RMIT partners with CAUSINDY in 2015

We’re pleased to welcome back RMIT as a Minor Sponsor for CAUSINDY 2015.

RMIT is a global university of technology and design and one of Australia’s original tertiary institutions. The university is highly regarded for excellence in professional and vocational education as well as outcome oriented research.

With two campuses in Vietnam, a presence in Europe, and delivering programs through a number of partners in the broader Asian region, RMIT’s international reputation is strong. Close to a third of RMIT’s 82,000 student population is international, with almost 20,000 studying outside of Australia.

RMIT offers Foundation Studies and Joint Degree programs in Management and Accounting, in partnership with UPH in Jakarta. The University is deepening its engagement with Indonesia, including collaboration with Indonesian universities, corporates, industry, research, alumni and government sectors.
We thank RMIT for sponsoring what will be a great conference.

UNSW supports CAUSINDY 2015

CAUSINDY welcomes another supporter this week with UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) joining us as a Minor Sponsor to help deliver this year’s conference in Darwin. UNSW is now a long-term supporter of CAUSINDY, having sponsored the inaugural CAUSINDY in Canberra in 2013, as well as Jakarta in 2014.

UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, known for its strong regional and global engagement. UNSW will support CAUSINDY by opening up new networks for us to reach potential speakers and delegates, in addition to the support of its strong cohort of students and alumni.

We are excited to be partnering with UNSW and we thank them for the renewed support for CAUSINDY in 2015.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth support CAUSINDY in 2015

CAUSINDY is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia’s leading independent law firms, will be returning to support this year’s conference as a Minor Sponsor. Corrs is committed to forging strong partnerships throughout our region, and in the process driving economic engagement between Asia and Australia.

Corrs has a variety of initiatives to drive such partnerships. In 2013, Corrs joined with ANU to create an Asian Engagement Series designed to equip business executives with the knowledge they need to capitalise on emerging Asian markets. Corrs also has a wide range of partner law firms and international secondment destinations throughout the region, including in Jakarta.

John W.H. Denton AO, Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs, will be joining us again this year as a speaker, having also spoken at the inaugural CAUSINDY in 2013 and also in 2014. John is also Chair of the Business Council of Australia’s (BCA) Global Engagement Taskforce, currently the only Australian CEO who is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s ICC World Council Executive Board, and was one of two originating members of the B20, the business reference group of the G20.

John was also a member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. He has written a number of articles for the Jakarta Globe about the Australia Indonesia relationship and the White Paper. John looks forward to supporting CAUSINDY.

We thank Corrs for their ongoing support and look forward to working together in Darwin in a few months time.

The Australian National University to sponsor CAUSINDY 2015

The Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) is pleased to welcome the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific as an official sponsor of CAUSINDY 2015.

As the region’s intellectual hub for interdisciplinary expertise on Asia and the Pacific, ANU is home to the largest number of Indonesian scholars outside of Indonesia.

We are excited to announce that as part of this collaboration, Associate Professor Greg Fealy will join the program as a speaker at CAUSINDY 2015. Assoc Prof Fealy is an internationally renowned expert on Indonesian politics and Islam, and the director of the Australian government funded Partnership in the Islamic Education Scholarships (PIES) program.

ANU has supported CAUSINDY since 2013. We thank ANU for their ongoing support and look forward to welcoming ANU alumni, students and staff as CAUSINDY delegates at the conference in Darwin.

CAUSINDY information nights: wrap-up

The CAUSINDY information nights in Jakarta, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney were a great success. The CAUSINDY team has been overwhelmed with the quality of applicants who attended and everyone who has expressed interest in being involved in the conference. This year is going to be very exciting with some extremely talented individuals coming through the application process! Stay tuned everyone for more exciting updates and good luck to all the applicants!

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Australia Awards returns as a CAUSINDY sponsor

Australia Awards logoCAUSINDY is pleased to announce that the Australia Awards, a prestigious international scholarship program funded by the Australian government, will be supporting the conference again as a Sponsor in 2015.

The Australia Awards offers the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The program aims to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries, in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

In 2013-2014, the Australian government invested $362.2 million in Australia Awards, enabling 4450 new recipients from more than 117 eligible developing countries to undertake study, research and professional development at Australian universities. The government has been supporting international scholarships for 60 years, beginning with the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. Since then, more than 100,000 people have benefited from these scholarships.

CAUSINDY is proud to partner with an organisation that has such a strong involvement in developing person-to-person links between Australia and Asia and is excited to welcome the Australia Awards Delegates to the conference.

Q&A with Jack McNaught

Jack McNaught is the founder of International Internships, and has lectured finance at Deakin University. He was a delegate to CAUSINDY 2013 in Canberra.

Jack presents in the delegate recommendations session at CAUSINDY 2013.
Jack presents in the delegate recommendations session at CAUSINDY 2013.

What have you been up to recently?

I am living in Indonesia, furthering my study of Indonesian at Gadja Madah University. I am also still managing International Internships, a company that works with universities and directly with students to facilitate internships and other educational experiences in Indonesia.

