Indonesia’s status as a maritime country seemingly does not guarantee that its fishers live prosperously. Yet, amid poverty and uncertainty about catches, Indonesian fishers seem to be happier than other professions in the agriculture sector.

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In the news

  • Educators in remote Indonesia visit students one by one during school closure as online learning is often not possible. Read the journey of Rahima Malik, a young teacher in East Nusa Tenggara province who goes above and beyond to ensure that her students are receiving the education they need and deserve. (Channel News Asia)
  • Following an evacuation of Australian students on ACICIS programs from Indonesia in March, cancellations have resulted in much of ACICI’s revenue being wiped out. If travel to Indonesia remains off-limits to Australian university students into 2021, the 25-year-old university joint venture will be out of business by October. Donate here to ensure ACICIS survive this pandemic. (PIE news)
  • In Indonesia, Adam Mitter is known as “the King”. The English defender is Persiraja Banda Ache’s captain in the country’s top fight. Mitter is a celebrity in Aceh and has an impressive social media following. Asik ya?! Read more about the Mitter, the celebrity English of Indonesian football. (the Guardian)
  • Given what is happening in the world, this doesn’t seem to be a natural time for talking about how Indonesia can attract more foreign investment. But it is important that Indonesia work to bring more foreign direct investment than it has been getting, to create badly needed jobs and raise skills for a rapidly changing world of work. (Strait Times)
  • Yuk, nonton sesi ABC Indonesia berbincang dengan pemegang Work & Holiday Visa asal Indonesia yang sedang bekerja di bidang-bidang yang menarik. Mereka juga berbagi tips dan menjawab pertanyaan bagi mereka yang tertarik untuk mengikutinya. Nonton disini ya! (ABC Indonesia)

On the Blog

  • Rebel Wilson. Apa yang pertama kali melintas di benak anda ketika membaca nama aktris ini? Aktris, pelawak sekaligus produser berkebangsaan Australia ini selalu hadir dengan film-filmnya yang mengundang gelak tawa. Nah, penasarankan bagaimana aksinya dalam setiap film? AIYA sudah merangkumnya untukmu 
  • Rebel Wilson. What first crossed your mind when you read the name of this actress? The Australian actress, comedian and producer is always present with her films that invite laughter. Well, I wonder how the action in every film? AIYA has summarised it for you.



AIYA x  UniBRIDGE Online Language Exchange (‘FLEX’)

AIYA is proud to present a new online version of our classic Language Exchange program for its members – Flexible Language Exchange or FLEX. This program will be run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project, and it will start this Sunday (timetable below). Please use your AIYA membership code to access FLEX. The code should have been emailed to you

AIYA dengan bangga mempersembahkan versi online dari program Language Exchange untuk member kami, ‘Flexible Language Exchange’ atau ‘FLEX.’ Program ini akan dijalankan dengan mitra dan kawan kami, UniBRIDGE Project, dan akan dimulai hari Minggu ini (jadwal dibawah). Silahkan pakai kode membership AIYA untuk mengakses FLEX. Kode ini telah di email kepada anda.

  • Grab some popcorn and join AIYA NSW tonight at 8pm AEST/ 5pm WIB for a special Reconciliation week themed screening for the Sapphires. For info on how to join in, head to AIYA NSW’s Facebook/ IG page @aiya_nsw.
  • Join AIYA Eastern Indonesia (NTT)’s online Chit Chat! Every Saturday this month at 11 am WITA. It will be lots of fun, and you will be able to meet new friends virtually and improve English skills. Stay tuned on their social media @aiya.eastindo to see what this week’s topic will be.
  • Interested in hearing from some Indonesian Studies experts in Australia? This AIYA Webinar will discuss Australia’s declining study of Indonesian in universities on 16 June. Join Emeritus Prof. David T. Hill AM, Kirrilly McKenzie and Dr Michelle Kohler for a great discussion! Register here.
  • Ayo! Nongkrong bareng dong ONLINE! Since the virus has prevented people from meeting in person and hanging out, join AIYA WA online instead via zoom on 18 June. We encourage members old and new, language speakers, beginner and fluent, and friends just interested to see how we roll. Stay tuned on their social media @aiya.wa
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online dance classes via zoom. They’re held Friday nights, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All ages and levels welcome. Read more – book via paypal here.
  • Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars on COVID-19 right to your living room. Join in for live discussions or surf through the archives of previous seminars here. 

COVID-19 support

  • AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • AIYA is aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.


  • Develop your career path through our professional mentoring program with CAUSINDY X AIYA mentorship program (PATHWAYS)! The program will see CAUSINDY alumni mentor students and early career professionals and empower them to navigate the beginning of their careers. Program mentees will be selected from current paid AIYA members only – AIYA members will have received the link to apply to their emails.
  • batyr are creating a new university mental health program for international students and they need your voice! Share your ideas and help us to develop the program! Please note: The workshops will be two hours long and you only need to attend one. Program Development Workshop Dates: Thursday 14th of May, Thursday 28th of May, and Thursday 18th of June. See the flyer – express your interest here.
  • With the entry into force of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement coming up, there are so many opportunities in the bilateral relationship. The Indonesia Australia Business Council is looking for a new Executive Director. More info here. 
  • The Rinjani Indah School in Lombok are seeking a native English speaking primary/elementary Teacher to join their team in 2020. Read more about the position and information on how to apply.
  • ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2020 registration is now open. Register your team of two ASEAN students from the same institution or different institutions before 30 June!. Click here for more info. 
  • The Indo-Pacific Future Leaders Programme is a foundational leadership programme designed to provide the next generation of policy thinkers living in Perth the skills, knowledge and network to enhance peace, prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific. It is open to Australia, ASEAN or US citizens, aged 18-29 currently living in Perth. Applications close 30 June. Read here for more info. 
  • Do you want to be a leader in your field and join an inspiring network of changemakers? Apply today for the Australia Awards Postgraduate Scholarships (open to Indonesian nationals) and gain a world-class education and become a leader for development. Deadline has been extended until 30 June 2020.
  • ASEAN scholarship to pursue higher studies at Nalanda University for the 2020-2022 batch is now open! The programme is open for students from ASEAN Member states to participate in a 2-year Master’s Programme in fourfields of study. Submit your application before 1 July 2020. Click here for more info. 
  • Do you have an innovative idea that could help solve a city challenge? The City of Melbourne (in cooperation with the City of Bandung) are looking for bright ideas to take part in this year’s Open Innovation Competition. The theme for this year’s Open Innovation Competition is ‘waste and the circular economy’, and will run until the 3 July 2020. Read more here!
  • Stay tuned! The ReelOzInd! 2020 Competition is now accepting entries until 1 August. The competition theme this year is ‘energi/energy’. Understandably, many filmmakers may be limited in some ways, but hopefully isolation can provide the perfect opportunity for your creativity to flourish! Find the Call for Submissions Trailer on YouTube here.
  • As 2020 began, the world watched as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly spread its way across the globe. Across the countries of ASEAN, this unprecedented event played out in diverse ways. Join Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s ASEAN Forum 2020: Responses to COVID-19, to learn more about how ASEAN countries have coped and adapted to this new world. More info here.
  • Scholarships are available from the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute and ASEAN Foundation Joint Post-graduate Scholarship Programme in Science and Technology.  The scholarships are available for ASEAN nationals (except Thai) who are interested in pursuing masters at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute. Send your application before 30 October 2020. More info here. 
  • ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Looking to upskill during self-isolation? Some Australian universities are offering a range of free online courses covering areas such as cyber security, climate change, business data analytics, digital marketing, mental health and many more. These are accessed through the website Future learn and Class Central.

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