Roundtable with Dr Steven Barraclough, Minister-Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Jakarta
April, New Colombo Plan (NCP) alumni and Australia Awards students from
Indonesia came together with Dr Steven Barraclough, Minister-Counsellor at the
Australian Embassy in Jakarta, for a roundtable discussion on the
roundtable, an initiative of the NCP Alumni Program, provided students with an
opportunity to share their perceptions of Indonesia and Australia before they
took up their studies, and how these had been transformed by living and
alumni emphasised the importance of travelling beyond the big cities in
Indonesia to get a more complete understanding of the country and its people,
while the Australia Awards scholars noted the influence of media in creating
misguided perceptions about each country.
roundtable discussion highlighted the importance of sharing some of the smaller
stories that reflect the nature of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral
relationship beyond major news events or formal government interactions.
order to build and strengthen their networks, Australia Awards scholars are
invited to networking events and development opportunities—like this roundtable
discussion—while studying in Australia.
NCP complements the Australia Awards by creating a genuine two-way exchange of
students between Australia and the region. It also encourages strengthened
engagement between current Australia Awards scholars and NCP alumni who have
since returned to Australia.