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Memaknai Masa Awal di Adelaide by Nurul Ikhsan

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Setiap langkah yang saya lalui dalam hidup tentu akan selalu memiliki makna penting tersendiri, tak terkecuali kebermaknaan dalam keberangkatan saya pada akhirnya bulan Februari 2017 ke South Australia (SA), Adelaide, sampai saat ini. Bulan tersebut menjadi lembaran awal saya untuk menempuh Magister of Education pada The University of Adelaide (UofA) sampai dua tahun ke depan. Lewat tulisan ini, saya ingin berbagi kepada para membaca sekalian, beberapa catatan berharga dalam memaknai sepak terjang saya selama masa awal perkuliahan, baik yang berkaitan dengan aktivitas perkuliahan dan yang menyertainya.

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Rasa Terimakasih
Berterimakasih kepada Allah SWT adalah hal utama yang patut selalu saya jaga dan lakukan secara berkelanjutan. Tindakan inilah yang sering disebut sebagai rasa syukur. Saya merasa bahwa kemudahan yang saya dapatkan selama ini, dari mulai memasang mimpi kuliah di kampus yang punya reputasi tinggi, mengejarnya, dan menjaganya, tidak lepas dari intervensi Tuhan. Maka dari itu, saya selalu berusaha agar terus bersyukur untuk setiap pencapaian-pencapaian kecil yang telah diraih. Cara ini yang membuat saya tetap tegar di kala menghadapi tantangan hidup, semisal kegagalan dalam melamar beberapa beasiswa.

Selanjutnya, patut saya berterimakasih kepada negara Indonesia, lewat Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP), Kementerian Keuangan, yang telah mendanai proses perkuliahan dan biaya hidup selama masa studi. Tentu sangat banyak yang telah saya dapatkan dari republik tercinta, bahkan jauh-jauh hari sebelum keberangkatan, saya telah mendapatkan Pengayaan Bahasa, tepatnya IELTS selama enam bulan. Lebih jauh lagi, saya telah lahir, makan dan minum dari bumi Indonesia.

Selain ucapan apresiasi bagi kedua orang tua (Saleh dan Madun), para guru, dan tak kalah pentingnya adalah rasa bangga saya bagi 116 teman yang luar biasa dalam kegiatan Persiapan Keberangkatan (PK-102) “Gema Arunika” di Wisma Hijau, Depok. Kesemuanya adalah bagian sumber semangat saya yang selalu akan menemani perjalan saya ke depan. Arunikers, thanks!

Manajemen Waktu
Pokok penting yang kedua, yaitu tentang manajemen waktu. Pada hari pertama saya sampai di Anzac Highway, Kurralta Park, tempat tinggal selama di SA, saya langsung menghitung berapa lama perjalanan yang dibutuhkan menuju kampus di North Terrace. Berdasarkan survei, saya menghabiskan waktu selama kurang lebih 30 menit perjalanan, dari mulai naik bis ditambah beberapa menit jalan kaki. Demi menjaga kemungkinan terlambat datang, saya pun memutuskan agar menyisihkan satu jam perjalanan. Semisal saya akan akan kuliah jam 8 a.m., saya pun sudah mulai berangkat jam 7 a.m. dari tempat saya tinggal, Unit 65 / 133. Bahkan saya biasa memilih tidak mandi sebelum kuliah jika dirasa akan membuat saya terlambat ke kampus. Karena saya biasa lebih memilih menyiapkan barang-barang yang akan saya bawa, berkas-berkas bahan pelajaran dan bekal makanan; roti, buah dan minuman.

Di samping itu, saya juga mengatur waktu dengan sangat cermat untuk penyelesaian tugas (assignment). Bukan hanya karena dosen di kampus tidak akan mentolerir keterlambatan tugas, saya memang selalu berusaha menyelesaikan tugas secepat mungkin, bahkan jika dosen memberikan waktu empat hari untuk mengerjakan, saya biasa menyelesaikan di hari yang sama saat malam hari. Tentu saja biasanya saya harus mengurangi waktu tidur. Salah satu contoh, kemarin malam saya hanya tidur empat jam demi menyelesaikan tugas, malam ini pun demi menyelesaikan tugas kampus dan tulisan ini, saya tidur tiga jam. Tidur jam 1 a.m., bangun jam 4 a.m.

