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For over fifty years, Australia has welcomed students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to study at our tertiary institutions on Australian government scholarships. An important premise behind the scholarship program has been the hope that the connections developed by these students with Australia will be long-lasting and mutually beneficial to Australia and partner governments.
The Scholarships and Connections project will examine this proposition by investigating the life stories/experiences of students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who were sponsored for Australian-based tertiary study from the 1950s-2010.
The project is especially interested in learning about the experiences of former scholarship-holders in leadership, the formation and activities of your networks and alumni groups and your ongoing connections with Australia. We hope this will to lead to a better understanding of the personal and professional networks among scholarship alumni and to record and communicate these experiences.
This month, members of the ADRI team, David Lowe and Jemma Purdey, visited project partner Dr Ahmed Suaedy at the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, to launch Scholarships and Connections.