23 August 2016

Deputy Vice Chancellor External Relations and Strategic Projects, Nigel Relph, shakes hands with a representative from Indonesia Ministry of Religion  at the signing of the MOUUniSA’s highly successful 2016 Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis for Policy Review and Formulation supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia Awards through Coffey, is just one successful example of the kinds of collaboration with Indonesia that will flow from a new partnership forged by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). 

The Graduate Certificate program saw 25 of Indonesia’s senior public servants from key departments study data analysis at UniSA to build skills to ensure the highest possible policy evaluation standards in their departments. 

The new partnership between the ATN and Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) signed this month strengthens ties between the two countries and opens up more opportunities for Indonesian students to further their academic and professional careers across the five-state network of ATN universities. 

ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh says the agreement builds upon the success and richness of the ATN’s existing connections with Indonesia and demonstrates their on-going commitment to the region in the long term. 

“We know the partnership will create more opportunities for Indonesia’s best and brightest to pursue successful careers and contribute to a highly mobile, highly competent workforce with the skills sets needed for business, government and industry worldwide,” Hindmarsh says. 

“Our universities are each committed to delivering high quality tertiary education, world-class research with real-world results, and an exceptional student experience with a focus on practical learning opportunities. 

“We know Indonesian students who choose to study at an ATN university will graduate industry-ready with the skills to thrive in, and create jobs for, the future. 

“These new agreements between the Indonesian Government and ATN members are particularly significant, given the large footprint that ATN universities have in the Australian higher education sector, teaching 20 per cent of Australia’s higher education students and 22 per cent of the international students who study in Australia. 

“Our universities are young, innovative and enterprising; all ATN members featured in the Top 25 universities under 50 years old in the 2015/2016 QS University rankings

“As a consortium, the ATN is committed to strengthening its ties in Indonesia and to continuing to provide opportunities for Australian and Indonesian students to learn together, access a world-class education with strong employability outcomes, but also having opportunities for cultural exchange, learning and understanding.”  

Of special interest at UniSA is its new Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) officially launched in August. 

Led by Professor Mohammad Abdalla, the Centre has teaching and research strengths in a range of fields including Islamic law and finance, the history of Islamic civilisations, scientific enterprise in Islamic civilisations, family relations and domestic violence and Islamic education.  

About the Australian Technology Network

ATN is a consortium of five major Australian universities; QUT in Brisbane, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University in Melbourne, University of South Australia in Adelaide and Curtin University in Perth.  

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli mobile: +61 418 823 673 email: michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au


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