Photo: Pencak Silat (The Guardian)

Starting next week, this year’s competition in Jakarta promises many familiar sports – and some that are rather less well-known. Get your guide to the most fascinating 2018 Asian Games events!

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  • Jalan Bersama 2018, a gathering of the Indonesia Diaspora Network took place last week in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens under the theme of ‘Melangkah Bersama Merajut Merah Putih’. Our new Blog Editor, Wella Andany gives a report on the weekend festivities!


  • Brisbane, TONIGHT – AIYA Queensland is going to the IndoOz Business Networking Dinner, with the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Pak Yohanes Kristiarto Legowo to attend. Tickets are limited so check the event for details.
  • Melbourne, 20 August – Join Dr Robertus Robet, Head of Sociology at the State University of Jakarta, as he delivers a seminar on ‘Academics and Electoral Politics in Indonesia’ at University of Melbourne, 3-4pm. For more information and to register your interest, click here.
  • Melbourne, 21 August – Join CILIS for the “Islamic Leadership in Indonesia Seminar & Book Launch: Religious Authority and Local Governance in Eastern Indonesia” by Dr Jeremy Kingsley, 5.30pm -7.30pm, Room 610, Level 6, Melbourne Law School. RSVPs essential.
  • Canberra, 22 August – AIYA ACT LX! Llewellyn Hall, 9:30am.
  • Melbourne, 22 August – AIYA Victoria LX! RMIT Building 80, 6pm.
  • Denpasar, 24 August – Professor Petra Tschakert, Deputy Head of School in the University of Western Australia School of Agriculture & Environment, will present a lecture on “Indonesia’s Position in Rural and International Development: Gender and Equality”. Please RSVP by 23 August.
  • Makassar, 25 August – AIYA East Indonesia LX at 7pm! Check out their Facebook page for more details.
  • Melbourne, 25 August – Join leading academics on Indonesian politics for ‘Dialog Dua Dekade: Democratisation and Its Challenges’, a forum on the current state of Indonesia’s democratisation at UniMelb, 10am – 3pm. The event is free, however registration is essential for nasi kuning purposes.
  • Brisbane, 30 August – Come along to the Indonesia Opportunities Networking Event held by AIYA and AIBC Queensland. It’s a chance for young professionals, business people and entrepreneurs to discover the opportunities that Indonesia provides.
  • Jakarta, 1 September – Interested in studying at Australia National University? Come to ANU Indonesia Open Day in Jakarta to explore your study options and scholarship opportunities. Register your interest here!
  • Sydney, 8 September – Enjoy a night of laughter at PPIA USYD’s biggest event, Nusantawa at Seymour Theatre! There will be Darto and Danang, Adjis Doa Ibu & Gilang Gombloh as well as Glenn Fredly to perform. Don’t miss out!


  • The Australian phase of Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will be hosted in Melbourne and Bendigo in October and November this year which means the program is looking for host families and host organisations in both locations! If you would like to be a host family or a host organisation for one of the lovely 18 Indonesian participants please apply here.
  • Calling all Indonesian speakers to join National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2018 competition. Submit a video of yourself speaking in Indonesian on this year’s theme “Diversity”. Head to the NAILA website for more information. Applications are open until 31 August!
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Swisscontact’s Sustainable Cocoa Production Program has partnered with the University of Sydney to conduct research on the diffusion of good agricultural practices among Indonesian cocoa farmers. As part of this cooperation, UniSyd is announcing a full-scholarship for a postgrad student, including international students, to research this issue. Applications close 31 August.
  • RMIT University is seeking someone passionate about the International Education sector for the position of Research Assistant. They will help to facilitate a new project in conjunction with ISANA International Education Association Inc. Click here to apply! Applications close 24 August.
  • Focus Group Participants Wanted for research on Indonesian Studies and Australia-Indonesia relations at the University of Melbourne, 27 August, 1-2pm and Monash University, 30 August, 1-2pm. You will receive a $30 gift voucher for your time. Email Dr Avery Poole at [email protected] to register your interest.
  • Calling all RMIT University students to participate in the 2018 Leadership Forum! For one day (27 August), discover inspiration and debate with 1,000 peers committed to standing up as the next generation of global leaders. Apply to participate here.
  • New Mandala is offering six young Indonesians with public policy expertise and an interest in writing the opportunity to join their team as Correspondent Fellows for the 2019 campaign season. Click here for more information and candidate criteria. Submit your application with this online form before 21:00WIB, Tuesday 21 August.  
  • Applications for all ACICIS programs close 1 September! Study and intern in Indonesia – areas including Indonesian Language, Agriculture, Development Studies, Creative Arts, Law, Business, Sustainable Tourism, Journalism & Public Health. $3,000 – $7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Early Bird tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Learn more here.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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