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What ASEAN can teach the world about surviving a financial crisis


29 September

Having learned from the crisis of 1997 and 2000, ASEAN weathered the financial meltdown of 2008.

Dr Sandra Seno-Alday believes economies around the world can learn valuable lessons from observing how Southeast Asia reacted to the 2008 financial crisis.

'The most important lesson is that fostering closer and sustainable international trade matters a lot in developing greater robustness against shocks.' Read more

We expand our Indo-Pacific engagement


31 August

The University of Sydney's New Colombo Plan projects will support more than 300 students this year.

Improving the supply of medicines in Fiji, natural resource management in the Mekong, and the health of livestock in Cambodia and Laos are among 20 new projects to be undertaken as part of the New Colombo Plan.

The federal government announced the $AU20 million of funding for the 2016 phase of the plan, which will send more than 5,450 students across Australia on internships and study programs to 28 locations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Overall the government has committed $100 million over five years to this major initiative to enhance knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region. Read more

Workshop on Sustainable Intensification of rice-based systems provides food for thought

Sustainable rice

6 July

The lower Mekong Region (LMR) is generally regarded as including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The purpose of this workshop was to develop a research and development strategy, and identify policy drivers for sustainable intensification.

Sustainable Intensification is an important global challenge in which ACIAR has invested, and focusses on strategies that are aimed at producing food more efficiently and sustainably.

The workshop generated a wide range of suggestions for policy adjustment, and research and development strategies to facilitate Sustainable Intensification. In future, crop and livestock productivity must be increased without adverse environmental impacts. Read more

Fostering leadership in Indonesian universities

Universities Australia

15 May

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney is hosting 14 higher education leaders from Indonesia for a two-day short course from 13 to 14 April.

The course is aimed at providing participants with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare Indonesia's higher education sector for change.

"Over the past three decades, the sector has grown significantly and there have been major changes to the regulatory landscape, especially in the context of rapid internationalisation within the higher education sector across Southeast Asia," Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, Professor Michele Ford said. Read more

Disaster management for people with disabiliies in Southeast Asia

31 March

The goal of helping people in Southeast Asia with disabilities be better prepared for disasters has won a team of University of Sydney researchers a place in the Global Resilience Challenge.

"People with disabilities in Southeast Asia are currently four times more likely to die when a disaster strikes than those without disabilities," said Dr Emma Colgaro, the project leader and research fellow from the School of Geosciences.

"The difficulties faced by people with disabilities can include the inaccessibility of evacuation facilities, emergency response staff not being trained to meet their needs and the interruption of crucial support systems during a disaster." Read more

Empowering Indonesia's future female leaders


19 March

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney is hosting 25 emerging female NGO leaders for a two-week course to help empower Indonesian women.

The course, from 15 to 28 March, is aimed at improving participants' leadership, management and organisational skills.

"Indonesia has a relatively good track record when it comes to female representation in parliament with eight female ministers currently in cabinet," Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, Professor Michele Ford said. Read more