Indonesian governance debated at UC forum

Indonesian governance debated at UC forum

Alison Dance

4 June 2012: The University of Canberra Indonesian Students Society (UCISS) is exploring current issues in both Indonesian and Australian governance as part of their studies.

The society hosts a monthly forum called Forum Indonesia that aims to provide opportunities to share knowledge and connect students and practitioners who are interested in Indonesia, its partnership with Australia, and governance.

The forum was developed to accommodate the growing number of Indonesian research and PhD students at the University of Canberra.


L-R: Risa Bhinekawati (ANU PhD candidate, moderator), speakers (UC PhD candidates): Meliyanti Meliyanti,Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture; Adi Budiarso,Indonesian Ministry of Finance; Damien West, Australian Public Service Commission.

Adi Budiarso, a doctoral candidate in Business and Government at the University, and a key organizer of the seminars, believes the forum provides an opportunity for networking and for staff and students to discuss a range of issues.

“The UC Forum Indonesia is designed as a networking forum for gathering talents from Indonesia and Australia to discuss and disseminate concerns about their studies regarding Indonesia,” he said.

The forum is supported by the University’s Faculty of Business, Government and Law along with the Indonesian Embassy.

The speakers at these seminars are mainly students researching Indonesia but also extend to faculty members of Australian universities and professionals from both Indonesia and Australia.

Since January, the society has hosted five seminars, including the seminar “Public Sector Reform Indonesia and Australia”, held in April.

Mr Budiarso said this particular seminar was important since it responds to an increased student interest in the slow progress of the Indonesian bureaucratic reform.

“This is a topic that is getting more important in line with growing numbers of Indonesian doctorate students who study public sector reform and governance,” he said.

The seminar discussed the need for committed and strategic leaders in the reform to establish a national vision, to encourage the Indonesian people and systems to work together and to improve public service delivery.

This seminar was followed by the one entitled “Ethic Management and Reducing Corruption in the Public Sector: Indonesia and Australia”, held at the end of May.

During this cross-discipline seminar, the speakers discussed the needs of ethic management in the Indonesian public service as a means to avoid corruption in the system.

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