The past year has been an eventful one for Indonesia – from major international sporting events and global conferences to economic woes and devastating natural disasters. As we begin 2019, the Jakarta Globe looks back at the events that have impacted the country and its people.
In the news
- Mr. Sutopo, the spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency, has become a household name as a source of reliable information during a deadly string of earthquakes, floods, landslides and the most recent tsunami. Meanwhile, he has been dealing with his own calamity.
- Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa have begun to assume responsibilities as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
- Chatib Basri, finance minister during the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the former governor of South Sulawesi, are among 11 new appointees to Jokowi’s Presidential Staff Office.
- Indonesia’s scientists’ diaspora are an important resource that can be harnessed by the government for national growth in research and innovation. Despite lagging in scientific publications, Indonesia has the key ingredients to become a major global research hub.
- Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation.
On the blog
- Member Spotlight – It’s time to meet another dedicated young person working behind the scenes to help spread AIYA’s mission to connect, inform and inspire. This week, we have AIYA’s Web & IT Officer, Agus, yuk kenalan!
- Jakarta, 7 & 10 January – FKP is a consortium of various institutions in Indonesia, and alongside ANU’s Indonesia Project, hosts a series of research based policy forums discussing topical policy issues in Indonesia. The first two seminars of 2019 will be hosted by WRI Indonesia and are entitled, ‘Towards Cleaner and More Affordable Household Energy Sources in Indonesia’ and ‘Innovative Economic Approaches to Tackle Deforestation in Indonesia’. Register now!
- Sydney, 18 & 19 January – Siti Rubiyah is the first play by feminist horror filmmaker Katrina Irawati Graham, a contemporary Indonesian-Australian work inspired in part by Mochtar Lubis’s classic 1975 novel Harimau! Harimau! (Tiger!). Check it out at Carriageworks, Sydney from 6pm – it’s free! More details here.
- Balai Bahasa dan Budaya of NSW is seeking anyone from AIYA NSW interested in joining their 2019 executive committee. Balai Bahasa help promote the value of learning about Indonesian language and culture across NSW. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to build up their skills set while expanding their network. There may be also opportunities to work with schools and the Indonesian Consulate next year. If you’re interested, contact Jane Ahlstrand via email: [email protected] or WhatsApp at: +61439248958.
- If you have relevant work experience or interest in Indonesia’s sustainable tourism sector, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for 2019 Sustainable Tourism Development short course. This is a fully funded scholarship from Australia Awards. Apply here before 13 January to contribute more to tourism development in Indonesia!
- A call for papers for the 12th International Indonesia Forum Conference “Rising to the Occasion: Indonesian Creativity, Ingenuity, and Innovation in a World in Transition”, is open until 31 March 2019. The conference will be held from 26–27 June 2019 in Taiwan. Find out more & submit your proposals here!
- Are you looking to improve your business development skills set by working on real problems over the summer? Participate in the Building a Social Business online course, hosted by our director of partnerships and memberships, Sam Shlansky, at econome. Take advantage of the discount to get $100 off the normal price of $199 by emailing your interest to [email protected].
- Check out the upcoming applications for Hamer Scholarships 2019! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
- Do you want to make positive change in your community? If you have a bright idea, don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply for the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS). The Australian Awards are proud to have supported more than 100 projects across Indonesia since 2014, could yours be next? Applications are open to Indonesian nationals until 21 January 2019. For more information, click the link.
- The WEA Sydney provides Indonesian Beginners Courses for adults and is located 5 minutes walk from Townhall Station. It’s perfect for those with no previous knowledge of Indonesian language and who wish to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Sign up for the next course, commencing early February!
- The 2018 – 2019 Short Film Competition for the 14th Indonesian Film Festival has begun. The competition is open to all public from the 5th of November 2018 until the 3rd of March 2019. This year’s theme will explore “The Unknown”. Show off your creative skills for the chance to win a grand prize of AUD $750! For more information regarding competition rules and regulations, head to their website.
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.