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Dinner with The University of Adelaide and Bogor Agricultural University

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On December 4th, 2014, a networking dinner between the University of Adelaide and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) was held at the IPB International Convention Centre, Bogor, Indonesia. This event aimed to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration between University of Adelaide and IPB. This dinner also provides opportunity for new Indonesian students at the University of Adelaide to network with fellow students studying in IPB and University of Adelaide.

The event was attended by the IPB official staffs and faculty members, such as Prof. Anas Miftah Fauzi ( vice rector for research and cooperation), Prof. Dr. Ir. Yonny Koesmaryono, MS (Vice Rector For Academic And Student Affairs), Prof. Dr. Ir. Nastiti Siswi Indrasti, MSi (Head of Agroindustrial Technology Department), Dr. Nunung Nuryartono (Director of International Centre for Applied Finance and Economics (InterCAFE)); University of Adelaide official staff and faculty members, including Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto (Associate Professor at School of Architecture & Built Environment), Dr. Elisa Palazzo (Senior Lecturer at School of Architecture & Built Environment), Nicole Rizzo-Gray (Partnership and Student Support Officer); Students of double degree program IPB – University of Adelaide, and some alumni of University of Adelaide.


Prof. Anas M. Fauzi in his welcome speech stated that IPB and UoA have agreed on a long-run collaboration framework by promoting double-degree programs, research collaboration and joint publications between researchers in University of Adelaide and IPB. IPB and Faculty of Profession University of Adelaide have set up & organized double degree program for Master of Applied Economics and Master of Applied Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Both programs have been implemented and still ongoing, involving students from the Ministry of Trade officers and Ministry of Industry officers. Prof. Anas also notified that IPB and UoA offer the Executive Programs with duration 2 weeks – 2 months for government officers to improve their competencies by taking short courses & comparative study in Adelaide.

Chrisia Iskandar, In-country Representative of University of Adelaide for Indonesia, highlighted the importance of mutual cooperation between these two leading higher education Institutions. According to Chrisia, University of Adelaide wishes to enhance the collaboration with IPB beyond the Faculty of Professions. Currently, the two parties are preparingto set up the double degree program between the Faculty of Animal Science (IPB) and School Animal and Veterinary Sciences (UoA); and double degree program between Department of Landscape Architecture (IPB) and School of Architecture & Built Environment (UoA).

The academic collaboration and cooperation between IPB and UoA is indeed a positive contribution to the relationship between the two countries, Indonesia and Australia.


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Jokowi plans to set up a new Ministry of Research and Higher Education

President elect Joko Widodo recently spoke to the media about his plan to merge Research and Development (R&D) agencies in differing ministries into a new Ministry of Research and Higher Education (Link: Vivanews 16 September 2014).

His reason is clear- that is to improve efficiency, transparency and research impacts’ ‘measurability’.

He explained that at the moment each of these current R&D agencies have their own budgets but unfortunately their research findings have not been integrated and made transparent to public.

Jokowi therefore viewed that it is important to set up a new Ministry of Research and Higher Education which will not only improve the cost-effectiveness of research budgets but also make research more transparent and credible.

He emphasised that research impacts must be ‘measurable’.

This plan signals some challenges as well as opportunities. Whilst mergers will help Indonesia achieve economies of scale in R&D, the newly set-up Ministry is challenged to perform efficiently managing concentrated-budget and define and develop relationships with other stakeholders including universities and the existing Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) as well as wider research communities.

Also important is to make the research projects being conducted transparent and credible. This is a very positive initiative and crucial but the devil is in the detail. What would be the criteria of transparency and quality of research?; who would assess the criteria?; do we have a strategic pathway which consists of short-term as well as long-term programs and objectives so that we achieve our goals; what is our goal?; etc.

To address those issues, mergers might be one of the starting points but longer-term planning and capacity building programs should remain two of the focus programs.

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IPB and University of Adelaide ‘Sister Trip’: Knowledge of livestock production and friendships


Five Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) students recently became the guests of the University of Adelaide. This was part of the ‘sister trip’ program where University of Adelaide students have also made a similar trip to Bogor, Indonesia. This program is a result of longer-term relationships between University of Adelaide and IPB. The University of Adelaide students made it first visit to IPB in 2012 led by Associate Professor Wayne Pitchford.


In December 2014, Associate Professor Wayne Pitchford is planning to take 25 students of University of Adelaide, who are final year Agricultural Science, Animal Science or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.  The funding will come from the government’s New Colombo Plan. Prof Pitchford has also opened this opportunity up to a small number of students from other Universities.  All students must have demonstrated a significant commitment to our livestock industries by being involved in extracurricular activities like the recent meat judging competition.


