Issue 19
Monday, 06 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Chancellor Mr Neil Balnaves AO (right) presents the Doctor of Economics honoris causa to the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono AC
CDU Chancellor Mr Neil Balnaves AO (right) presents the Doctor of Economics honoris causa to the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono AC

CDU honours 6th President of Indonesia

By Robyn McDougall

The Charles Darwin University Council has honoured the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia for his service to his country, to democracy and to developing harmonious relations with Australia, particularly Northern Australia.

Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono AC received a Doctor of Economics honoris causa during a special ceremony on Casuarina campus led by the CDU Chancellor, Mr Neil Balnaves AO.

Dr Yudhoyono was President of Indonesia from 2004 to 2014 during which time he oversaw the acceleration of the country’s economic growth while addressing corruption and terrorism, and strengthening human rights.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks read the citation outlining Dr Yudhoyono’s challenges and accomplishments.

“He faced many challenges including the aftermath of the greatest natural disaster to befall Indonesia in more than a century, when the Boxing Day tsunami struck in 2004 killing more than 130,000 people,” Professor Maddocks said.

Despite that disaster and the 2008 global financial crisis, Dr Yudhoyono achieved significant improvements to Indonesia’s economy.

“During his two terms as President, his government’s policies resulted in Indonesia experiencing high economic growth, second only to China, an almost 400 per cent increase in annual income and a 17 per cent decline in poverty,” Professor Maddocks said.

After a career in the military, which included serving as Indonesia’s Chief Military Observer on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Yudhoyono entered politics.

“In 2000, he became the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs, where he worked to separate the Indonesian Army from politics in line with his reformist ideas on the future of the Indonesian military as primarily a defence force,” Professor Maddocks said.

“While he was a Minister under President Megawati, Dr Yudhoyono oversaw the search for and arrest of those responsible for the October 2002 Bali bombing. It was at this time that he gained a reputation in Indonesia and internationally as a serious supporter of the War on Terrorism.”

Dr Yudhoyono holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in the US, and a PhD in Economics from Indonesia’s Bogor Agricultural University.