelaide along with those from the University of Canberra.

 

At the conclusion of a comprehensive selection process, and before leaving Australia, the successful journalism students completed a ten-week academic program run by AMEJE. Through a series of modules addressing topics such as Orientalism, gender, Islam, and media theory, delegates began the process of critical engagement with themes they would encounter on tour, along with those central to the production of better informed journalism that encourages cross-cultural understanding.

The study tour combined working visits to professional and cultural organisations, collaboration with local universities, and structured fieldwork activities. Facilitated by AMEJE’s expert staff, the program was designed to give delegates the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Middle East region in parallel with their journalism practice.

Rather than focusing on short-term content generation, AMEJE’s study tours encourage delegates to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours they can draw on throughout their careers to produce better journalism. With these long-term outcomes in mind, AMEJE maintains contact with all past delegates. This short 2018 video checks in with Helena Game, a delegate on AMEJE’s 2016 University of Canberra study tour to Qatar and the UAE, and now a producer at ABC New England.

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#AMEJE18 CAAR delegates at the Citadel in Amman, Jordan. Photo credit: Scott Bridges, AMEJE.
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AMEJE18 2: #AMEJE18 CAAR delegates with their Middle East University counterparts in Amman, Jordan. Photo credit: Scott Bridges, AMEJE.
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AMEJE18 3: #AMEJE18 CAAR delegates with Dr Axel Wabenhorst, Australia's Ambassador to Qatar. Photo credit: Scott Bridges, AMEJE.

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Women in leadership

This program gives a platform to Arab women known for their leadership and innovation, and to foster stronger links between Australian and Arab women, organisations and businesses. Projects funded under this Flagship must centre around an event (held in either Australia or the Arab world), and have a lasting impact (such as by creating professional networks). The organisation would be expected to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). The organisation is responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR’s support of the project, including through the use of social media.

Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum

Hosted at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, 'beating heart of urban Aboriginal Australia', the 6 day Sportswomen for Change Leadership forum for emerging leaders welcomed 8 women from Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, and Bahrain; and 8 Australian women working to build and improve their communities through sport and to develop leadership skills and promote cross-cultural bonds.

The 16 delegates supported the delivery of a football festival for over 150 girls at the state-of-the-art facilities at Valentine Sports Park, celebrating Female Football Week; participated in several leadership and sport for social change game design and delivery workshops; participated in an evening discussion panel hosted by Moya Dodd at Gilbert+Tobin facilitated by Tracey Holmes; participated in a beach and surf safety session with Surf Life Saving NSW; and took part in a powerful Hyundai A-League Harmony Round flag march supported by Sydney FC.  If you would like further information on this project please go to our Grantee stories webpage.

Last Updated: 12 April 2019