A University of New England delegation, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan, has visited Indonesia to discuss opportunities for collaboration with Indonesian educational institutions and to attend a UNE alumni event.
On 12th November, Professor Duncan as well as Dr Philip Thomas met with Professor Dr Ali Ghufron Mukti, Director-General at the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, to discuss opportunities for collaboration.
On 13th November, the Australian Embassy, Jakarta, hosted a UNE alumni gathering. The audience included members of the IndoBeef research team, and was welcomed by Mr Allaster Cox, Deputy Head of Mission.
Professor Dahlanuddin, UNE alumnus, Professor in the Faculty of Animal Science at the University of Mataram, and senior member of the IndoBeef research team, gave a detailed presentation to the audience on the IndoBeef program.
Professor Duncan and Dr Thomas summarised UNE’s research priorities and emphasised their relevance to areas of importance for Indonesia, particularly in application of research outcomes to benefit communities. The cohort of Indonesian students currently completing PhD.I research at UNE provide an example of UNE’s growing links to Indonesia.
Following this event, Professor Duncan, Dr Thomas and Ms Suli Hakim Dalle, UNE’s Business Manager in Indonesia, met with academic staff from Bogor Agricultural University and Gadjah Mada University to discuss opportunities to expand postgraduate study opportunities as well as other areas of potential collaboration. While at UGM, Dr Thomas delivered an invited lecture to staff and students on research opportunities for Indonesian candidates at UNE.
IndoBeef and UNE’s PhD.I program have provided a foundation for collaboration with these Indonesian institutions to grow further, and researchers from both institutions as well as the University of Mataram are already making important contributions to IndoBeef through their PhD.I project research.