MDD headlines a full Monash program in Indonesia
The third annual Monash Doctoral Information Day (MDD) in Indonesia set a new standard for our international engagement strategy. We had a 26% increase in participation (over 2017) at our Jakarta event and over 120 participants at the first regional MDD held in Makassar. The MDD provides a platform for broader faculty engagement with Indonesia.
Prospective research students met with faculty experts to discuss research ideas and study options and learnt how a Monash PhD could change their life by providing employment and professional development opportunities. The MDD offered practical advice and presentations on the application process, approaching a supervisor and funding their study to help participants take the next step in their graduate journey.
The MDD incorporated an expo, individual consultations, and practical and topical presentations from academics, partners, alumni and scholarship bodies. Current and past doctoral students presented a very popular session on “What I wish I had known before starting my PhD”. Professor Matthew Gillespie, Vice-Provost (Faculty and Graduate Affairs), opened the MDD in Jakarta. “It was great to be part of an event that elicits such a positive reaction. The interest in the room in innovative thinking and research to find solutions to contemporary problems, many shared by both Indonesia and Australia, was impressive,” he said.
Eight Monash faculties (arts [humanities and social sciences]; business and economics; education; engineering; information technology; law; medicine, nursing and health sciences; science), held discipline relevant sessions. Monash University Malaysia highlighted opportunities for graduate research in Malaysia. Staff from Student Recruitment and Admissions offered advice to prospective students on study options and entry requirements. Australia Awards Indonesia, LPDP (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs scholarship agencies provided advice on funding available to undertake study in Australia. A highlight of the program was the joint session with RISTEKDIKTI (Indonesian Ministry for Higher Education and Research) on Industrial Revolution 4.0 on Higher Education in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges. Another well-attended session was the free Monash English Bridging test, which provided English proficiency results for those that participated.
In 2018 the MDD was launched in eastern Indonesia in the city of Makassar. We have a strong connection with Makassar through local university partners, the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) project and the Australian Consulate. Six faculties (arts; education; engineering; information technology; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science), and Monash University Malaysia participated in the regional expo, which attracted prospective research students from across eastern Indonesia.
The MDD acts as a springboard for a range of engagement activities across Indonesia, a sample of these are below. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and made it so successful. It was particularly rewarding to re-engage with past participants who have taken the leap and started on their PhD journey.
Monash held an alumni reception in Jakarta to coincide with MDD. It provided the ideal platform to welcome the new International Alumni Manager - Indonesia, Mr “Didi” Gusti Reynaldie. Didi joined the team in August and is working in the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta to enhance our alumni engagement (we have over 8,000 Indonesian alumni). At the event, the Faculty of Arts announced the new Monash Herb Feith Indonesia Engagement Centre, and its exciting student mobility program in Indonesia under the Global Immersion Guarantee.
Associate Professor Jane Wilkinson (Associate Dean Graduate Research, Faculty of Education) found the alumni event very moving. She met an alumnus who graduated 15 years ago from the Faculty of Education that has set up a philanthropic organisation utilising principles he learned in his leadership master degree. The organisation devised leadership educational programs for schools based in rural and remote areas. ‘He and his wife are currently working with some schools on identifying gender gaps in schooling and developing some action plans with the school leaders. That is the power of education’, she said.
Ministry of Transportation partnership
We continued to grow our engagement with the Ministry of Transportation through provision of a master class session on public policy and leadership to over 200 delegates from the Ministry. This led to discussions on the development of a specialised degree, short course training and research collaboration in smart airports.
Dean’s Speaker Series
Two of our deans and two associate deans graduate research featured in a session on ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’, which was moderated by Dr Danny Ardianto. Danny holds a PhD from the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University (2017) and is currently Public Policy & Government Relations Manager at Google Indonesia. We were pleased to be involved in the Australian Embassy’s Dean’s Speaker Series in Jakarta, which engage alumni from Australian universities through presentations and discussions of contemporary issues.
The delegation attended meetings with a variety of Indonesian Ministries, including BAPPENAS, the Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Communication and Informatics.
"Indonesia is a dynamic, vibrant country with an emerging tech sector working towards the vision of Indonesia 4.0. In discussions with various Ministries, it became clear that digital transformation is a key driver for the Indonesia government - and the kind of students which were attracted to the MDD will be critical for delivering on this grand vision," said Professor Jon Whittle, Dean, Faculty of IT.