Monash University hosts Indonesian Ambassador to Australia

Pictured left to right: Professor Julian Millie (Professor, Indonesian Studies; Advisory Board Chair, Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre), Associate Professor Sharyn Davies (Director, Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre) and His Excellency Dr Siswo Pramono (Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia in Australia).

Tuesday 22 March saw the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre host Monash alumnus, His Excellency Dr Siswo Pramono, Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia in Australia, on his first visit to Monash University. Dr Pramono holds a Master of Law from Monash University and a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. Prior to his Ambassadorship, Dr Pramono served as Director-General of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency (PADA) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta.

Over 80 Monash staff, students and community members attended the welcome event which included a tour of the Indonesian collection at the Sir Louis Matheson Library, followed by Dr Pramono’s inaugural speech discussing “The Rise of Asia in the Context of the Republic of Indonesia-Australia Relations". A number of Monash Arts students were then invited to participate in a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Professor Julian Millie.

“It was a wonderful turnout for the event, filled with rich discussion on matters ranging from the Australia-Indonesia relationship, to research, visas and funding, and Indonesia’s current role as G20 host,” reflected Associate Professor Sharyn Davies, Director of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre.

It was an honour to host our new Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, one who is so passionate about building a fruitful, long-term relationship with the Monash community.

The official party included:

Dr Mukhamad Najib, Educational and Cultural Attaché, Indonesian Embassy in Canberra

Pande Ketut Wuri, Minister / Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Indonesian Embassy in Canberra

Muniroh Rahim, Consul for Economic Affairs, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne

I Made Oka Wardhana, Consul for Information, Social & Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne

Monash staff in attendance:

Associate Professor Sharyn Davies, Director, Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre

Professor Julian Millie, Professor, Indonesian Studies and Advisory Board Chair, Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre

Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law

Emeritus Professor Ariel Heryanto, Former Director of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre

Yacinta Kurniasih, Indonesian Studies, Faculty of Arts