Indonesia Network Forum

The Office of Global Engagement together with our Monash Indonesia Representative Office, held the Indonesia Network Forum on 9 August 2018 in the New Horizons Building on Clayton Campus. With 100 registrations and over 110 people in attendance, it was great to see so many people interested and engaged in Indonesia and join in the networking at the end of the forum.

The varied program included presentations by Monash and external experts, videos, and panels with representation from faculties, young entrepreneurs, accounting, infrastructure innovation with insights on the nexus between education, research and business.

Professor Abid Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement) opened the forum and gave an overview of the Monash Indonesia strategy and an update of activities. Indonesia has been a critical partner for Monash since inception, from the early days of receiving Colombo Plan students to the current ambitious Global Immersion Guarantee program utilising New Colombo Plan funding. The importance of deepening connections and broadening engagement across the archipelago were central themes of the presentation.

The Keynote was given by the Indonesian Consul-General (Victoria and Tasmania), Ibu Spica A. Tutuhatunewa, which was the audience favourite according to the feedback survey. With a focus on the growing opportunities in the digital space, the Consul-General noted the significant difference between Australia and Indonesia in terms of population size. However, she also outlined the many similarities and exciting scope for increasing collaboration between the two countries particularly in the area of digital technology and innovation. The importance of building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders should not be underestimated.

Ms Helen Brown, Digital Economy Fellow of the Australia Indonesia Centre moderated two panels using a conversational style that sparked insights into the importance of relationship building and management for the success of doing business in Indonesia. The overview of the innovative and diverse initiatives in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences was the second favourite part of the program and initiated engaging conversations during the networking session. The forum was a successful way to engage the Monash community on Indonesia and share replicable best practice engagement strategies.

Feedback (based on a survey completed by nearly 1/3 of participants)

  • 100% positive feedback on the usefulness of the forum.
  • 80% of respondents to the feedback survey are keen to stay informed about what Monash is doing in Indonesia.
  • 60% of respondents seeking inclusion on the MIRO email list (which already has over 320 Monash contacts).

With 94% of survey respondents in favour of attending a similar event once or twice per year, we have begun planning for the next event.

We invite you to join us.