Honorary Doctorate for Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia

Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono arrives at the ceremony.

Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono arrives at the ceremony.

The University has conferred an honorary degree on the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono.

The honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred at an official ceremony at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta, attended by almost 200 dignitaries including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian ministers and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Greg Moriarty.

Vice President Boediono, who holds a Master of Economics degree from Monash, became Vice President in 2009. Prior to this he held a number of prestigious positions, including Governor of the Indonesian central bank, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Finance, and State Minister for National Development Planning. He has served as a Professor of Economics at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ed Byrne, said the University was extremely proud to confer the doctorate. He said the Vice President had played a key role in strengthening democracy in Indonesia, guiding economic growth, and in reducing inequities.

"The progress of Australia is intimately linked with that of our neighbours," Professor Byrne said.

"Under Vice President Boediono's leadership, South-East Asia's largest economy has flourished despite global uncertainty. The Vice President has driven a number of important reforms to assist the development not only of Indonesia, but of our region."

In his acceptance address, Vice President Boediono referred to the strong relations between Australia and Indonesia and to the value of undertaking his tertiary education in Australia.

“Today is undoubtedly one of the most memorable days in my life,” the Vice President said.