UNE has been engaged with a variety of institutions and in a range of partnerships in Indonesia over many years. Over the last 5 years, this relationship has become more prominent as a result of UNE’s leadership of the IndoBeef research program. Engagement with Indonesia is important to UNE, and the university is committed to developing long-term mutually beneficial relationships.
Through IndoBeef, UNE has offered higher degree research to a number of candidates who come from Indonesian universities that have a strong agriculture focus. These candidates are now completing projects that will make an important contribution to IndoBeef program objectives, and at the same time help to build the research capacity of partner universities.
Acknowledging the activities and strengths of the IndoBeef projects, the ‘Partner and Collaborate’ event exemplified the opportunities that UNE can offer to Indonesian partners in teaching, research and research supervision, academic exchange, and short-course training opportunities. Eight Indonesian universities were represented at the event.
Presentations on UNE’s capacity and engagement in Indonesia were given by Professor Annabelle Duncan (Vice-Chancellor); Professor Heiko Daniel (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research); and Professor Mingan Choct (Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations). Dr Philip Thomas (UNE Higher Degree Coordinator) facilitated a discussion on research, higher degree opportunities and academic exchange.
Key areas of focus and collaboration identified included: higher degree opportunities; English language training; precision agriculture, agricultural production, agricultural economics and natural resource management; and health and human resources. These areas will be the focus of the partnership activities of this consortium.
Current UNE postgraduate candidates Ms Febri Ariyanti and Mr Fahrul Irawan presented on their positive experiences at UNE, their research projects, and how these will contribute to IndoBeef and improved beef production in Indonesia.
Dr Peter Horne (ACIAR) provided an overview of current ACIAR activities in Indonesia, including IndoBeef, while Professor Dahlanuddin (University of Mataram) presented his collaborative research in beef production with UNE and Massey University.
Professor Ali Ghufron Mukti (Director General, DG-RSTHE) presented on collaborative opportunities.
Following the presentations, two signing ceremonies took place:
A Memorandum of Agreement between DG-RSTHE and UNE.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the university of Bengkulu and UNE to foster collaborative activities, with the University of Bengkulu represented by Vice-Rector Dr Ardilafiza.
The event will contribute to an ongoing positive narrative between UNE and its Indonesian partners, with the goal of building a larger positive relationship into the future.