Today, the CAUSINDY team are excited to announce the thirty delegates who will be joining us for our third conference in Darwin this year.
The Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association or AIYA, with our hosting sponsor Northern Territory Government and our other sponsors Australia Awards, Australia National University, RMIT, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
This year’s delegate group is one of our most diverse yet, bringing together young leaders in fields from law, communications and journalism to academia and public policy. The number and depth of applications this year was larger than ever.
In 2015, delegates will be directly engaging with the history of the relationship, under the theme Going Back to the Beginning: From Indigenous Trade to Modern Day. The conference program will include panel discussions, social and networking events around Darwin.
Stay tuned for more news on public events this September!
The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university and member of the prestigious Group of Eight. With over 250 academics working on and in Southeast Asia, SSEAC has one of the highest concentrations of regional expertise in the world.
As Australia’s premier centre of interdisciplinary academic excellence on Southeast Asia, SSEAC forges an innovative and engaged approach to the region that reflects its rich diversity and challenging problems, an outlook which CAUSINDY shares when it comes to the relationship between Australia and Indonesia.
We thank the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney for their Sponsorship and look forward to working together for what promises to be a great Conference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
CAUSINDY 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.
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.
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
A 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.