AIYA Links, 26/9: Welcoming AIYA Yogya

AIYA Yogya Launch

  • We’re delighted to announce that AIYA’s Yogyakarta Chapter will be officially launched on 29 September. Come along to the welcome Networking Evening at the UGM Food Park on Monday—see the Facebook event for full details.

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  • Canberra, until 15 October: fine portraits from the Galeri Nasional Indonesia will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery. See here for more details.


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After a terrific four days of dialogue, the second Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) wrapped up in Jakarta on Wednesday night. AIYA would like to thank all the delegates, panelists, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the first CAUSINDY held in Indonesia such a success.

You can catch up on the conference’s events at our live blog. See you in 2015!

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“Are [Australia and Indonesia] just taking this relationship for granted? Is it important? Or is it just two neighbours being polite?”—Former NT Chief Minister @TerryKMills at CAUSINDY yesterday

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The first Indonesia-based CAUSINDY conference has entered its third day in Jakarta, with speakers and delegates sharing experiences and ideas about the past, present and future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

On Sunday, delegates were welcomed to Jakarta with a tour of cultural and historical sites, before gathering at the SCTV television studios for a panel discussion on Portrayals in the media.

Delegates and speakers then had the privilege of being welcomed by Ambassador Greg Moriarty at a function at his residence:

Check out our live blog of day one of CAUSINDY for a recap of the day’s conversation.

Day Two began with CAUSINDY’s Election Debrief, where top observers fleshed out the post-election political context in which the two countries will be building ties.

Yesterday afternoon delegates joined former Northern Territory Chief Minister and NT Commissioner to Indonesia and ASEAN Terry Mills, and Prodita Sabarini, the Jakarta editor of The Conversation, for a panel on Transforming the Relationship.

Catch up on yesterday’s conversation at the Day Two live blog.

As always, you can keep up with the conversation and join in on twitter by following @Causindy and using the hashtag #causindy.


AIYA Links: welcoming CAUSINDY to Jakarta

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Beginning Sunday, thirty young leaders from Australia and Indonesia will gather in Jakarta to exchange ideas about how to strengthen the relationship between our two countries as part of the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY).

After the success of the inaugural CAUSINDY  held in Canberra last year, we’re excited to bring the conference to Indonesia for the first time.

If you’re in Jakarta, we’ve got a great lineup of conference sessions open to the public, and we’d love to see you there. If you can’t make it, keep up with the conference on Twitter by following @Causindy and joining in at the hashtag #Causindy.

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Events and opportunities

English language teachers at IALF Surabaya

The Indonesia-Australia Language Foundation, a language training body established by the governments of Australia and Indonesia, is looking for English language and academic skills teachers, to be based in Surabaya.

The IALF is the leading quality language training organisation in Indonesia and the only language training organisation in Indonesia accredited by NEAS ( Established by the governments of Indonesia and Australia, the IALF is a non-profit organisation committed to providing high quality education and training services throughout Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region.

IALF Surabaya is the IELTS Test Centre for East Java and specialises in EAP and pre-departure skills for public and donor-funded students and IELTS Preparation. Students are of high school age and above and most are preparing either for study overseas or for career development. The school was initially set up in 1997 as an IELTS Testing Centre and the third IALF branch in Indonesia. We are now keen to recruit enthusiastic and experienced language instructors ideally with academic English (EAP) and IELTS experience.

For more information on this role, including responsibilities, requirements and information on applying, download the position description. The deadline for applications is Monday, September 22, 2014.

In Their Own Words: Young Indonesians on Indonesia’s Next President

Joko Widido’s election as President marks a new democratic era, according to Cornelius Damar Hanung, Cynthia Sadikin, and Ronaldus Reza. Clarissa Tanurahardja asked them for their opinions and hopes for the new President.

What are your thoughts and on Indonesia’s newly-elected President?

Cornelius: Jokowi’s election will mark a shift in Indonesia’s political paradigm. For almost 70 years Indonesia has been ruled by presidents who have come from either a military background, or have links to previous leaders. Jokowi will be the first President to have proved himself eligible as a leader through his humbleness and actions as the mayor of Solo and Governor of Jakarta. Indonesia needs a figure who is free from so-called “orde baru” or military influence and Jokowi suits the criteria.

