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With the release of The New Colombo Plan - some 60 years after its predecessor - comes renewed public interest in Australia-Asia relations, particularly with regard to Indonesia.
Enter Professor David Lowe and Dr Jemma Purdey.
The latest Conversation piece by Professor Lowe gives critical insight into Australia's engagement in its region, and to what effect the flows of people to and from Asia via scholarship networks can dictate wider relations with Asian nations.
Meanwhile, Dr Purdey (author of Knowing Indonesia: Intersections of Self, Discipline and Nation) heads the Alfred Deakin Research Institute's 'Scholarships and Connections' project - currently chronicling the experiencies of Indonesian and Papa New Guinean students who were sponsored to study in Australia in the last 50 years, of which Indonesian Vice-President, Dr Boediono, was one.
In fact, you can watch exclusive footage of both our experts interviewing the Vice President himself on our youtube channel.