Demi mendukung agar selalu tepat waktu, saya sengaja membeli gadget baru yang sekaligus ada paket internetnya. Saya menginstal aplikasi TripMate Adelaide Lite, yang berfungsi melihat jadwal kedatangan bis yang akan saya tumpangi ke kampus, aplikasi UA Student yang bisa membantu saya menunjukkan jadwal kuliah setiap harinya dengan detail, Stopwatch and Timer yang berfungsi untuk mengatur ketepatan waktu saya dalam melakukan persentasi, cara ini saya dapatkan ketika melihat persentasi TEDx yang sangat menjunjung tinggi ketepatan waktu. Dua hal lain yang saya lakukan adalah membeli papan besar yang saya taruh di kamar dengan menempelkan kertas kerta-kerta yang berisi nama tugas beserta timelinenya dan setiap saat melihat Calender di MyUni di mobile phone.

Kesungguhan
Sadar bahwa dibiayai dengan uang negara, saya pun memasang niat dari awal agar segala yang saya lakukan dibarengi dengan kesungguhan. Di samping ingin mendapatkan target nilai high distinction, saya melaksanakan tanggung jawab agar belajar dengan penuh rasa tanggung jawab. Dua prinsip yang saya pegang dari LPDP, datang hanya untuk belajar dan bersosial, yang selanjutnya saya tambahkan juga, untuk beribadah. Tantangan terbesar saya dalam menyelesaikan individual assignment dan group assignment adalah mengurangi waktu istirahat. Saya membayangkan aktivitas kuliah di sini adalah kelanjutan kegiatan PK. Patut saya berterimakasih kepada PIC PK, Muhammad Kamiluddin yang mengajarkan pentingnya melawan rasa kantuk. Saat  sampai di Adelaide, saya pasang rumus, jika saya bisa tidur dua jam sehari semalam saat PK, maka saya pun bisa ketika di sini.

Saya sadar bahwa meskipun saya terbilang datang terlambat ke Adelaide, tidak ada alasan untuk tidak sungguh-sungguh dalam semua hal. Bagi saya, kesempatan kuliah di Adelaide adalah anugerah yang luar biasa dari Allah. Di mana saya sudah menyiapkan lebih dari satu tahun belajar bahasa Inggris, menggunakan semua tabungan uang demi mengikuti beberapa tes IELTS, sampai-sampai motor saya pun dijual. Saya berusaha dengan totalitas. “Hidup hanya sekali, hiduplah dengan totalitas”, itulah mungkin motto yang sangat cocok buat saya. Saya biasa mengajak ketemu teman satu kelompok untuk menyelesaikan tugas kelompok, bertanya ke teman untuk jika kurang yakin dengan penjelasan dosen dan biasa bermalam-malam untuk baca jurnal dan menyelesaikan tugas online assignment.

Persaudaraan
Persaudaraan menjadi kata kunci penting lain yang tidak akan pernah lepas dari perjalanan saya selama ini. Saat pertama kali sampai di bandara yang ada di Adelaide, langsung dijemput oleh Mas Romi dan kemudian ditawari tempat tinggal oleh Mas Khusaini. Mas Khusaini pun yang kemudian di hari pertama sampainya saya di Adelaide, memberikan banyak bantuan; membantu dalam pengurusan kartu pelajar, metro card, membuka rekening di bank, mengurus enrollment, sampai kepada urusan memasak dan berbelanja kebutuhan sehari-hari. Ada pula mas Edy Purwanto yang bisa menemani perjalanan dan sharing bareng. Banyak sekali pelajaran yang saya dapatkan di masa-masa awal. Saya menanggapnya hal itu saya dapatkan dari jalinan persaudaraan.

Di samping itu, saya berusaha menjalin banyak persaudaraan yang sekaligus sebagai tempat belajar saya. Teman-teman dari Indonesia, baik dari kalangan penerima beasiswa LPDP dan AAS, mahasiswa internasional dari berbagai negara, dan empat dosen yang mengampu mata kuliah Research Design (Edward Palmer), Curriculum Development and Innovatin (Lynda Macleod), Educational Policy Studies (Joy de Leo) dan Reseach Communication (Robyn Groves). Keempat dosen ini yang telah mengajarkan saya dengan metode belajar flipped classroom. Sebuah metode pembelajaran dimana sebelum perkuliahan berlajangsung, sudah dipersiapkan dulu materi dan pemahaman lewat online learning. Sehingga ketika sudah sampai di ruang kelas, saya pun sudah memahami pelajaran yang akan dibahas baik pada kegiatan lecturing dan tutorial.

