10 July 2008
Fifty years after the establishment of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, a delegation led by the University's Chancellor Professor Marie Bashir and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor John Hearn visited Indonesia this month.
A new University of Sydney World Scholarship to three Indonesian studentswas announced during the visit The scholarships were established to recognise outstanding international research students from Asia, Latin America and Africa, and are worth more than Aus$1.5 million per year.
From July until September this year, six officers from the Presidential Palace museumsare studying at the University of Sydney, with scholarships awarded by Australia's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
"Australia appreciates that preserving the records of historical developments of the republic of Indonesia is a priority for the Indonesian government," said Mr Bill Farmer, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, "And this project will contribute to this goal on a long-term basis."
Collaborations between the University and Indonesia have also experienced a huge increase in recent years, in areas of history, medicine, law, public health, geography and agriculture.
"When I was a student at Sydney University 50 years ago, I had a particularly strong interest in Indonesia and always been attracted by its fascinating culture and people. The University's successful engagement with Indonesia's education sectors will help foster other ties between two countries in culture, economy and politics," said Professor Marie Basir, who is also the Governorof New South Wales.
"The University is committed to building partnerships in Indonesia to benefit both countries in the new Asia century," added Professor Hearn.
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