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*Photographs by Mandi Carr


Prof Pitchford viewed that the best aspects of this program are twofold. First is an understanding of livestock production systems in another country. Second is the building of relationships between students in Indonesia and Australia.  The sister trip has been tremendous at cementing those relationships as all students will meet each other twice (both in Australia and Indonesia).  Many of the students remain in contact by Facebook and Twitter.


This is an excellent example of how both countries continue to develop their people-to-people relationships, that during ‘difficult times’ remain strong.


To read more about their story, please visit: 

The Australian (9 July 2014), Taking Stock of Aussie methods

Stock Journal (17 July 2014): Indo students get a taste of Australia

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IRD2014, SA-based Indonesian researchers’ contribution to policy discussions

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GoLive Indonesia and Indonesian Student Association South Australia chapter (PPIA-SA) co-organised the 2014 Indonesian Research Day on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. The event was attended by more than 50 participants from three universities in South Australia, namely the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University.

Professor Christopher Findlay, Dean of Faculty of Professions at University of Adelaide, in his keynote speech on the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationships reinforced three principles needed to improve bilateral relationships between the two countries, namely economic integration, ‘no-surprise’ policy and consultations and respect.

The President of PPIA-SA, Mr Dias Satria, also a PhD candidate at University of Adelaide, expressed his confidence that with the support from various organisations in SA this event will be held annually.

For GoLive Indonesia, this is the third event that the project has co-organised following succesful PhD conference in Canberra  partnering with Indonesia Synergy in November 2013 and early career researcher conference at Bogor Agricultural University in March 2014 collaborating with InterCafe.

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INDOFest 2014, stimulating people-to-people connections



On Sunday, 13 April 2014 the South Australia Indonesian community has once again successfully organised INDOFest, an annual family day event. Hundreds of South Australians attended the event making it one of the biggest cultural community events in Adelaide and the biggest Indonesian festival in Australia. In 2008, INDOFest was co-founded by the Australian Indonesian Association of South Australia (AIA-SA) with the Indonesian Honorary Consul in SA. INDOFest presented a wide range of activities, from workshops, information and retails stalls to cooking demonstrations and kids activities and food and drink stalls. Art performances including gamelan, angklung and traditional dances have always been a hit. It was a really great family event!

INDOFest demonstrates a great way to improve people-to-people connections by introducing Indonesian art and culture to wider communities. Also aiming at encouraging the study of Indonesian language and educational links with Indonesia, INDOFest provides a good opportunity for showcasing ‘the best of Indonesia’. Several government institutions such as Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ministry for Education and Culture, Province of North Sulawesi (Cultural and Tourism agency) took part in the 2014 INDOFest inviting SA communities to not only study but also visit and build connections with Indonesia through trade, commercial business, tourism and even sports.

In the midst of challenging time faced by Australia and Indonesia, events like INDOFest which could improve people-to-people connections would remind both countries that opportunities for working together existed, still exist and will always exist.

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Socioeconomic inequality in Indonesian children’s cognitive function: From a decomposition analysis to a marginal structural model

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Measuring social inequalities in health is common, however, research examining inequalities in child cognitive function is more limited. Amelia Maika‘s research investigated household expenditure inequality in children’s cognitive function in Indonesia in 2000 and 2007, the contributors to inequality in both time periods, and changes in the contributors to cognitive function inequalities between the periods.

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School Leadership: Exploring the Influence of Context and Individual Characteristics on Leadership Skills

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Purni Susanto, School of Education, Flinders University

We all have heard statements such as, “He is born to be a leader” or “She is a natural leader”.

The trait perspective of leader suggests that certain individuals have special innate or inborn characteristics or qualities that make them a leader (Northouse, 2010). Some of the qualities were even set physical appearance (e.g. height) as the quality of leaders (Northouse, 2010). It was believed that people were born with great personality, and that only these great people can possess it.

People think that leadership is something that born and given by the God. To the most extreme, they believe that leaders are the God’s incarnation and therefore they behave more like God. Leaders have been specifically selected by the nature and sent to the world to rule on behalf of the Him. As selected figures, leaders have extraordinary characteristics and behaviour which distinguish them from the average people. So, leaders have outstanding personal qualities which according to Daft (2008, p.8) are hard to see but are very powerful. “These include things like enthusiasm, integrity, courage and humility.” This trait approach suggests that leadership is only for special, usually inborn, talent people (Northouse, 2010). 

However, some others contend that leadership skills can be learned and developed. Based on this opinion, everyone has a chance to be a leader as long as he or she is persistent, hardworking and self-determinant.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born, leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work” (as cited in Lussier & Achua, 2010, p. 9).

This article will examine the importance of context as well as individual characteristics on leadership skills at school context. It argues that leadership skills are shaped as the result of the combination of personal capacities and the enhancement of situation. First, this essay will analyse the importance of personal characteristics in shaping the leadership personality. The importance of situation in creating leaders will be explored afterwards. Next, the contribution of both personal characteristics and cultural context (situation) will be discussed.         

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