Did CAUSINDY help you form new networks and relationships?

Yes, absolutely! CAUSINDY helped me to build my network of friends with an interest in Indonesia and also put me in contact with a number of very well respected figures, which has been fantastic for the work that I do with International Internships.

What is your advice for new applicants?

If you are considering applying for CAUSINDY then I’m sure you are already passionate about Indonesia and are well aware that it is an amazing country. I encourage you to make sure you can demonstrate that passion and how it relates to your specific field of interest. This might mean reading as much as you can, strengthening your Indonesian language skills or simply talking to as many people as possible. If you know what you are talking about, you will be both better placed to be accepted into the conference and to get the most out of the experience once you’re there.

How did participating in CAUSINDY benefit you?

Mainly through meeting lots of people, Australians and Indonesians, with a shared interest in Indonesia and with lots of energy to be doing very different and exciting things. I have run into those same people again and again since – sometimes the Australia-Indonesia world can be quite small! – and have worked with some on mutual endeavours. I also learnt a lot from the presentations, which were from some of the most knowledgeable people in the field.

CAUSINDY is a fantastic conference and a rare opportunity for youth interested in the relationship between Indonesia and Australia – I can’t think of any other platform that brings together a group of people with so much knowledge, energy and enthusiasm!

Does the Australia-Indonesia relationship have a bright future?

Yes – it has to! The politicisation of some recent issues has been frustrating, to say the least, but the people-to-people relationships are still really strong and they will overcome the hiccups that we have experienced recently.

Application deadline extended for CAUSINDY 2015

It’s your last chance! Applications to join the 2015 Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth have been extended until the 30th of June.

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This year is shaping up to be our most exciting conference yet. For the first time, we’re heading to Darwin, with a conference program built around the past and future of Australia-Indonesia ties. Highlights include:

  • Panel discussions covering topics from renewable energy to indigenous contact with Indonesia
  • An intimate dinner with Andre Omer Siregar, Indonesian Consulate in Darwin and former interpreter for former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
  • private tour of the NT Art Gallery, the CAUSINDY Gala Dinner, and a visit to the Australian Outback

CAUSINDY 2015 will run from the 19th to the 22nd of September. Have any questions about the application process? Reply to this email, or check out our FAQ.

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Applications close at 11pm AEST on the 30th of June, 2015.Don’t miss out!

Q&A with Surya Setiyaputra

Surya Setiyaputra (@SSetiyaputra) is an aspiring entrepreneur and founder and director of Buziebee, an online marketplace startup that aims to provide on-the-job project-based learning experiences. He was a delegate to CAUSINDY 2014 in Jakarta.

What have you been up to recently?

I have been doing the grunt work of launching a startup marketplace in the space of employment training.

Surya taking part in a delegate recommendation group at CAUSINDY 2014 in Jakarta.
Surya taking part in a delegate recommendation group at CAUSINDY 2014 in Jakarta.

Did CAUSINDY help you form new networks and relationships?

Absolutely, I encountered some really bright and progressive minds from Australia and Indonesia last year at the conference. Since then, I have become really good friends with some of the candidates. The extended networks of CAUSINDY family that I got to encounter in the past year has also allowed me to expand my knowledge outside my usual area of interest.

What is your advice for new applicants?

Apply now or you will miss out.

How did participating in CAUSINDY benefit you?

I learned a lot of new things during the conference last year, and I have been learning new things almost everyday from interacting with other delegates through our online group ever since.

CAUSINDY is here to allow tough conversation to be had by youths with future stakes in Australia-Indonesia relationship – so that the future children of Australia and Indonesia can simply focus on important things that actually matter and do great things hand in hand.

Does the Australia-Indonesia relationship have a bright future?

Not if the old guards at the top and their philosophy are allowed to stay. Youths of Australia and Indonesia should work together cohesively, takeover the wheel from the current guards and steer the relationship towards mutually beneficial and mutually respectful direction – the sooner the better.

Makassar to Darwin: Going back to the beginning

CAUSINDY is going back to where it all began…

Over the last two years, the future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship has been a recurring theme for CAUSINDY – but it’s not often that we reflect on where it all started.

This year, CAUSINDY’s theme is Going Back to the Beginning: From Indigenous Trade to Modern Day.

Working with our hosting sponsor, the Northern Territory Government, and conference partner the Consul of Indonesia, we’re excited to announce that CAUSINDY 2015 will take place this September in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory.

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Australians and Indonesians have been in contact for hundreds of years, with first contact between Makassarese and indigenous Australians placed somewhere around the 17th or 18th century.

This year, we’ll be discussing indigenous Australia’s long history with Indonesia — as well as the state of the relationship today, after a turbulent start to the year. But it’s not all history: we’ll also talk about new opportunities, from agriculture to technology and renewable energy.

CAUSINDY is also pleased to announce that Consul of Indonesia in Darwin, Andre Omer Siregar, will host an intimate dinner for delegates at his residence during the conference.

This year is your opportunity to join this conversation: applications to become a delegate are now open.

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