NAILA 2017 was a great success with over 130 high quality video entries from Australians and Indonesians of all ages speaking on this year’s theme, “Origins.” Selamat untuk para pemenang! (Photo taken by Abbie Boyd)

In the news

  • Over this past week, Mount Agung in Bali showed eruption activities that left thousands of residents and tourists stranded. However, flights from Australia to Bali resumed since yesterday.
  • What can Mount Agung teach us to predict future volcano activities? ANU’s Richard John Arculus writes about using ‘volcano forensics’ to map the past and predict the future.
  • Good news! Indonesian citizens are now able to apply for Australian visas online and obtain an e-visa, which makes it easier for Indonesian nationals to apply without having to leave home and can be useful during peak season such as during the Summer.
  • How autonomous are Indonesian universities? As real autonomy involves the freedom to take a critical stance against the interests of the state and market, Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir think that this is where Indonesian universities are struggling.
  • Now that President Joko Widodo has passed his three year mark in power, how does the Indonesian public view his presidency? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Dr Djayadi Hanan in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
  • For a city that’s as big as Jakarta, why did the city only start to have a contemporary art museum last month? Turns out, a world-class Museum MACAN was made possible through one man’s art collection.
  • With many e-commerce companies are setting operations in the Indonesian market, the overarching implications of the rapid growth of internet commerce in Indonesia are more complicated. CAUSINDY Chairman Bede Moore writes on Indonesia’s aggressive leap into e-commerce.

On the blog

  • This week, we catch up with one of our members Albert Christian Soewongsono. Read his story on how Canberra tops as his favorite place in Australia, as a fan of B2M band after discovering them perform in Kupang, and his story in building AIYA NTT Chapter.


  • Sydney, 1 December – If you are still looking for something to do this afternoon, don’t miss out a panel discussion on music and technology for change hosted by Kopernik x Navicula followed by a live acoustic set at the University of Sydney at 5 PM!
  • Sydney, 10 December – Come to AIYA NSW’s annual Malam Trivia Night for a fun night of food, prizes, and test your knowledge on all things Australian and Indonesian!
  • Banda Aceh, 17 December – Attend the premiere screening of Aceh: beyond the tsunami, a documentary exploring the extraordinary stories of 2004 survivors and Q&A with the producers.
  • Yogyakarta, 19 December – The Aceh: beyond the tsunami movie team is also holding a screening in Yogya! Check out the details here on how you can attend the event.


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