Semangat
Semangat adalah kata yang seringkali muncul dalam memori saya. Saya selalu berbisik kepada diri sendiri, jika saya ingin semangat terus sampai dua tahun ke depan, saya harus semangat terus dari awal. Mirip perkataan, jika kamu memulai dengan senyum di pagi hari, maka seluruh harimu akan dipenuhi dengan senyuman. Apabila memulai persentasi dengan penuh percaya diri, maka seluruh rangkaian persentasi akan dihiasi rasa percaya diri. Langkah-langkah kecil yang saya lakukan dalam rangka merawat semangat adalah menuliskan goal besar ke depan dan kata-kata semangat di atas kertas, yang keduanya ditempel di dinding kamar, mendengarkan dan menonton sharing inspiratif TEDx lewat youtube, membuat target harian, dan mendengarkan lagu-lagu menarik semisal dari Coldplay “A Sky Full of Stars”, atau best remixes 2017 untuk mengusir rasa kantuk, dan tentu saja memohon semangat dari Allah yang dibarengi permintaan dukungan dari kedua orang tua.

Itulah beberapa pelajaran yang bisa saya sharing kepada para pembaca sekalian. Dengan harapan bisa ada hikmah di baliknya. Sebagai pemuda Indonesia, saya memiliki tugas agar bisa menyebarkan hal-hal positif dan kebaikan. Salah satunya dengan berbagi lewat tulisan. Bagi pembaca sekalian, jika Anda adalah pemuda Indonesia, mari berbagilah, bisa lewat tulisan dan hal lain, karena saya yakin, satu kebaikan akan mengantarkan kepada kebaikan yang lain. Kebaikan tidak untuk disimpan dalam diri, tapi untuk inspirasikan. Satu pemuda adalah inspirator pada pemuda yang lainnnya, bahkan mungkin kepada yang lebih muda atau pun lebih tua. Saat ini Indonesia butuh pemuda-pemuda yang bisa melihat dari sudut pandang yang positif, menebar optimisme, dan berani berbagi.

Salam kebermaknaan,

M Nurul Ikhsan Saleh

Awardee LPDP PK 102

M Nurul Ikhsan Saleh is one of GoLive Indonesia enthusiasts, a student in The University of Adelaide funded by LPDP.

This post is originally posted in LPDP South Australia’s website. Reblogged with permission via Memaknai Masa Awal di Adelaide – LPDP South Australia

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Australian Ambassador to Indonesia greets Australia Awards Awardee in Adelaide

H.E. Mr. Paul Grigson was in Adelaide, Monday 25 July 2016, for an informal morning tea with the New Colombo Plan Alumni and Indonesian Australia Awards students around South Australia. The event was held at the Flinders University City Campus with opening remarks given by Mr. Sebastian Raneskold, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Flinders University. Australia is the number 1 country destination for Indonesian students to study abroad and the numbers are on the rise.

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Australian Ambassador to Indonesia – Mr. Paul Grigson

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Mr. Paul Grigson and Mr. Sebastian Raneskold

Australia Awards Awardees from three South Australian universities attended the morning tea, providing the event with a good insight on the landscape of Indonesian students and also Australian exchange students in Adelaide.

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Flinders University Australia Awards students with Mr. Paul Grigson

In addition to that, some of the Indonesian students representing Kajian Islam Adelaide (KIA) presented Mr. Paul with picture of KIA’s activities. KIA is one of the many organisations supported by the Indonesian students that aims to promote peace and mutual understanding between Indonesian and Australian communities.

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Maulana and Suryo, representing KIA, handing out photo of KIA’s activity in Adelaide to Mr. Paul Grigson

GoLive Indonesia also took this opportunity to elaborate on the 3rd Indonesia Research Day – 12 August 2016, which highlights on-going research on Indonesia and presented Mr. Paul Grigson with a GoLive Indonesia official Polo shirt. Looking forward to pursuing collaborative effort in promoting discussions about Indonesia-Australia relations.

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GoLive Indonesia Project Coordinator, Gracia Girsang, handing out GoLive official Polo shirt to Mr. Paul Grigson.

 

 

 

 

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources to host a new scholarship to research food trade between South Australia and Indonesia

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South Australia is offering a research scholarship to an Indonesian student to undertake a higher degree at the University of Adelaide and our new Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) will host the scholarship recipient.

The scholarship focuses on food production systems and value chains between South Australia and Indonesia. The successful student will be selected in a competitive process from Bogor Agricultural University, and will commence work with GFAR in 2017.

Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, who announced the scholarship earlier this week, says, ‘The scholarship builds on the strong relationship between our two leading research institutions and offers opportunities for growth in the food trade between South Australia and Indonesia.’ There is particular interest to work with the Indonesian government on prospective trade of tropical fruit and vegetables from Indonesia to South Australia.

We are also keen to build a value chain and to work with partners in Indonesia on two-way flow of investment between our economies to complement our trade relationship. This scholarship will support this work so we can better understand how the food value chains connect our two regions.Martin Hamilton-Smith, Trade and Investment Minister.

Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide, very much welcomes the Minister’s support for this project and for the work of our new Centre for Global Food and Resources.

I look forward to working with government and business in South Australia to share our work on connecting food value chains in our region.Professor Christopher Findlay

Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) is officially launched today

For more information about study at GFAR: please visit this homepage.

*This post was prepared by Dr Lenka Malek, a Postdoctoral Fellow at GFAR. It was originally posted at GFAR website.

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Rida Akzar on Sharing with Adelaide Local Community

One of Golive Indonesia enthusiast, Rida Akzar, was invited to Rosefield Local Community (RLC) monthly event “Men’s breakfast” in Adelaide on Tuesday May 10th 2016. Rida was there to present his current master research project on “Innovations Adoption of Indonesian Dairy Farmers”. RLC manages this breakfast on every second Tuesday of the month. RLC regularly invites students or researchers to present their research or interest on various topics. Rida was invited by Mr Brian Jefferies, member of RLC, whom he met from Adelaide University’s program that links international student with local family, Experience Adelaide.

This time around, the event was attended by around 20 people from different occupation and backgrounds, such as scientists, doctors, lecturer, environmentalist, dairy farmers etc. After enjoying breakfast together, the discussion went on for about forty minutes consisting of presentation and discussion time. Prior to Rida’s presentation, Mr Rob Rodenburg, RLC’s coordinator asked Rida to elaborate more on Indonesia. He acknowledges that Indonesia-Australia are neighbors but not many is understood about Indonesia so far. Indeed, Rida’s research topic provides a great opportunity to get to know more about Indonesian dairy farm industry.

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Rida Akzar presenting at RLC Men’s Breakfast

Rida started his presentation with a quote from Brenda Schoepp that says “My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, a policeman, but everyday, three times a day we need a farmer”. The room was lit up with smiles showing anticipation towards the presentation. The presentation began with elaborating the concept of innovation adoption in agricultural sector in developing countries. Rida puts emphasis on the obstacles faced by smallholder’s farmer while adopting innovations. The issue revolves around how small the scale of the business is and how farmers have limited access to market information and credit. Both issues pose as hindrance for farmers in adopting innovations.

Then, he linked the concept to his case study about Indonesian dairy farmers. As cited from IFC (2011), Indonesian dairy sector is centered in three provinces West, Central and East Java. The sector is dominated by smallholder dairy farmers that on average manage three cows per farmer with a productivity 10-11 liters/day. Most of the dairy farmers are members of dairy cooperatives that links farmers with milk processing companies.

Everyone was quite amazed at the fact that Indonesian dairy farmers is mostly small-scaled business, especially when compared to smallholder Australian farmers which have much greater number of dairy cows per farmer. Also, an interesting observation was deliberated during the discussion session on how Indonesia and Australia differs in defining ‘smallholder farmers’. Indonesia defines it based on the business scale (farm size and number of cows), while Australia defines it according to land ownership.

Overall, Rida highly appreciates the opportunity to share his research to the RLC community. He believes that presenting to people with different backgrounds is important as we are able to gain valuable insights from different perspectives. Even more so, this opportunity provides him with the chance to introduce and share stories about Indonesia to Australian local community.

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RLC Men’s Breakfast

The presentation was greatly praised and led to the invitation for Rida to visit one of the participant’s dairy farm in Northern Adelaide where he will have a chance to learn how to make hay. Building network and exchanging experience is definitely the expected outcome of such sharing practices.

Rida Akzar is a master student at Global Food and Agricultural Business, the University of Adelaide. His master research project is supervised by Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida.

Reference
IFC 2011, Working with Smallholders: A Handbook for Firms Building Sustainable Supply Chains, International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC USA.

 

Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan

GoLive Indonesia would like to thank Rida Akzar for sharing his experience and look forward to more great endeavors. We also look forward to accepting other inspiring stories. Send your experience via email to golive.moderator@gmail.com

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Rida Akzar on AARES Conference 2016

Another GoLive Indonesia #SharingMarch story featured Rida Akzar experiences on attending the 60th AARES Conference earlier this year in Canberra. GoLive Indonesia is proud to have the support of such talented young minds.