Cynthia: Jokowi’s election is like a dream come true! He is full of surprises (in a good way). This is a victory for all Indonesians. It also shows a big step forward in our political life.

Ronaldus: Well, I couldn’t be more happier to have Mr. Joko Widodo as the new president of Indonesia. I think he is the type of man that Indonesia need right now. He is honest, a man with a good heart and truly loves Indonesia. I think he sincerely wants to improve Indonesia as a country. He is actually doing some work instead of giving promises.

What impact do you think Jokowi will have on Indonesia’s future?

Cornelius: I could not say just yet — it will depend on two things. The first is who will he choose as his cabinet’s members, since effective collaboration between the President and his cabinet is at the core of good governance. We have seen so many leaders fail because of their failure to see this issue. The second is what moves Jokowi will make in order to tackle the constraining Indonesia’s development, such as pluralism, urban development and investment policy and etc. But I do expect to see lots of innovative changes over the next 5 years.

Cynthia: Indonesia will definitely have a better future, because Mr. Jokowi has the guts to make dramatic changes in politics. He takes decisions based on what’s good for the country, not for his personal interest.

Ronaldus: I believe Jokowi will bring a positive impact to Indonesia as a country. First of all, there will be greater trust in the President, given what he has done for Solo and Jakarta. Secondly, foreigners will also have greater trust in Jokowi, including foreign leaders and investors — which I believe will boost Indonesia’s economy. His humbleness and blusukan approach is a very powerful asset. He can actually interact with people and identify the core problem in a particular area and from there, come up with a solution that is applicable. One step at a time, he will solve Indonesia’s problems.

What are your hopes for the new President?

Cornelius: In general, I would like him to live up to his voters’ expectations, to serve as a symbol of a new movement toward better Indonesia. Specifically, I hope that he and his entire government can create a framework that may accommodate Indonesia’s scholars who are currently living abroad to return and apply their knowledge to develop Indonesia. Recently I have seen an article suggesting that domestic companies tend to avoid people who have been edcuated abroad. Government should channel these talents into Indonesia’s strategic industries in order to fully exploit their potential.

Cynthia: I hope Mr. Jokowi makes a real start very soon. I really hope all the best for him.

Ronaldus: As a once-sceptical Indonesian citizen, especiall toward politicians and government officials, I hope that he can build a clean and accountable government that will actually do something for the Indonesian people instead of just taking advantage. I hope he will pursue fight against corruption in every area of government, and bring justice to the corruptors. Lastly, I hope that he can bring Indonesia one step closer to becoming a first world country with a decent infrastructure and internet connections.

Cornelius Damar Hanung is an Indonesian pursuing his passion as an urban development junior business analyst in South Korea. Cynthia Sadikin studied accounting at Monash University, Australia. Ronaldus Reza is Indonesian currently practicing his architecture with PBD Architects Australia.

What are your hopes for Jokowi in his first team? Let us know in the comments below.

AIYA Links, 29 August: friends again


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Positions at Ruma, Jakarta

Ruma, a social enterprise that empowers the poor using mobile phone technology, is looking for a Payroll and Tax Accountant and a Procurement Officer, based in Jakarta.

Ruma develops mobile technology solutions that provide easy access to financial & payment services to low income and rural populations in Indonesia. These solutions are deployed through a network of 17,000+ low income entrepreneurs recruited, trained, and supported as agents in their community.

Both positions require a minimum of two years of experience. For more information, and to apply, visit their website or download the position descriptions: Payroll and Tax Officer, Procurement Officer.

AIYA Links, 22 August: it’s over

Indonesia's Constitutional Court is seen during a hearing in Jakarta

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On the AIYA blog

  • Former Victoria AIYA Chapter President, Sam Bashfield, is motorbiking from Aceh to Jakarta and raising money for the Heart Foundation all the way. Check out his story at the blog!

Events and opportunities

  • CAUSINDY, Jakarta, 14-17 September: The second Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth is just a few weeks away, and we’re pleased to announce great new speakers and sponsors.
  • Melbourne, 29 August: come along to a seminar on the new book The Professionals: Strategy, Money & the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia at Melbourne Uni.
  • At the AIYA Job Board: the Australia Indonesia Business Council needs a new Administrative Officer.


Photo above: Reuters.