Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

Showcasing a decade of commitment to Indonesia

By Leanne Coleman

Charles Darwin University researchers recently showcased more than a decade of engagement with Indonesia to build local capacity and improve natural resource management.

The event hosted by CDU's Office of International Services, included presentations from just a few of the innovative and multidisciplinary research teams aiming to solve real-world problems within the region.

CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sharon Bell welcomed guests highlighting the special relationship CDU had built with its close neighbours of Indonesia, Timor-Leste and China.

"Our geographical position at the top of Australia, has allowed us to share knowledge and research with our neighbours in Indonesia building important relationships over the past decade."

The event showcased CDU research projects in community development, natural resource management, consultancy, higher education and postgraduate research training in Indonesia.

"This event has provided a glimpse into the many collaborative projects that have increased local capacity through skill building to improve resource management and livelihoods, alongside building Higher Education research collaborations with Indonesian universities."

This was the first in a series of events showcasing CDU's partnerships and collaborative research within the South-east Asian region. The next event will detail CDU staff and student engagement with Timor-Leste on Thursday, 17 May.