Relations with Indonesia expand

January 2010

Sydney Medical School is to sign a number of agreements with Indonesia’s University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) which will promote joint research, joint training of research students and the exchange of medical students. UGM is consistently ranked as one of Indonesia’s finest universities.

“This new agreement will foster the development of research collaborations and exchange opportunities and will contribute to a growing understanding and working relationship with this important neighbour”, says Louise Freckelton, Manager of International Relations, Office for Global Health. “The exchange of our medical students for the first time in 2010 is particularly exciting. These exchanges form a vital part of our intention to help to create globally competent and globally mobile health professionals – a key aim of Sydney Medical School.”

Other partners in Indonesia

The agreements with UGM expand the relationships that Sydney Medical School has recently built with Indonesia’s premier institutions.

“ We are developing a close relationship with the prestigious Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and in May 2010, this relationship will be evidenced by University of Sydney researcher, Dr Bing Yu undertaking a research fellowship with Professor Herawati Sudoyo looking at mitochondrial DNA”, says Louise. “In addition we are looking closely at how we can work with the Eijkman to offer PhD training for our research students in areas in which the Eijkman excels.”

Sydney Medical School is also building close ties with the University of Indonesia (UI). Dr Cynthia Hunter from the School of Public Health is working with researchers from UI and with Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital to investigate the interactional and intercommunicative skills used between clinicians and their teams while providing quality care to patients. As part of the project, Indonesian research staff will be trained in qualitative fieldwork techniques. The data will be jointly collected and analysed and the results be disseminated through joint conference presentations and research papers.

In 2009, Professor Alison Kesson and Dr Belinda Herring were invited speakers at UI’s Biosafety and Biosecurity Symposium. “As a direct result of this visit, in early 2010 Sydney Medical School will be hosting a visit by two scientists from UI who are working in the areas of microbiology and virology on a week-long research fellowship to view our facilities, exchange information and to establish closer contact”, says Louise Freckelton.

Both projects with UI are supported by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) International Project Development Fund and Sydney Medical School.

“Since the institution of the Office for Global Health nearly 3 years ago, Sydney Medical School has been developing strong and dynamic relationships with our near neighbours in Asia-Pacific", says Director of the Office for Global Health and Associate Dean (International) Associate Professor Lyndal Trevena, “in particular with partner universities and institutions in China, Timor Leste, India and the Gulf States. These relationships build on the well-established activities in Vietnam led by the Hoc Mai Foundation. The recent expansion of firm ties with one of our nearest neighbours - Indonesia - is particularly welcome”.

About the Office for Global Health

The Office for Global Health works to internationalise the research undertaken by Sydney Medical School, the experience of students and staff, and approaches to learning and teaching. It also aims to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the region by engaging in health projects with some of our nearest neighbors.

See the Office for Global Health web site for more information.

Contact: Louise Freckelton
Phone: +61 2 9036 7578