University of Melbourne Magazine

Strengthening relationships in India and Indonesia

  • The University has recently launched two five-year international strategies to build closer relationships with India and Indonesia.

    Engaging with India (2020–2024) and Engaging with Indonesia (2020–2024) reflect on strong existing relationships with both nations and outline further commitments to building a shared future.

    Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell said the launch of the new India strategy would “strengthen our longstanding ties and accelerate collaborations with our Indian partners to address shared social and scientific global challenges”.

    Similarly, the strategy in Indonesia aims to strengthen existing partnerships.

    “Our academics are working with Indonesian scholars on research with an impact on the priorities and needs of Indonesian development and on the regional challenges that Indonesians and Australians share,” Professor Maskell said.

    Both strategies, launched in August 2019, have been welcomed by Australian representatives in each country — Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner to India, and Gary Quinlan, Ambassador to Indonesia. The University has developed engagement plans for three key countries in the region: India, Indonesia and China. Engaging with China (2020–2024) is due in 2020.