Indonesia Australia Awards

Date: 14 August 2017

StudyNSW, in collaboration with various NSW Government departments and agencies recently offered a series of seminars to Australian Award recipients from Indonesia currently studying in NSW.

These seminars were delivered between March and June 2017 and culminated in a closing ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday 8 August.  

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales and his wife Mrs Hurley congratulated 39 Indonesian students and hosted them for morning tea at Government House.

Steven Junius Panjaitan, studying a Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney was one of the students attending the ceremony. 'The closing ceremony at Government House was for me the culmination of a terrific professional development activity with the NSW Government - which had opened the way for valuable future contacts for awardees from both the government and non-government sectors in Indonesia'

Peter Mackey, Director StudyNSW commented, 'These seminars typify the primary purpose of StudyNSW which is about enhancing the international student experience here in our state, and they are a starting point for forging future connections for our two nations. However the real value of this program is that it has brought together people with common interests and a curiosity to learn more and engage with each other.'

Australia Awards

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development. 

There are currently 114 Australia Awards Scholarship students from Indonesia studying in NSW, including 42 from Indonesian government ministries and agencies. All are doing post-graduate study and most are mid-career professionals.

The NSW Government seminar series covered topics on NSW government initiatives in infrastructure, renewable energy, and health systems with an initial seminar on the methodology behind the Premier’s Priorities. They provided opportunity for Indonesian participants to better understand the NSW public sector priorities and operations. In addition, public sector presenters were able to gain insights from their Indonesian counterparts.

The seminars contribute towards sister state – province cooperation and demonstrate the government’s implementation of the NSW-Jakarta Sister State MoU which was renewed in October 2015.