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Events showcase engagement with neighbours

By Leanne Coleman

Indonesian PhD candidate Ibu Frederika Rambu Ngana at CDU’s engagement event Indonesian PhD candidate Ibu Frederika Rambu Ngana at CDU’s engagement event

The first in a series of events held annually to showcase Charles Darwin University’s engagement with its northern neighbours has kicked off, with more to follow this month.

The CDU Engagement with Indonesia event provided an insight into collaborative projects in arts, environmental sciences, as well as student exchanges and future opportunities.

Indonesian PhD candidate Ibu Frederika Rambu Ngana spoke about scenario modelling to assist planning for infrastructure development in eastern Indonesia.

CDU Research Officer Rohan Fisher spoke about research into artisanal and small scale mining for development, and SMS tools for health monitoring and surveillance in the region.

Coordinator and Lecturer of Indonesian, Mr Nathan Franklin together with CDU student James Turner provided information about the Bahasa Indonesia In-country programs, while Lecturer in Visual Arts Sarah Pirrie provided information about the Visual Arts Exchange: School of Creative Arts and Humanities and the Jakarta Artists’ Collective, Ruangrupa.

Several other speakers including Associate Head, Teaching and Learning Environmental Science Dr Penny Wurm and Law Lecturer Jeswynn Yogaratnam also presented at the event. Mr Yogaratnam spoke on the New Colombo Plan Pilot Program: Short-term study programs in Law in Indonesia.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks commended CDU staff and students for the quality and value of their engagement in Indonesia. Visiting Indonesian Consul Pak Ade Sarwono also reinforced the Consulate’s commitment to support CDU in its activities abroad.

Two events showcasing CDU’s engagement with Timor-Leste and China will be held this month.

The CDU Engagement with Timor-Leste event will be held Tuesday, 12 August, followed by the CDU Engagement with China event on Tuesday, 26 August. Both events will be held from 4.30pm – 6.30pm in ACIKE Building Blue 2A, Level 1, Room 1.01.