Rida Akzar is currently studying his Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business in The University of Adelaide. At the moment, he is working on his research project focusing on the adoption of dairy farm innovations of Indonesian smallholder farmers under supervision by Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida.

Last month he attended the 60th Annual Conference Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) 2-5 February 2016 in Canberra to present his research.  It was his first experience on presenting an international conference and was the only Master’s student to do so this time around. His preparation started early on in October 2014. The preparation evolved from developing an abstract, compiling a research proposal to securing research ethics for data collection and data analysis. During that time, he finds it really demanding and time consuming but was extremely grateful for the support given by his supervisory team.

He emphasises that by attending an international conference, he was provided with the opportunity and pathway to engage with the academic and research community especially in the agriculture field. Furthermore, the feedbacks and insights provided to him by renowned researchers on the field attending the conference is very useful in shaping the progress of this research project. He felt very fortunate

He adds that he also learnt many new things from what people are doing in the field, thus, enables him to update his knowledge. Another plus point is that he met with numerous senior researchers, professionals and other PhD students from other universities.  One interesting story is that he was able to have a short discussion with Professor David Pannell who is an author of one of the main article he cited in his thesis. He was curious to see if what he was doing is on the right track according to the Professor. From the discussion, the Professor recommends Rida to have a look at some related articles of him that may help to develop his research project.

In addition his presentation, Rida also attended a pre-conference event, early career researcher (ECR) workshop from January 29th to February 1st 2016. This three-day conference was organised by the AARES committee and attended by postgraduate students and young lecturers. The primary aim of this workshop was to provide an insight and advice to guide participants’ future career development across sectors: academia, government, and private. Speakers from various organisations attended this session and shared good insights to the participants about working in different sectors.

According to Rida, both events were extremely valuable for his networking and career development in the future. Thus, he encourages other master students to attend an international conference to be able to engage the research community. He also added that the conference is really important not only for people who are working in academia, but also people working in government and business sector.

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On top of building and expanding network, the conference is also a media for researchers to disseminate and communicate their innovative ideas, update sectoral trends and policy recommendations for the development of agricultural sector.

Rida would like to thank to his supervisory team (Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida) for the great support given by the Global Food Studies, The University of Adelaide and the AARES committee for the travel grants provided for him.

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Left: Professor David Pannell (Head of School of Agricultural and Resource Economics Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy University of Western Australia) Right: Dr Malcolm Wegener (Honorary Senior Research Fellow University of Queensland, The AARES President in 2012)

 

 

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University of Adelaide Returning Home Party for International Student

Farewell Party ISC On 28th of May 2015, International Student Center (ISC) University of Adelaide held a Returning Home party for International Student finishing their studies in this semester 1/2015. The event was opened by an hour presentation, discussing all the things that international students need to prepare after the study completion, such as degree parchment, transcript, completion letters, and information about post study visa options. This information is important for the International students that have completed their study, so that they can prepare all of the required things before returning to their respective countries. The students were given a guidebook that contains the list of all the essential matters prior to the returning home. The list includes Academic affairs (such as further study at the University of Adelaide, Academic Transcript, and graduation), financial matters (such as bank accounts closing and superannuation payment claims), and also other matters (such as packing, shipping, and baggage agents). Aside of that, there is also a brief guidance on what to expect after the students going back to their home country. This guidance is really important because the student must be aware of the changes in themselves after few years living in foreign country. It is said that the preparation can help reduce the disorientation and “culture shock” the students might undergo when returning home. It is said that there appear to be four distinctive phases, namely:

  • The excitement of returning
  • Re-establishment and frustration
  • Gaining a sense of control
  • Re-adaptation

Coming home is a period of integration because the student must learn to integrate all of the knowledge and experience learned abroad into their life back home. Family, friends, country, and the student himself are some areas in which the student often having difficulty readjusting. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that the students become aware of it and be prepared to face the differences ahead of their return. Farewell ISC 2 Last but not least, after the presentation session, the event ended with a  farewell party at Hub Central Mezzanine Floor (Level 5). In this event, all of the international students who are finishing their studies gathered together enjoying the foods and music prepared by the ISC-University of Adelaide team. The cozy and friendly atmosphere gave the students a chance to say goodbye to their peers and take photographs as a remembrance.

This article was prepared by Anindita Rumanti Dibyono and edited by Nuni Novitasari

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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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